AB De Villiers was unbeaten on 144 © Getty Images

Dec 18, 2014

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South Africa declared their innings at a mammoth 552 for five with the debutant Stiaan Van Zyl completing a hundred on debut. Van Zyl also became the fifth South African to score a hundred on debut. Interestingly all hundreds scored by South Africans on debut have come post reinstatement. In the meantime the declaration coincided with the tea break courtesy thunderstorms. The rain is refusing to relent so the delay caused may be longer than initially anticipated.





Hashim Amla departed immediately after notching up his third Test double hundred. Amla’s 208 is the highest score by a South African captain in South Africa in addition to being the highest individual score at Centurion. Amla holed out at long-on in an attempt to up the ante, to allow the debutant, Stiaan Van Zyl some breathing space as he approached his first Test century. In the process South Africa surpassed the 500-run mark as well. Quinton de kock has joined Van Zyl in the middle.











Hashim Amla and Stiaan Van Zyl are piling on the misery for the West Indies. The wicket of AB de Villiers brought no respite to the visitors as Amla and Van Zyl have continued to score at a healthy run-rate having added 84runs for the fifth wicket. Van Zyl a brief period of nervousness to begin with but has played with a lot more fluency since being dropped when he was still in single figures. With the visitors going through the motions in anticipation of a declaration there is century on debut for the taking. Amla on the other hand is stroking the ball exquisitely, closing in on a double hundred. Their respective landmarks may dictate the timing of the declaration from the hosts.














South Africa: Alviro Petersen, Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla (C), AB de Villiers, Stiaan Van Zyl, Quinton de Kock (Wk), Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Kyle Abbott

West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Devon Smith, Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Denesh Ramdin (C&W) , Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell and Suliman Benn.





Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the first Test between South Africa and the West Indies at Centurion. AB De Villiers and captain Hashim Amla will resume the second day of the of the Centurion Test match at 340/3. De Villiers is batting on 141 and Amla is on 133. The pair batted out two entire sessions and are poised to put up a huge first innings score. They’ve put one 283 for the fourth wicket so far. West Indies were on top in the Test having reduced the hosts to 51/3 in the first 16 overs. However, De Villiers and Amla have built a solid partnership and have ensured that there are no more hiccups.

I am Ankur Dhawan and I will take you through the day’s action. See, how things unfolded on Day 1.