Debutant spinner, Simon Harmer ended with figures 4-82 in West Indies' second innings © Getty Images
Debutant spinner, Simon Harmer ended with figures 4-82 in West Indies’ second innings © Getty Images

Jan 6, 2015

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South Africa coasted home by eight wickets on Day Five of the third Test against the West Indies at Cape Town. The Proteas began the final day on a circumspect note, giving due respect to Sulieman Benn who was ideally suited to exploit the conditions. The West Indies to their credit kept the pressure up momentarily but South Africa weathered the storm. Dean Elgar scored more fluently as his innings progressed while his partner Faf du Plessis fell victim to a snorter from Sulieman Benn. Hashim Amla joined Elgar in the middle and took South Africa over the line in the first session itself. The duo added 73 runs together. Dean Elgar finished with an unbeaten 69, where as Hashim Amla was not out on 38. Sulieman Benn was the lone wicket taker for West Indies on the final Day and in the South African second innings finishing with impressive figures of two for 24 in 17 overs but all in vain.

Earlier West Indies were steamrolled by Dale Steyn and Simon Harmer on a rain truncated Day Four. West Indies were in the game with Marlon Samuels and Shivnarine Chanderpaul at the crease at 182 for three but the traditional middle and lower order slaughter followed the untimely loss of Samuels’ wicket who was hell bent on hitting Simon Harmer out of the park. His ego got the better of him and the West Indies collapsed like a pack of cards there after. Chanderpaul was left stranded as the visitors committed Hara-kiri. The West Indies innings concluded with the fall of Chanderpaul’s wicket in the form of a run out for 50 leaving the West Indies a paltry 123 to defend.

South Africa have coasted home riding on a 73-run fourth wicket stand between Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla. South Africa by virtue of this win ensured that they retain the number one Test ranking and sealed the three match test series two nil. AB de Villiers was awarded the man of the match for a spectacular 148 in the first innings where as Hashim Amla earned the man of the series award in his first assignment as captain at home.

 

 

Finally reward for Sulieman Benn for his consistency. The fifth day pitch played its part as the ball kicked disconcertingly off a length to take the shoulder of du Plessis’ bat to spoon up to backward point where there was almost a collision but Jermaine Blackwood held on. Du Plessis painstaking innings concludes. Is there still hope for the West Indies?
OUT! Faf du Plessis 14 (69) C Blackwood B Benn

 

 

Dean Elgar has found his groove to give the South African innings some impetus. He is batting on 26 off 48 balls,steadily increasing his rate of scoring. A six off the bowling of Sulieman Benn stood out. South Africa are closing in on their fifty. Its a question of when rather than if South Africa will win this. The ‘C’ word is a thing of the past perhaps.

 

West Indian bowlers have been uncharacteristically disciplined over the first seven overs on Day Five. They haven’t conceded a run yet The wicket of Alviro Petersen seems to have given them a lift. Dean Elgar and Faf du plsessis on the other hand are biding their time as they seem to recognise that the West Indies are unable to sustain pressure over long periods and soon runs will start to flow. Besides they have an entire Day to score 115 more runs with nine wickets in tact. Will the ‘C’ word come to haunt the hosts again though? There is encouragement from the pitch for Sulieman Benn who holds the key for the West Indies.