Dean Elgar is dismissed for a brilliant 122 © Getty Images
Dean Elgar is dismissed for a brilliant 122 © Getty Images

Dec 26, 2014

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(South Africa will aim to carry the momentum in the second Test, and the West Indies will be up against another huge challenge. Catch Live Cricket Scores of the match here)

Both South Africa and West Indies have expectedly made a couple of changes. Temba Bavuma makes his debut in place of Quinton de Kock and Imran Tahir has been preferred ahead of Kyle Abbott as spin is likely to play a bigger part at Port Elizabeth. South Africa are going into the match with a horses for courses approach. West Indies on the other hand have made a forced change with Kemar Roach out, Jason Holder has been handed his second Test match cap and Shannon Gabriel has replaced the largely ineffective Sheldon Cottrell. They’ve strengthened the bowling attack further by adding Kenroy Peters in place of Jemaine Blackwood.


STUMPS!!!! That’s it for today. South Africa finish on 270 for two with Amla (17) and du Plessis (99) in control of the Proteas innings. du Plessis just a run short of his century.


OUT!!!!! Finally, the much needed break-through for West Indies comes in the third session of the day as Dean Elgar is dismissed for 122 by Kenroy Peters as he edges him behind to Denesh Ramdin. 179-run partnership comes to an end. Hashim Amla comes in.
OUT! Dean Elgar c Ramdin b Peters 122 (239)

Another good six overs with nothing new. Elgar and du Plessis continue to build a strong partnership and leave the West Indies bowlers halpless and pegging for a wicket.

Good five overs for South Africa as both the batsmen have something to cheer for. Faf du Plessis scores his seventh Test half-century while Dean Elgar scores his third Test century.

Good start to the post teas session as well and it’s the same story that keeps to continue for the day. Elgar meanwhile approaches his century while du Plessis scores his half-century.

TEA!!!! So no wickets for South Africa in this session as both the batsmen bring up the 100-run stand for the second wicket and put South Africa in driver’s seat.

Another good seven overs for South Africa as no harm is done and the batsmen continue to bat comfortably with ease and enjoy their moment out there without letting the team suffer any setback.

It’s half century for opener, Dean Elgar as he scores it off 127 deliveries. A long innings, but a sensible one as well. Faf du Plessis is batting good as well while West Indies bowlers are having a tough time to break the partnership.

As both the teams resume3d their proceeding after lunch, South Africa continue to play in the same manner as they were in the first session with no harm done as Dean Elgar approaches his third half-century, batting in the forties. South Africa bring up their 100 as well.

LUNCH!!!! So South Africa are pretty much in control in the first innings on Day 1 as the umpires call for lunch. Apart from the dismissal of Petersen, there hasn’t been anything interesting or something to talk about. However, South Africa would surely get stronger in the 2nd session and so could the Windies.

No harm done following Alviro Petersen’s dismissal as it’s Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis who take control and have maintained their composure well enough not allowing themselves to be ambitious from the start and play a safe innings.

GONE!!!!!! First break-through for West Indies and it’s Alviro Petersen who departs for cheap 17 off 35 deliveries as he is caught by Leon Johnson off Shannon Gabriel. Faf du Plessis comes in.
OUT! Alviro Petersen c Johnson b Shannon Gabriel 17 (35)

Good start to the South African innings as openers Alviro Petersen and Dean Elgar in total control at the opening stages of the innings. Just a couple of boundaries coming in the eight overs so far with the one in the opening delivery by Jerome Taylor to Elgar.

Teams:

South Africa: Alviro Petersen, Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Stiaan van Zyl, Temba Bavuma, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir.

West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Devon Smith, Leon Johnson, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Denesh Ramdin, Jason Holder, Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn, Shannon Garbriel and Kenroy Peters


West Indies win the toss and elect to bowl


Herschelle Gibbs presents Temba Bavuma his Test cap. Bavuma raplaces Quinton de Kock who had injured his ankle in practice during the first Test at Centurion. Bavuma is the second debutant for South Africa in as many matches.


Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the second Test, Day One’s play between South Africa and the West Indies at the St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Friday. This is Ayush Gupta, and I will be bringing you the updates from the opening day’s play. PREVIEW: South Africa vs West Indies 2nd Test

South Africa lead the three-match series 1-0, having smashed the tourists by an inings and 220 runs at the Supersports Park in Centurion last week. Dale Steyn was the hero for the South Africans in the second innings, after Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers smashed centuries in the first essay.

According to AFP,  West Indian captain Denesh Ramdin said on Thursday he believed his team’s problems against South Africa was a lack of self-belief although he stressed several times they were up against the No. 1 team in the world. Speaking ahead of the second Test, which starts at St George’s Park on Friday, Ramdin said: “We need to believe in ourselves.”

He highlighted the failure of any West Indian batsman to score more than 39 on the way to defeat by an innings and 220 runs in the first Test in Centurion. The West Indies batting line-up had been significantly weakened prior to the tour with the withdrawals of explosive opener Chris Gayle and the experienced Darren Bravo. “We’ve stressed to the guys who got starts in the first Test that they need to kick on to 70, 80, even a hundred,” Ramdin added.

Squads:

South Africa: Hashim Amla (c), Alviro Peterson, Dean Elgar, AB de Villiers (wk), Faf  du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Imran Tahir, Kyle Abbott, Temba Bavuma, Stiaan van Zyl, Kagiso Rabada.

West Indies: Denesh Ramdin (c & wk), Devon Smith, Leon Johnson, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Jermaine Blackwood, Chadwick Walton (wk), Sulieman Benn, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Narsingh Deonarine, Kenroy Peters, Jerome Taylor.

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