Cape Town - Debutant
off-spinner Simon Harmer broke two promising partnerships as the West
Indies reached 172/4 at tea on the first day of the third and
final Test at Newlands on Friday.
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Harmer dismissed Devon Smith
(47) and Leon Johnson (54), while part-timer Stiaan van Zyl claimed the
important wicket of Marlon Samuels.
The first wicket fell to fast
bowler Dale Steyn, who became the joint second-highest Test wicket-taker
for South Africa when he had Kraigg Braithwaite caught at gully.
was his 390th Test wicket, equal with Makhaya Ntini on South Africa's
all-time list, which is headed by Shaun Pollock, who took 421.
25, was added to the South African squad after the rain-hit second Test
in Port Elizabeth ended in a draw. He replaced leg-spinner Imran Tahir
in the only change in the South African team.
His first wicket
came off the last ball before lunch when Smith tried to cut a ball too
close to his body and chopped the ball onto his stumps. Smith and
Johnson had put on 50 for the second wicket.
Johnson played some
handsome strokes in making 54 off 84 balls with nine fours. He added 51
for the third wicket with Samuels before he was deceived by a quicker
ball from Harmer which curved in with the arm and struck the batsman on
his pad deep in his crease.
The leg before wicket decision was so
obvious that Johnson did not even contemplate asking for a review,
departing for the dressing room immediately.
Samuels looked in
good form in making 43 off 70 balls but he hung his head in shame after
playing a loose drive against the first ball sent down by van Zyl,
bowling at a gentle medium pace. The ball went straight to Faf du
Plessis at cover.Teams:
Alviro Petersen, Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla (captain), AB de Villiers, Stiaan van Zyl, Temba Bavuma, Simon Harmer, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel
Devon Smith, Kraigg Brathwaite, Leon Johnson, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Jermaine Blackwood, Denesh Ramdin (captain), Jason Holder, Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn, Shannon Gabriel