Donald confident wickets will fall

2014-12-28 22:00
Allan Donald (Gallo)

Port Elizabeth - Despite the West Indies being just two wickets down for 147 at stumps on day three of the second Test in Port Elizabeth on Sunday, Proteas bowling coach Allan Donald remains confident his charges can rip through the tourists' batting order.


Kraigg Brathwaite was unbeaten on 65 together with Marlon Samuels on 60 as the pair shared an unbroken 92 run stand for the third wicket, as the West Indies recorded their best day's work of the series to date after losing the first Test comprehensively.

"We've got to stay patient with this partnership, we haven't disrespected this West Indies team in the past," said Donald at the close of play.

"But once we get Shivnarine Chanderpaul out we know we can respectfully race through them."

After losing the first Test of the three-match series by an innings and 220 runs, Donald was not surprised by the response from the Caribbean outfit.

"We knew the West Indies would come here and front up, and this pitch is probably tailor-made for a guy like Chanderpaul where he will just grind away."

After the West Indies had lost two quick wickets before the tea break in reply to South Africa's 418 for eight declared, Brathwaite knuckled down to bring up his fifty off 74 balls. It was also the fifth half-century for the 22-year-old in 2014 - the most by a West Indian opener in the last five calendar years.

West Indies wicketkeeper and captain Denesh Ramdin was optimistic his batsmen would get close to the South African first innings total.

"We as batters know where we score runs, if we spend the required time out there we will score the runs," said Ramdin.

"We will back ourselves and be as positive as we can and get as close to their total as possible."

Morne Morkel took two wickets with consecutive balls just before tea to peg the West Indies back. The visitors had showed some fight as they reached 55 for no wicket, before Morkel struck twice.

First, Morkel drew opener Devon Smith (22) forward and found the edge as captain Hashim Amla took the catch at slip.

The next delivery, Leon Johnson was out first ball attempting a drive and again the ball from Morkel found the edge, this time it was taken by Faf du Plessis at third slip to leave the visitors 55 for two.

Earlier in the session, Dale Steyn scored the fastest ever half-century at St George's Park as the Proteas moved their total above the 400 mark.

Resuming on his score of 13 after lunch, Steyn took just 26 balls to race to his fifty as South Africa looked to pile on the runs with a declaration in mind.

Steyn was eventually out for 58, caught Jason Holder off the bowling of Sulieman Benn for 58 from 28 balls with six fours and five sixes.

When Steyn fell, Amla decided to declare the South African innings closed. In morning play, Amla added two boundaries to his tally on day three, before he missed a straight delivery from Holder and the batsman was given out lbw for 33.

Next to depart was AB de Villiers who was undone by a beast of a delivery which swung late and struck his off-stump. De Villiers made his way to the changeroom for 10, with South Africa 304 for five.

Temba Bavuma was dropped at midwicket on four off the bowling of Taylor, but the debutant added just six more to his total before he gloved a Shannon Gabriel ball through to the 'keeper as South Africa were reduced to 325 for six.

Centurion from the first Test, Stiaan van Zyl came in and scored 29 from 49 balls including five fours, before he got a thin edge to the 'keeper with the hosts two short of 350 and seven wickets down.


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