South Africa lead the three match series one nil © Getty Images
South Africa lead the three match series one nil © Getty Images

Jan 2, 2015

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West Indies concluded Day One of the third Test against South Africa at 276 for 6. The tourists lost the wicket of Chanderpaul early into the final session. His wicket was accounted for by Simon Harmer who struck for the third time on debut. West Indies were perilously placed at 172 for five before captain Denesh Ramdin and Jermaine Blackwood who was recalled to the eleven at the expense of Kenroy Peters stitched together 94 invaluable runs for the 6th wicket. Ramdin registered his 12th Test fifty in the process. Unfortunately for the visitors Ramdin was dismissed soon after completing a half-century. With the wicket of Ramdin, Dale Steyn became the second highest wicket taker for South Africa in Tests. Steyn now has 391 wickets to his credit. Blackwood and Jason Holder played out a dangerous period of half an hour to leave the match evenly poised, perhaps slightly tilted in favour of the hosts.

Earlier Denesh Ramdin won a third successive toss and decided to make first use of a benign looking surface at Cape Town this time around. The traditional New Year Test returns to Cape Town after Newlands was robbed off it last year when  India decided to shorten their tour sighting a packed Schedule ahead. Both teams have made a solitary change with Simon Harmer making his debut for the hosts, replacing Imran Tahir, where as the tourists have opted for an extra batsman in the form Jermaine blackwood instead of an insipid looking Kenroy Peters.

South Africa struck six overs into the second new ball as Dale Steyn got rid of Denesh Ramdin for a well compiled half-century. The wicket of Ramdin was Steyn’s 391st Test scalp. Steyn is now the second highest wicket taker for South Africa in Tests. Jason Holder joined Jermaine Blackwood in the middle as the duo played out a dangerous passage of play to end Day One at 276 for 6.
OUT! Denesh Ramdin 53 (103) C&B Steyn



West Indies find themselves in further strife as they lost the wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul immediately after the tea break. Chanderpaul was Simon Harmer’s third wicket for the innings. Chanderpaul’s parched run of form continues as in the four innings on the tour of South Africa thus far, he has registered scores of just 4, 21, 7 and 9.
OUT! Shivnarine Chanderpaul 9 (48) ST AB de Villiers B Simon Harmer


Leon Johnson brought up his second Test fifty early into the second session against South Africa before being dismissed for 54 off the bowling of debutant Simon Harper who has made an impression early into the game, having claimed wickets of two set batsmen. Johnson and Marlon Samuels had added 51 runs for the third wicket partnership. Shivnarine Chanderpaul has joined Samuels in the middle. Its a critical period of play for the tourists.
OUT! Leon Johnson 54 (84) LBW Simon Harper



West Indies have surpassed the 100-run mark early into the second session. Marlon samuels has joined Leon Johnson in the middle. Samules had scored a fantastic hundred in the previous Test at Port Elizabeth, the tourists would hope for an encore from the talented right hander.


The untimely wicket of Devon Smith last ball before lunch meant the honours were shared as West Indies went to lunch at 80 for two. Devon was debutant Simon Harper’s maiden Test wicket. Leon Johnson is batting on 24, Marlon Samuels will join him in the middle post lunch.
OUT! Devon Smith 47(86) B Simon Harper


West Indies surpass the 50-run mark without any further loss of wickets. Devon Smith and Leon Johnson have done well after the wicket of Kraigg Brathwaite. Devon has looked in good touch once again. He’d like to convert it into something more substantial in this crucial third Test at Cape Town.


Kraigg Brathwaite failed to repeat the heroics of the second Test as edged Dale Steyn to gully for a measly seven off 35 balls. West Indies have been pegged back with the fall of Brathwaite’s wicket after the openers had weathered the early storm. The breakthrough may open the flood gates for the proteas.
OUT! Kraigg Brathwaite 7 (35) C Elgar B Steyn



West Indies openers have been circumspect to begin the with on the first morning at Newlands Cape Town after Denesh Ramdin decided to bat first in the series for the first time. West Indies will require runs from their top order considering how brittle their tail has been through the course of the series.





South Africa: Dean Elgar, Alviro Petersen, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla (capt), AB de Villiers, (wk), Temba Bavuma, Stiaan van Zyl, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Simon Harmer and Morne Morkel.

West Indies:  Kraigg Brathwaite, Devon Smith, Leon Johnson, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder, Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn and Shannon Gabriel.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the third Test between South Africa and West Indies at Cape Town. This is Ankur Dhawan, and I will be bringing you the updates of the match.

The collapse was triggered by off-spinner Imran Tahir who claimed wickets of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dinesh Ramdin and Sulieman Benn. Morne Morkel also excelled with the ball taking four wickets. Marlon Samuels and Kraigg Brathwaite scored centuries for West Indies.

South Africa’s total of 417 came on the back of hundreds by Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis. Later in their innings Dale Steyn, more renowned for his bowling pulled out some amazing big-hits to score 58 of only 35 balls. South Africa will be hoping for clear weather during the course of the third Test and will try and win the series 2-0.

Only one complete innings was managed in the second Test with South Africa declaring at a dominant 417-8 in the first innings. West Indies were left at 275-9 with South Africa one wicket short of finishing their innings. The West Indians looked strong at 231 for the loss of only two wickets but later lost 7 wickets for just 44 runs.


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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