Cape Town - AB de Villiers scored his 21st Test century to set the Proteas
up for a first innings lead of 92 on the third day of the third Test against
the West Indies at Newlands on Sunday.
As it happened: SA v West Indies, Day 3
By the close the West
Indies had wiped off all but four runs of the deficit for the loss of their two
De Villiers was last
man out for 148 (194 balls, 15 fours and a six) as he attempted to hit Marlon
Samuels out of the ground. The same bowler had been on the receiving end when
De Villiers took 16 runs off him, including 10 from reverse sweeps, to reach
It was his sixth century against the West Indies and his
third at Newlands and in the process he became the third batsman after Jacques
Kallis and Graeme Smith to score 1 000 Test runs at this famous ground.
His key partnerships were 97 for the fourth wicket with
Hashim Amla and 96 for the sixth with Stiaan van Zyl. These are the two biggest
partnerships of the match to date which underlines the value of De Villiers’s
De Villiers has now drawn level with Gary Kirsten (also 21
centuries) in joint fourth place on the South African all-time list behind
Kallis (45), Smith (27) and Amla (23).
Although the Proteas continued to average between 80 and 90
runs per session the West Indies bowlers stuck doggedly to their task to work
their way through the batting line-up. The Proteas’ cause was not helped by the
fact that they lost three batsmen to run-outs which made their lower order less
effective than normal.
Samuels and Jason Holder took two wickets each although the
pick of the attack was undoubtedly Sulieman Benn who deserved better than 1/115
in 45 overs.
The West Indies looked in serious trouble when Morne Morkel
and Simon Harmer dismissed both their openers in the space of 17 deliveries to
have them struggling at 27/2. This included the statistical oddity of Kraigg
Brathwaite getting off the mark with a 7 after the batsmen had run three and
then De Villiers attempt to run him out at the non-striker’s wicket went for
Leon Johnson and Samuels then managed to bat through to the
close in an unbroken partnership of 61 in 20.1 overs. They batted with a lot
more circumspection than in the first innings as the visitors made a determined
effort to get back into the match.
The Newlands Test has again been well supported with almost
40 000 spectators having passed through the turnstiles after three days.