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The West Indies openers weathered the storm in the first one hour of play on day-3, notching up a half century stand in the process © Getty Images (File Photo)

Dec 19, 2014

West Indies openers, Kraigg Brathwaite and the in form Devon Smith have notched up a fifty run stand in the first Test against South Africa at centurion. The duo have begun solidly on an overcast third morning. They have both looked largely assured at the crease against a formidable South Africa attack which should help calm nerves down in the dressing room.

Play began half an early as it was abandoned prematurely due to rain on Day 2. South Africa declared their inning at a mammoth 552 for five. Records were conquered on the way to the eventual score of 552. Hashim Amla’s 208 was the highest score by a South African captain at home. Adding 308 runs, Amla and AB de Villiers registered the highest fourth wicket partnership for South Africa and Stiaan van Zyl became the fifth South African debutant to score a century, and only the first to score a century at home.