There were as many as three run outs in the South African first innings at Cape Town © Getty Images
There were as many as three run outs in the South African first innings at Cape Town © Getty Images

Jan 5, 2015

West Indies concluded Day Three at 88 for two against South Africa in third Test against South Africa at Cape Town. They have reduced the second innings deficit to a mere four runs with two days of cricket still remaining in the Test. Marlon Samuels and Leon Johnson rescued stuttering West Indies innings with an unbeaten partnership of 61. Morne Morkel and debutant Simon Harmer shared the two wickets which fell.

A freak incident marked the beginning of the West Indies second innings when Kraigg Brathwaite earned seven runs off one delivery to get off the mark. Brathwaite ran three and was awarded four overthrows when AB de Villiers shied at the stumps and missed with nobody backing up.

Earlier, de Villiers powered South Africa to 421 in their first innings. De Villiers notched up his 21st Test hundred in the process  which was also his 6th against West Indies. De Villiers is the only individual to have converted a fifty into a ton in the Test match so far withy as many as five other batsmen failing to do so. De Villiers was ably supported by Hashim Amla who scored 63 and before that Faf du Plessis who made 68.

South Africa were helped by consistent partnerships right through their innings. The opening partnership was worth 48, the second wicket partnership fetched 56 runs, the third wicket stand another 51, Amla and De Villiers then stitched together the highest partnership of the match, worth 97 crucial runs before De Villiers and Stiaan van Zyl almost matched it with a 96 run sixth wicket stand. De Villiers was the last mahn out for South Africa for a breathtaking 148. The Proteas earned a first innings lead of 92. Jason Holder was the pick of the bowlers for the tourists with figures of two for 87.

Brief scores:

West Indies 329 ( Leon Johnson 54, Jermaine Blackwood 56; Dale Steyn 4 for 78, Simon Harmer 3 for 71) and 88 for 2 (Leon Johnson 37*, Marlon Samuels 26*) trail  South Africa 421 (Faf du Plessis 68, AB de Villiers 148 ;  Jason Holder 2 for 87, Marlon Samuels 2 for 68) by 4 runs

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