Cape Town - The Proteas started to pile up back-to-back
session wins on the second day of the third Test against the West
Indies at Newlands on Saturday to give themselves an excellent chance of taking
control of the match.
SCORECARD: SA v West Indies, Day 2
Sessions were evenly shared on the first day when the West
Indies scored 276 runs and the Proteas took six wickets.
But the second day belonged largely to the Proteas as they
closed on 227/3 with both Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers well set and their
overall deficit reduced to 102 runs.
The Proteas started the day by removing the last four West
Indies batsmen for 53 runs off 59 hectic deliveries. Dale Steyn and Morne
Morkel took two wickets each while Jermaine Blackwood became the third batsman
to score a half-century in the West Indies innings (56 off 113 balls, 6 fours).
Steyn finished with figures of 4/78 in 25 overs – the 49th time on
which he had taken four or more wickets in an innings.
Dean Elgar and Alviro Petersen then consolidated the Proteas
position by adding 48 for the first wicket before the former copied Devon Smith
of the West Indies in being dismissed in the lunch over.
The West Indies then opted largely for a policy of
containment as the Proteas built a solid platform with Petersen and Faf du
Plessis adding 96 for the second wicket before Petersen was run out, Du Plessis
and Amla 53 for the third before Du Plessis (68 off 122 balls, 8 fours) was
stumped off the deserving Suleiman Benn and then Amla and De Villiers a largely
untroubled 70 for the unbeaten fourth wicket before rain prevented the extra
half-hour from being played.
The Proteas scored 87/1 in the second session and 92/1 in
the third to complete their domination of the second day.
The second new ball is just 11.3 overs away and that will be
clearly be a crucial period for the West Indies in preventing the Proteas from
building a decisive first innings lead.