The West Indies lost their last seven wickets for a mere 39 runs against South Africa at Centurion © Getty Images (File Photo)
The West Indies lost their last seven wickets for a mere 39 runs against South Africa at Centurion © Getty Images (File Photo)

Dec 19, 2014 

West Indies lost their last four wickets quicker than one could utter the words ‘follow on’. They added a mere 17 runs to their 184 for 6 before being bundled out for 201. With a massive lead of 351 and their bowlers fresh South Africa have expectedly enforced the follow on. Hashim Amla surprised one and all by introducing left arm spinner Deal Elgar early into the final session. The move was aimed at enticing the West Indies lower order into playing shots or even to quicken up the over-rate which had been abysmally slow. The move paid dividends immediately as Denesh Ramdin tried to drive him injudiciously only to be caught at cover for what was a soft dismissal. The wicket of Ramdin marked the beginning of an inevitable end. Morne Morkel struck from the other end as Jerome Taylor gave him a simple return catch. It was Morkel who accounted for the the ninth wicket of Sheldon Cottrell as well, which was also the final wicket of the innings since Kemar Roach was absent hurt.

Earlier during the day the West Indies openers began brightly on an overcast morning. The duo of Kraigg Brathwaite and Devon Smith batted confidently against the best bowling attack in the world. The pair added 72 runs for the opening wicket before the West Indies downslide began with the unfortunate dismissal of Devon Smith. Devon was given out caught behind on review even though the replays suggested the ball had flicked his thigh. The third Umpire noticed something the rest of the World missed and the Decision Review System itself was discredited. The West Indies’ have had a disease that involves batsmen entering their 30’s and throwing their wickets away. The pattern was discernible in their performance in the first innings with as many four top order batsmen scoring attractive 30’s before being dismissed against the run of play. West Indies lost their last seven wicket for a mere 39 runs.

Brief Scores:

South Africa 552 for 5 decl. (Hashim Amla 208, AB de Villiers 152; Kemar Roach 2 for 52) lead West Indies 201  ( Devon Smith 35, Kraigg Brathwaite 34; Vernon Philander 4 for 29, Morne Morkel 3 for 55 ) by 351  runs

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