Marlon Samuels's half-century came off 80 deliveries that included seven boundaries with a strike-rate of 62.50 © IANS (File Photo)
Marlon Samuels’s half-century came off 80 deliveries that included seven boundaries with a strike-rate of 62.50 © IANS (File Photo)

Dec 28, 2014

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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the third day’s play at Port Elizabeth between South Africa and the West Indies here. This is Ayush Gupta, and I will be bringing you the updates of the match.Incessant rain brought about a premature end to proceedings on Day Two. In Fact only six overs were delivered. Catch live streaming of the match here

Faf du Plessis who resumed batting on 99 not out on Day Two had enough time to notch up his fourth Test match hundred before being dismissed by a beauty from Jerome Taylor. For the first time in the series the West Indies pacers looked in some sort of rhythm but their joy was short lived as play was stalled by heavy rain throughout the day.

South Africa declared their innings on 417 for the loss of seven wickets against West Indies in the second of the three-match Test series at St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.Vernon Philander remained unbeaten on 13 while Dean Elgar was the highest scorer of the innings with a score of 121.

Play called off

Bad light stops play

BAD LIGHT!!!! So the play stops for the moment as the umpires believe it’s not good enough to continuel. The players walk-off and the covers come in as well as it’s starting to drizzle as well.

No harm done agains and West Indies have gained a fair amount of control in the game with the bat as Marlon Samuels looks in a good touch and keeps smashing boundaries occasionally of the weaker ball as he nears his half-century while Braithwaite continues to bat comfortably.

Same story continues as both Samuels and Brathwaite are in total control of the innings at present as they bring up the 50-run stand for the second wicket while Samuels is saved off a dismissal, thanks to the DRS as an lbw originally given out is turned down.

Another good five overs for the Windies as Samuels and Braithwaite are totally in charge while the South African bowlers too continue to bowl a good line as well and are being occasionally smashed for boundaries of the weaker deliveries.

Good start to the post tea session as Samuels and Brathwaite have the control after two quick loss of wickets just before the tea break. Brathwaite meanwhile brings up his half-century as well.

GONE!!!! Two in a row for Morne Morkel as Devon Smith and Leon Johnson depart for 22 and a golden duck respectively. All of a sudden, South Africa are back into the game after a promising start by the West Indies openers.
OUT! Devon Smith c Amla b Morkel 22 (46), Leon Johnson c du Plessis b Morkel 0 (1)

Another good few overs for West Indies as no harm is done and both the batsmen are on their way to bring up the 50-run stand for the opening wicket.

Good start to the West Indian innings as Devon Smith and Kraigg Brathwaite take control of the innings as the opening pair and make sure that South Africa do not cause early set back to their troubled side.

South Africa declare it on 417

DECLARATION!!!! South Africa declare their innings following a quick-fire half-century from Dale Steyn bringing up his second Test half-century in just 26 deliveries smashing six boundaries and three sixes.
OUT! Dale Steyn c Holder b Benn 58 (28)

Good start to the post-lunch session, especially by Dale Steyn who is on a roll, smashing it all over the park for boundaries and sixes as he brings up 33 in just 18 deliveries.

GONE!!!! Stiaan van Zyl, who scored a century in his last debut match at Centurion is dismissed for 29 off Kenroy Peters who makes him caught behind by Denesh Ramdin.
OUT! Stiaan van Zyl c Ramdin b Peters 29 (49)

GONE!!!! Temab Bavuma’s brief stay at the crease comes to an end for a marginally low contribution of 10 runs as a beautiful straight and rising delivery from Shannon Gabriel is edged straight to Denesh Ramdin.
OUT! Temba Bavuma c Ramdin b Gabriel 10 (35)

Good seven overs as no harm done following two quick dismissals of Hashim Amla and Ab de Villiers as Temba Bevuma and Stiaan van Zyl take control of the innings and despite being new and playing a reserved innings without going for any undue risks.

GONE AGAIN!!!! Oh dear, we didn’t expect this from the Proteas, but were sure of the Windies coming up with something and they surely did. Jerome Taylor with a beauty, straight on to the stumps, de Villiers misses it completely and the off-stump is up-rooted.
OUT! AB de Villiers b Taylor 10 (25)

GONE!!!! Hashim Amla, the skipper has to depart for 33. He was looking good on his way to a half-century, but is trapped leg-before by Jason Holder. Thought for going upstairs, but I believe he was too late to take the call.
OUT! Hashim Amla lbw b Holder 33 (63)

Good start to the day for South Africa as the first couple of overs are sensibly played by Hashim Amla smashing a couple of boundaries in the opening over of the day and put pressure back on the Windies right from the start.

Read Day two’s report here