Hashim Amla scored his third Test double ton against West Indies at Centurion © Getty Images
Hashim Amla scored his third Test double ton against West Indies at Centurion © Getty Images

Dec 18, 2014

Its stumps on Day-two of the first Test between South Africa and West Indies at centurion. Incessant rain has compelled the umpires to call it stumps with South Africa having declared their innings at 552 for five. The West Indies will be a relieved bunch as the abandonment in play eats into the time they otherwise may have to bat to save the Test. Thunderstorms are forecast for the remaining three days of the Test as well.

Earlier during the Day it was records galore for the Proteas. To begin with AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla completed a 300-run stand, a partnership which was eventually separated at 308. Subsequent to that Amla brought up his third Test match Double hundred. Amla’s 208 was the highest score by a South African captain at home and in addition to that it was also the highest individual score at SuperSport Park Centurion.

Amla’s feat was followed by another rare milestone in South African cricket, which was a century on debut by Stiaan Van Zyl, who got a well compiled hundred. He became only the fifth South African to achieve this feat. The other four were Andrew Hudson, Jaques Rudolph, Alviro Petersen and Faf du Plessis. Interestingly all five hundreds on debut for South Africa were scored post reinstatement. Hashim Amla called his players back immediately after Van Zyl completed the landmark to give the west Indies openers a few uncomfortable overs from the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel to extend their advantage further but persistent rain brought about a premature end to the day’s proceedings.

Brief Scores:

South Africa 552 for 5 dec ( Hashim Amla 208, AB de Villiers 152, Kemar Roach 2 for 52, Suliman Benn 2 for 148) vs West Indies

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