Vernon Philander added the much coveted scalp of Shivenarine Chanderpaul to his kitty on Day three against West Indies    Getty Images (File Photo)
Vernon Philander added the much coveted scalp of Shivenarine Chanderpaul to his kitty on Day three against West Indies Getty Images (File Photo)

Dec 19, 2014

West Indies slumped to 184 for six going into tea on Day three against South Africa at Centurion. South Africa sunk their teeth deeper into the West Indies middle order picking four wickets in the post lunch session. It was the wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul that capped off a fantastic session for the Proteas.

West Indies’ age old problem returned to haunt them at Centurion. Their top Order s inability to convert attractive 30 s and 40 s into something substantial that helps win or even save Test matches has been their Achilles heel in recent Years. The dismissals of Devon Smith, Kraigg Brathwaite and Leon Johnson, all in their 30 s reiterates the point.

Upon Leon Johnson s dismissal, early into the post lunch session, the onus rested once again on veterans Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels. The duo frustrated the off colour South Africans with their doggedness momentarily as the West Indies went past 150. With not much help from the pitch, Morne Morkel resorted to the tactic of bowling into the rib cage of Samuels from around the wicket. The move paid dividends almost immediately as Samuels played one back onto the stumps, awkwardly trying to fend a rising delivery from Morkel. He basically guided the ball from the middle off the bat, back onto his stumps. With his dismissal West Indies had slumped to 162 for four.

South Africa seized the moment and made further inroads leading into tea as the sun played hide and seek at SuperSport Park Centurion. Vernon Philander got the much coveted wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, nicking him out to his stock ball that left the Southpaw a touch and carried through to third slip. With the wicket of Chanderpaul South Africa assumed complete control of the match. Philander hadn’t finished there as he ended Jermaine Blackwood’s torrid stay at the crease on the brink of the tea break. Denesh Ramdin will have to combat a rampaging Proteas attack post tea.

Brief Scores:

South Africa 552 for 5 decl. (Hashim Amla 208, AB de Villiers 152; Kemar Roach 2 for 52) lead West Indies 184 for 6 ( Devon Smith 35, Kraigg Brathwaite 34; Vernon Philander 4 for 26 ) by 368 runs

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