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AB de Villiers was in sublime form as he made a brilliant 148 in the first innings © Getty Images

Jan 5, 2015                

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West Indies committed Hara-Kiri at the fag end of a rain curtailed fourth Day at Cape Town against South Africa. West Indies lost their last seven wickets for a meager 33 runs to be bowled out for 215 when at one stage they were sitting pretty at 182 for three. The wicket of Marlon Samuels marked the beginning of the end off the West Indian innings.

Samuels made a valuable 74 but the tourists needed more from him in this crucial Test match. Dale Steyn and the West Indies lower order lived up to their respective reputations as the visitors were steamrolled after the wicket of Samuels. Jermaine Blackwood was bowled by Steyn for 13, Denesh Ramdin followed suit to be dismissed by Steyn for a golden duck.

Simon Harmer then joined in as the Proteas dug their teeth deeper into the West Indies lower order. At one point the visitors lost number seven, eight and nine at the same score, reading 213. Although, Shivnarine Chanderpaul  played a valiant innings of 50 which was his 66th Test half century, he inexplicably decided not to farm the strike, exposing the tail to the pace and prodigious reverse swing of Steyn. Eventually the southpaw was run out for exactly 50 leaving the South Africans just a 124 runs to win and three overs to negotiate on the fourth evening. Sulieman Benn provided the visitors a moment of joy on the brink of stumps as he bowled Alviro Petersen for a duck off what turned out to be the last ball of the day. South Africa now require 115 runs to seal the series two nil with an entire day’s cricket remaining.

So a little something for the West Indies to smile about at stumps as Sulieman Benn strikes in his first over. Alviro Petersen’s poor run continues. He has been cleaned up for a seven ball duck.
OUT! Alviro Petersen 0 (7) B Sulieman Benn

 

 

 

 


 

Shivnarine Chanderpaul inexplicably decided not to farm the strike batting with the tail. You’d think with all his experience and experience in similar situations he would have done better. He was the last man out for a valiant but strange innings of 50.
OUT! Shivnarine Chanderpaul 50 (113) run out Bavuma

 

 

West Indies have now lost three wickets on the same score to find themselves nine down for 213. Sulieman Benn becomes Steyn’s third victim. West Indies lead by just 121.
OUT! Sulieman Benn 0 (4) C de Villiers B Steyn

 

West Indies have a penchant for losing wickets in clusters. They are now eight down for 213 leaving Shivnarine Chanderpaul stranded on 50.
OUT! Jerome Taylor 0 (2) C Elgar B Harmer

 

Jason Holder is the seventh West Indies batsman to be dismissed late on Day Four. Simon Harmer has struck for the third time this innings. He has snapped six wickets for the match already.
OUT! Jason Holder 2 (16) C Amla B Harmer

 

Dale Steyn is on fire. It took him a whole of 20 overs to get off the mark on the wickets column, there is n0 stopping him once he has sensed blood. A pumped up Steyn dismissed Denesh Ramdin for a golden duck and South Africa must believe they can wrap up the West Indian innings tonight. Yet again Shivnarine Chanderpaul continues to fight a lone battle for the tourists.
OUT! Denesh Ramdin 0 (1) C Harmer B Steyn

 

West Indies have lost their fifth wicket, that off Jermaine Blackwood who was cleaned up Dale Steyn for a measly 13. Blackwood was Steyn’s first wicket in the second innings. There is some reverse swing on offer for Steyn and he could run through the brittle West Indies lower order in no time. If not with reverse swing then the second new ball is due in eight overs time.
OUT! Jermaine Blackwood 13 (26) B Dale Steyn

 

 

 

 

West Indies have extended their lead past a hundred with 45 minutes of cricket remaining in the day. Shivnarine Chanderpaul has mysteriously found his timing .Jermaine Blackwood is giving the veteran company as West Indies close in on the 200-run mark. The pitch doesn’t have any demons so it’ll be hard for the West Indies to assess what an ideal score to declare might be,

 

Marlon samuels has let his ego get the better of him as he holes out at long on for a well constructed 74. He had attacked Simon Harmer from the outset and hitherto had the better of the spinner, but as it takes just one ball for a bowler to exact revenge, Simon Harmer wins the battle. West Indies lead by 90 and are four down.
OUT! marlon Samuels 74 (150) C Elgar B Harmer

 

 

Marlon Samuels has notched up his 21st Test fifty off 107 balls. Samuels has been subdued against the pace of Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn but has attacked debutant Simon Harmer from the outset. However he is keeping the fielders in the deep on their toes. West Indies need quick runs and a lot of them to transfer the pressure back on to the hosts.

 

Johnson is fishing for the ball outside the off-stump and he nicks one to slip, where Amla grabs the catch. Early strike for South Africa sets the cat among the pigeons with West Indies merely three runs in front.
Leon Johnson 44 c Amla b Morkel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incessant rain has left the outfield at Newlands Cape Town sodden. A direct consequence of that, the entire first session on Day Four was wiped out. We should have been half an hour into the second session on a normal day but the rain gods have been unkind and we have lost plenty of overs which will in all likelihood influence the eventual outcome of this Test match. The onus is on the West Indies to push for a win since South Africa are one nil up in the series. The previous Test at Port Elizabeth was also rain affected and eventually ended in a tame draw. While South Africa may be cooling their heels, West Indies will be anxious to get going with the match. The next inspection is due at 2 pm local time; 17:30 IST.

 

 

 

— Mike Haysman (@MikeHaysman) January 5, 2015