Kraigg Brathwaite top-scored for West Indies with a knock of 106 © Getty Images
Kraigg Brathwaite top-scored for West Indies with a knock of 106 © Getty Images

Dec 30, 2014

South Africa and West Indies face off on the final day of the second Test at St. George’s Park at Port Elizabeth on Tuesday. West Indies were batting on a score of 275 for nine at the end of the fourth day, with Jerome Taylor batting on a score of 10 and Shannon Gabriel yet to open his account. The visitors were trailing the Proteas first innings score of 417 for eight.

The West Indians were off to a strong start, having resumed from their overnight score of 147 for two. The highlight of the West Indian batting performance was a record 176-run stand for the third wicket between Kraigg Brathwaite (106) and Marlon Samuels (101). Samuels’ dismissal however, triggered a major collapse as Imran Tahir and Morne Morkel began to topple the West Indian batsmen one after the other. West Indies lost their last seven wickets for a mere 44 runs.

Morkel and Tahir emerged the leading wicket-takers for the South Africans with figures of four for 69 and three for 108. Although the match appears to be headed for a draw, the South Africans will be hoping to bat for a few overs in order to set a challenging target for the visitors in order to take an unassailable 2-0 target.

Brief scores:

South Africa 417 for 8 decl. (Dean Elgar 121, Faf du Plessis 103; Kenroy Peters 2 for 69, Shannon Gabriel 2 for 80) lead West Indies 275 for 9 (Kraigg Brathwaite 106, Marlon Samuels 101; Morne Morkel 4 for 69, Imaran Tahir 3 for 108) by 142 runs.

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