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Match played at SuperSport Park, Centurion, on 17 - 21 Dec 2014
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As it happened: SA v Windies - Day 3

2014-12-19 18:10
Last Updated at 10:41
19 Dec 18:12

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19 Dec 18:07

STUMPS ON DAY 3: West Indies 76/2 after 27 overs.

They still trail South Africa's first innings total by 275 runs.

19 Dec 18:05
With play expected to finish at 18:06, Stiaan van Zyl is likely to bowl the final over of the day.
19 Dec 18:00
FOUR! Samuels moves into double figures with a delightful off-side drive against Van Zyl.
19 Dec 17:54
FOUR! Johnson goes for a big, booming drive against Van Zyl, but can only edge it and it goes over the slips for a boundary.
19 Dec 17:51
FOUR! Samuels gets his first boundary with a beautiful cover drive through extra cover off Elgar.
19 Dec 17:49
Slow left-armer Dean Elgar now comes into the attack...
19 Dec 17:48
It's very dark and gloomy out there, surprised the umpires have not taken the players off by now...
19 Dec 17:43
Marlon Samuels is the new batsman in for the West Indies.
19 Dec 17:41

Petersen dropped the ball at this first diving attempt, but caught it on the second grab before the ball hit the ground. A great catch in the end...

West Indies 52/2 after 19.3 overs.

19 Dec 17:40

Brathwaite is out for 20, caught at second slip by Alviro Petersen off the bowling of Morkel.

19 Dec 17:40
WICKET!
19 Dec 17:38

50 up for the West Indies, coming off 19.1 overs.


19 Dec 17:36

DID YOU KNOW?

Stiaan van Zyl's best bowling figures in first class cricket is 5/32.

19 Dec 17:35
As Stiaan van Zyl continues to bowl, it's apparent that skipper Hashim Amla is holding a few of his frontline bowlers back for tomorrow...
19 Dec 17:29
The floodlights are also now in operation as things get very dark in Centurion...
19 Dec 17:29
FOUR! Van Zyl concedes his first boundary when Johnson drives him past mid off for four.
19 Dec 17:23

FOUR! Brathwaite moves into double figures with a nice looking cut shot past point off Morkel.

It also takes him to 1 000 runs in Test cricket!

19 Dec 17:21
Van Zyl, 0/3 in four overs, is bowling a nice line and length, but no real pace so he's not really bothering the batsmen.
19 Dec 17:18
Some dark clouds now hovering over SuperSport Park. Play is scheduled to finish at 18:00 but I wouldn't be surprised if we finish earlier than that...
19 Dec 17:12

DRINKS BREAK: West Indies 31/1 after 12 overs.

They trail South Africa's first innings total by 320 runs.

19 Dec 17:09

DID YOU KNOW?

The West Indies' Devon Smith waited two-and-a-half years for a Test comeback. He was dismissed twice in a day on his return today.

19 Dec 17:03

GOOD NEWS FOR SOUTH AFRICA!

Dale Steyn has returned to the field after being off for a while with a groin niggle...

19 Dec 16:58
FOUR! Johnson attempts the pull shot off Abbott, gets an edge, but it goes over wicketkeeper De Villiers for a boundary...
19 Dec 16:57
Apart from the two wides, Van Zyl's first over yields no runs off the bat.
19 Dec 16:54
And... another wide off his third delivery.
19 Dec 16:54
His first ball in international cricket is a terrible wide...
19 Dec 16:53
Stiaan van Zyl is now also into the attack to bowl some medium-fast seamers.
19 Dec 16:51
Oh dear, Vernon Philander has also left the field now for some treatment...
19 Dec 16:49
Kyle Abbott comes into the attack with the West Indies 18/1 after 7 overs.
19 Dec 16:36
FOUR! Short and wide from Morkel and Brathwaite cuts it away past point to the boundary.
19 Dec 16:33
Leon Johnson is the next batsman in for the West Indies.
19 Dec 16:32

OUT!

Smith is given out for 5.

Twice on the same day he falls victim to Snicko!

West Indies 8/1 after 3.2 overs.

19 Dec 16:30

Initially, Philander went up for an LBW appeal, but umpire Aleem Dar then gave the decision as caught.

We'll wait for replays...

19 Dec 16:29
Smith is given out caught by a diving Bavuma at point but he reviews the decision...
19 Dec 16:29
WICKET!?
19 Dec 16:25
CLOSE SHAVE! Bavuma nearly runs out Smith with a brilliant direct hit, but replays show the Windies batsman is just safe. Terrific fielding nevertheless from the replacement fielder.
19 Dec 16:24
FOUR! Smith gets the first boundary of the innings when he cuts Morkel over the slips for four.
19 Dec 16:23
Philander starts with a maiden.
 
  • SA win by an innings and 220 runs - West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl first. South Africa scored and scored big, Amla getting a double 100, AB and Van Zyl scorings 100s. West Indies were bundled out in the first innings for 201 runs and then made to follow on. Steyn who had no wickets in the match, bowled West Indies out on day 4 for 131, he ended up with 6 wickets. SA win the game by an innings and 220 runs in less than 3 and a half days.

  • 43

    Wicket: Drinks on the field now, Roach may also be out of the series due to injury. Steyn starts his 8th over of this spell. WICKET! Cottrell is out, caught by Abbott and Steyn gets his 6th wicket. Brilliant bowling spell from him today, 7.2 overs, 2 maidens, 6 wickets for 31 runs. South Africa win the test in 3 days and a bit by an innings and 220 runs.

  • 42

    Can Morkel finish this off? A couple of runs as Benn drives the ball through the covers. Four, this is not short enough and Benn flicks the ball through midwicket for four. Six from the over.

  • 41

    Wicket: Four, Taylor pushes at the ball and outside edges it over point for four. WICKET! Taylor outside edges it, Amla takes the catch, Steyn gets his 5th wicket today in his 7th over today. What a bowler! no wickets in the first innings and no wickets yesterday, but he has come out today and made a procession out of the West Indian batsmen. Cottrell pushes the ball through the leg side for a couple of runs. Five wickets for Steyn, South Africa 1 wicket away from a win.

  • 40

    Wicket: Morkel continues from the other end, Taylor clips the first ball to fine leg for a single. WICKET! Morkel strikes now, Blackwood is out, smart catch at short leg from the substitute fielder. Morkel makes the ball come into Blackwood who pushes at it, it hits his glove and Bavuma at short leg takes a sharp catch. South Africa are adding pressure, taking wicket and want an early lunch on day 3.

  • 39

    Steyn to Blackwood, first ball beats the outside edge of the bat. Quinton de Kock will be ruled out of the series because of the ankle injury, AB de Villiers is keeping wickets instead of him in this test. Blackwood hits the ball through the covers for four, a better shot from him. Blackwood gets a leading edge on the ball and it goes through midwicket for a couple of runs.

  • 38

    Blackwood tucks the ball on the leg side for a single. Taylor on strike to Morkel. A few dots and a few swings and misses from Taylor. Just one from the over.

  • 37

    Wicket: WICKET! Steyn strikes again, third time today, Samuels gets a full ball that bounces slightly more than usual and Samuels gets a leading edge to cover as he looks to flick the ball on the leg side, Elgar takes the catch. Ramdin the new man in, four, Steyn almost gets his 4th wicket of the morning, Ramdin edges the ball through the point region for four. WICKET! There it is, Steyn picks up another one. Ramdin edges the ball and AB dives full length, in front of Amla to take a one-handed catch. Brilliant intensity from the South Africans. Ramdin comes and goes, another poor innings from him, Taylor walks out to bat. Four, the last ball is outside edged just wide of slips for four. There is a chance being created every ball by Steyn.

  • 36

    100: Morne comes into the attack to replace Philander. A leg bye to start the over, Blackwood comes on strike. Four, not a great shot from Blackwood, he plays away from the body and edges the ball through the gully region for four. A couple of dots and then a high bouncer from Morne is called a wide. Four, Blackwood hits the short and wide ball through point for four.

  • 35

    Wicket: Four, Chanderpaul is squared up as he outside edges this through the slips for four. WICKET! Steyn strikes again, Chanderpaul gloves the ball to the keeper and is out for 4, a well directed short ball and Chanderpaul can't keep it out. Big partnership broken, Steyn on fire. Blackwood comes out with a smile on his face, not sure how long the smile will last. South Africans have been relentless. A couple of dots to finish the over.

  • 34

    A maiden from Philander from the other end, Samuels plays it out as South Africa continue to add pressure.

  • 33

    Wicket: WICKET! Steyn strikes, this ball bounces and gets big on Johnson, he gets a faint edge to the keeper. Chanderpaul comes out to bat, this is an important partnership for the West Indies. Just a remainder that Roach won't bat because of his injury so SA need 6 more wickets. Wicket maiden.

  • 32

    Philander to Johnson who inside edges the ball past the stumps for four to fine leg. Just one from the over.

  • 31

    Steyn from the other end. A few false shots from Johnson, Steyn is bowling really well today. Four, Johnson slices the ball in the air, did not control the shot well but gets a boundary through point. A single to square leg to end the over.

  • 30

    A few dots and then a no ball from Philander, and then two dots to end the over.

  • 29

    Steyn comes into the attack, he is still waiting to pick up a wicket in this game. A maiden from Steyn, he looks like he is warming up, not bowling full speed yet.

  • 28

    Philander starts the day with the ball. A couple of dots and then Samuels smashes the wide ball through point for four. Three dots to end the over.

  • Day Four - Steyn and Philander were off the field yesterday with minor niggles, they will be hoping to come back strongly today. West Indies need partnerships against the best bowling attack in the world. All set to go, no rain predicted for the day.

  • 1

    Dale Steyn starts proceedings on day 3 to Kraigg Brathwaite. A perfect start as he gets the first ball to shape a bit, as he makes the batsman play. Brathwaite gets off strike with a single to cover. Devon Smith takes on the shorter ball and is lucky to survive, as he hits it on the toe of his bat and lands between the fielders in the covers.

  • 27

    The umpires are thinking about going off because of the light, AB quickly mentions that it will be Stiaan bowling and the umpires allow another over. A couple of runs from the over, West Indies end the day on 76 for 2 following on after being all out for 201. They trail by 275 runs at the end of day 3.

  • 26

    Elgar continues, a good over from him, just a single from it.

  • 25

    A few good balls from Stiaan and then Samuels hits the wide ball through the off side for four.

  • 24

    A few dots from Elgar and then Samuels cuts one through the covers for a single. Four, Johnson drives the ball past the bowler and mid-off for four. Five from the over.

  • 23

    The light is fading, Amla decides to bowl Stiaan and Elgar. Johnson edges it over the slips for four. West Indies are 64 for 2.

  • 22

    Elgar comes on to bowl, 12 minutes to go in the day's play. He is mostly bowling wide outside off, Samuels looks to go after the bowling and misses a couple of shot. Samuels pushes the ball through the covers for a couple of runs. Four, Samuels drives the ball through the same region, hits it through the covers for four this time. 6 from the over.

  • 21

    Five dots as Stiaan continues, a single to end the over.

  • 20

    Wicket: Morkel continues, Johnson pulls the short ball through the leg side for four through deep square leg. WICKET! Morkel strikes, Brathwaite has to go back, he played well but edges one and Alviro takes another brilliant catch in the slips. Superb slip catching late in the day. Samuels comes out to bat, WI trail by 299 runs.

  • 19

    A few dots from Stiaan and then Brathwaite cuts the ball behind point for four. Just the boundary from the over.

  • 18

    Brathwaite pushes the first ball to midwicket for a single. Just a single from the over, South Africans counting over to the end of the day.

  • 17

    A few dots from Stiaan and then Johnson drives the ball down the ground for four, good shot from him. Just the boundary from the over.

  • 16

    Brathwaite cuts the ball on the up, hitting it wide of point for four, good shot from him. Brathwaite cuts again, point gets a hand to it and they get a couple of runs. Six from the over.

  • 15

    Just a single from the over, Stiaan finishes another over.

  • 14

    Morkel comes back into the attack after drinks. The flood lights have been switched on, getting slightly dark around the ground as Morkel finishes a maiden.

  • 13

    Another maiden from Stiaan, that is his second maiden in three overs. Umpires call for a drinks break.

  • 12

    Abbott bowls a bouncer that is too high, umpire Dar calls it a wide. A few dots and then Johnson pushes the ball through the leg side for a couple of runs.

  • 11

    Van Zyl finishes his second over, a much better over from him. A maiden from Stiaan. West Indies 28 for 1.

  • 10

    Abbott continues, Philander and Steyn off the field. A short ball and Johnson top edges the ball for four over the keeper, as he tries to pull it. Just the boundary from the over.

  • 9

    Stiaan van Zyl gets to bowl his first over in Tests. A couple of wides from the over.

  • 8

    Abbott continues, a few dots and then four. A couple of dots to end the over.

  • 7

    A couple of singles from the over, West Indies 18 for 1. Philander goes off the field.

  • 6

    A couple of dots and then Brathwaite pushes the ball towards fine leg for a single. Just a single from the over.

  • 5

    Four, Brathwaite drives the ball through backward point for four, good shot from him. A couple of dots and then Brathwaite pushes the ball through the off side for a single. A couple of runs as Johnson pushes the ball to fine leg for a couple of runs.

  • 4

    Wicket: Aleem Dar gives it out, says it is out caught at point. Smith plays all over it and edges it to . Smith has a chat with Brathwaite and then reviews the call. WICKET! Dar raises his finger again, West Indies lose a wicket and a review. Philander strikes early for South Africa. Johnson is the new batsman. A wicket maiden from Philander.

  • 3

    Four, Smith pokes at the bouncer and helps it over the slips for four. Smith pushes the ball to cover and sets off, this could be out. Direct hit, umpires send it upstairs and replays show it is not out. Five from the over, West Indies trail by 343 runs.

  • 2

    Philander starts from the other end. A maiden from Philander.

  • 1

    Smith and Brathwaite come out to bat for the second time today. Steyn is not happy with the fielding as Brathwaite pushes the ball down the ground. Good decision by Amla, Steyn is struggling and Amla asks him to go off the field and get it checked. Morkel to finish the over. Steyn is off the field.

  • 61

    Wicket: WICKET! Morkel bowls Cottrell, a fuller ball and West Indies are all out as Kemar Roach is not coming to bat. South Africa will make them follow on. They are going for a short break.

  • 60

    Six, Benn swings his bat and hits the ball through long-off for a six. The 200 comes up for West Indies. Edged and dropped by AB behind the stumps, difficult take but he does well just to stop the ball.

  • 59

    Wicket: WICKET! Two wickets in two balls, a very very poor shot from the captain and now Taylor just pushes at the ball, Morkel takes a catch in his follow through. Easy as you like, South Africa get the 8th wicket. Cottrell comes out to bat. Cottrell pushes the ball through sweeper for a couple of runs. WI 195 for 8, trail by 357 runs. Benn and Cottrell at the crease.

  • 58

    Wicket: Elgar comes on to bowl some spin. A few dots as everyone wonders why Elgar is brought into the attack. WICKET! Ramdin is out, he justifies why Elgar is bowling. A bad ball outside off and Ramdin hits it straight to cover where Stiaan takes the catch.

  • 57

    Morkel comes back into the attack. Taylor takes a single from the first ball. Ramdin flicks the ball through midwicket for a couple of runs. Ramdin runs the ball down to fine leg for a single. Four from the over, Morkel finishes his 14th over.

  • 56

    Taylor comes out to bat, can South Africa get the 4 remaining wickets in the last session? Taylor pushes the last ball down the ground for three runs to end the over.

  • 56

    Wicket: Blackwood making sure that this will be the last over before tea. Caught behind, the slip fielder says he took it, Alviro dives to his left at second slip to take the catch in front of first slip. The batsman does not move, the umpires ask the third umpire. The third umpire takes his time, takes a long time and then gives him out, WICKET! Blackwood is gone and it is tea.

  • 55

    Four, Ramdin pushes the straighter ball from Abbott for four through midwicket. Ramdin drives through the off side now, Morkel cuts it off, Ramdin gets a couple of runs. Good over from Abbott, South Africa slightly behind the over rate.

  • 54

    Ramdin pushes the ball to sweeper cover for a couple of runs. A couple of dots and then a single to end the over.

  • 53

    Blackwood mishits one to deep square leg for a couple of runs. Four, Blackwood drives the ball down the ground for four. Six from the over.

  • 52

    Wicket: A few dots and then WICKET! Philander strikes, he gets the big wicket, Chanderpaul is out. Chanderpaul edges the full ball to second slip and Alviro takes a good low catch. Ramdin walks out to bat, WI trail by 383 runs and a wicket maiden from Philander.

  • 51

    Chanderpaul takes a single from the first ball, Blackwood will face Steyn. Blackwood drives the full ball down the ground for a couple, it was a good ball but Blackwood does well. Same ball, same shot, Steyn pushes it up there and Blackwood drives the ball for four. Seven from the over.

  • 50

    A short leg comes in for the new man, Morkel continues. 50 overs gone, West Indies 162 for 4.

  • 49

    Blackwood comes out to bat, good over from Steyn, a maiden in the end.

  • 48

    Wicket: A few dots to start the over and then Chanderpaul tucks the ball to deep square leg for a single. WICKET! Chops it on, Samuels inside edges the ball on to his stumps and Morkel gets the wicket to break an important partnership.

  • 47

    A few dots and then Chanderpaul takes a single. Four, Steyn pitches it up and Samuels drives it through extra cover for four, good shot from him. West Indies are 391 runs behind.

  • 46

    Chanderpaul swats the ball on the leg side for a couple of runs. Chanderpaul edges it but it falls short of the slip fielder. Good fielding from Peterson at square leg. A single and then Samuels pulls the ball through midwicket for four, good attacking shot against the short ball.

  • 45

    Steyn continues, Samuels drives the ball through the covers for four, brilliant shot. A few dots and then Samuels flicks the ball off his hips to fine leg for a couple of runs to Morkel, too straight from Steyn. End of the over and time for drinks.

  • 44

    Morkel continues to Chanderpaul. Good over from Morkel, a maiden in the end.

  • 43

    Steyn comes on for the first time after lunch. Samuels pushes the ball through to deep fine leg for a couple of runs. Too straight from Steyn and Samuels flicks the ball through midwicket for four, he crosses the 3000-run mark in tests. West Indies 143 for 3.

  • 42

    Morne from around the wicket. A maiden from Morkel, Chanderpaul sees it off.

  • 41

    Four, Chaderpaul slices the ball through point for four, does not control it well but gets a boundary. Chanderpaul pushes the ball down the ground past the non-striker for three.

  • 40

    Morne Morkel comes back into the attack. Four, Chanderpaul outside edges the ball just wide of gully for four. A couple of dots and then Chanderpaul pulls the ball to the leg side for a single.

  • 39

    Chanderpaul pushes the ball to gully for a quick single. Samuels inside edges the ball and it bounces as it goes to the keeper. Just one from the over.

  • 38

    Good over from Philander, a maiden in the end and Samuels plays it out.

  • 37

    A couple of dots and then a bouncer that goes over the batsmen's head and is called a wide. Chanderpaul pushes the ball down the ground for a couple of runs, he is shuffling across his stumps. Faf has left the ground for some scans. Three from the over, good one from Abbott.

  • 36

    Philander continues, an appeal for lbw and the umpire says not out. South Africa refer, but replays show it was hitting outside off and missing the stumps. South Africa waste a review. A few dots and then Samuels helps the ball over the slips for four, too short from Philander. Four from the over, WI 121 for 3.

  • 35

    Wicket: WICKET! South Africa strike just after lunch, Peterson takes the catch at cover, Johnson was looking dangerous but he hits it straight to the fielder. Abbott gets the wicket. Chanderpaul comes out to bat. A wicket maiden from Abbott.

  • 34

    Philander starts from the other end. A maiden from him to start the session, West Indies trail by 435 runs.

  • 33

    Abbott to start the session for South Africa. Samuels whips the ball through to midwicket for a couple of runs. Samuels tucks the next ball to square leg for a single. Four, Johnson hooks the short ball through square leg for four, he does not bother about keeping it down. Seven from the over.

  • 32

    Lunch: It will be the last over before lunch, Morkel to bowl it. Johnson tucks it into the leg side for a quick single. Time for lunch, West Indies have done well to be at 110 for 2.

  • 31

    Samuels clips the ball through the leg side for a couple of runs. Good, probing over from Steyn, West Indies 108 for 2.

  • 30

    100: Morkel replaces Philander. Johnson pushes the ball through square leg and Steyn overthrows the ball wide of the keeper and all the way to the boundary. Samuels drops the ball on the off side and gets a quick single. Good shot, Johnson drives it through the off side for four, good balance in that shot. A bouncer going down leg, it hits Johnson's pads and goes all the way for four to fine leg, Steyn dives but can't stop the boundary. Edged and four, Johnson hits it over the slips for four to third man.

  • 29

    Samuels pushes the ball through mid-off for a single. Johnson drives the ball through the square on the off side for a couple of runs. Johnson gets a bouncer that rises on him, he pulls it over short leg for a couple of runs. A short ball that does not rise and Johnson pulls it powerfully through square leg for four. Johnson pokes at it, drives it uppishly through covers for three runs, that could have easily been an edge to slip.

  • 28

    Samuels pushes the ball to cover point for a single. Just a single from the over, WI trail by 476 runs.

  • 27

    Steyn goes around the wicket and bowls a maiden. West Indies 75 for 2.

  • 26

    A maiden from Philander, good bowling from the best attack in the world.

  • 25

    Steyn is brought back into the attack. Johnson clips the ball through square leg for two runs. WI 75 for 2.

  • 24

    Wicket: Philander continues, Brathwaite edges it and Amla takes the catch in the slips. One wicket leads to another one, the good work done by the openers is undone. One bad decision and one outside edge, Samuels comes out to bat. Wicket maiden from Philander.

  • 23

    That was a bad decision from the third umpire, there was no evidence there to overturn the decision. Abbott continues from the other end, a maiden from him and West Indies are 479 runs behind.

  • 22

    Wicket: Philander comes back into the attack. A couple of dots and then a single. A shout for a caught behind, could be interesting. Philander is very confident, Amla goes for the review. WICKET! Smith is out, there did not seem to be any movement off the bat, but the snicko says there was something. Umpire Bowden changes his decision. South Africa get their first wicket. Leon Johnson comes out to bat.

  • 21

    A maiden from Abbott. West Indies stay on 71 for no loss.

  • 20

    A couple of dots and then Smith drives the ball through the off side for four. Smith gets a leg bye to square leg. Four, good shot from Brathwaite, drives it straight down the ground for four. 9 runs from the over.

  • 19

    Abbott continues after tea, Smith pushes the ball wide of mid-off for a single. A single from the over, West Indies trail by 490.

  • 18

    Morkel continues, another good over from him. A couple of runs from the over, West Indies have started well.

  • 17

    A couple of dots from Abbott, then he bowls a bouncer but it does not rise and Smith pulls it powerfully through the leg side for four. A boundary from the over.

  • 16

    Brathwaite pokes at another ball and hits it past slips and gully for four, very lucky for him. A few good balls and then a crazy bouncer from Morkel, called a wide. A couple of good dots to end the over.

  • 15

    50: Brathwaite inside edges the ball for a single, brings up the 50 for West Indies. Just one from the over.

  • 14

    Brathwaite does well to push the ball into the gap behind point for four. Morkel is getting a bit more bounce as expected. A couple of dots and then Brathwaite takes a single. West Indies trail by 503 runs.

  • 13

    Smith pushes the ball through square leg for a couple of runs, wrong line from Abbott. He comes back well with a ball that swings in and Smith inside edges it. Three dots and then Smith pokes at it and it goes through gully for four.

  • 12

    Morkel comes into the attack, he starts with a maiden. West Indies stay on 38.

  • 11

    Abbott comes into the attack to replace Steyn, he starts with a wide outside off. Good follow up, beats the outside edge of that bat. Four, Smith swivels to hit the ball through midwicket for four more. Smith drives the ball down the ground with a straight bat for four through mid-off. West Indies 38 for no loss.

  • 10

    Three dots to start the over and then Brathwaite pushes the ball through short leg for a couple of runs. A bouncer that is too high, called a wide for height. Four, Brathwaite flicks the ball through square leg and it goes all the way for four.

  • 9

    Brathwaite pushes the ball to sweeper cover for a couple of runs. Brathwaite flicks the ball through to fine leg for a single, too straight from Steyn. West Indies 23 for no loss.

  • 8

    Brathwaite pushes the first ball through the cover region for a single. Brilliant ball from Philander, Smith outside edges it past the slips for four. Four dots to end the over.

  • 7

    Another maiden from South Africa, Steyn is bowling well now. He was slightly too short in his first few overs.

  • 6

    Faf and De Kock are injured, so Allan Donald is in his whites and could come on as the substitute fielder. A good maiden from Philander.

  • 5

    Steyn bowls the first one just a tad short, as Brathwaite plays one for four into the covers. They steal a quick single to cover. Good running. Smith collects two as he plays a good shot into the covers. He beats Smith with another one that swings away, to end the over.

  • 4

    The Verne continues. He is bowling better than Steyn at the moment. Brathwaite gets one to mid-wicket. He beats Smith with one on off that swings away.

  • 3

    Steyn continues. A single off the first ball to Brathwaite to cover. Smith tucks one around the corner which should have been a single but good fielding prevents it. Steyn gets the last two to pitch on off and moving away.

  • 2

    Vernon Philander start from the other end with the same field as Steyn. Three slips and a gulley. The news is that Quinton de Kock turned his ankle and AB is the keeper in the first session. Also Faf du Plessis has gone to hospital with abdominal pains. Watch this space!! Good start from the Verne. Smith gets two of a back of a length delivery. Two more again to third man. A huge appeal for LBW is turned down and AB reviews it. A good decision from Billy Bowden- NOT OUT!

  • 1

    Dale Steyn starts proceedings on day 3 to Kraigg Brathwaite. A perfect start as he gets the first ball to shape a bit, as he makes the batsman play. Brathwaite gets off strike with a single to cover. Devon Smith takes on the shorter ball and is lucky to survive as he hits it on the toe of his bat and lands between the fielders in the covers.

  • Welcome to Day 3 - We saw 91 overs on day 1 despite the early morning rain, but on day 2 we lost 40 of the 90 overs that needed to be bowled. The West Indies would have felt relieved when the rain came as they got a well deserved break, after spending a 140 overs in the field. Once again the first hour of this first session will be important, as one would expect Steyn and company to put more pressure on the batsman, than what the West Indies bowlers did. The South African bowlers recent history means that they would expect success in the opening session today.

  • Stumps Day 2 - Thanks to the rain, that will be stumps on day 2. West Indies have not batted at all and the rain has continued after South Africa declared their innings on 552 for 5.

  • Rain: Match delayed by rain - Covers are on, tea has been taken early and it is raining at the ground.

  • Tea: Tea - Tea has been called early, the ground staff expecting a down pour and preparing for it. South Africa have declared and West Indians have an uphill battle of facing Steyn and Co. for the rest of today, weather permitting.

  • Over 140.3 - SA 552/5d (Van Zyl 101, De Kock 18) - Blackwood comes into the attack. A single off the first ball and then Amla declares the innings. South Africa have declared their innings, Amla thinks he has enough to put pressure on West Indies.

  • 141

    Blackwood comes into the attack. A single off the first ball and then Amla declares the innings. South Africa have declared their innings, Amla thinks he has enough to put pressure on West Indies.

  • 140

    The umpires asking Ramdin to only bowl spinners. Four, Van Zyl drives the ball through extra cover and to the boundary for four. There it is, 100 on debut, Stiaan van Zyl makes a difference in his first test. He came in when AB was out and put together a brilliant partnership with Amla, taking South Africa to a big score. Six, over extra cover, De Kock hits the ball out of the park. Six more, two in a row and this one goes over deep midwicket for another six. De Kock brings up the 550 for SA.

  • 139

    Three dots and then De Kock pushes the ball to deep midwicket for a couple of runs. De Kock then cuts the next ball to sweeper cover for a single. Four from the over, it is getting darker around the ground.

  • 138

    The flood lights have been switched on. Three singles from the first three ball and then a couple of dots as Benn bowls his 45th over. De Kock takes a single to end the over, Stiaan on 94.

  • 137

    De Kock join Van Zyl at the crease. De Kock takes a single and then Cottrell bowls a few dots. Four, Stiaan drives the ball down the ground for four to long-off. A single to end the over, Stiaan moves on to 92.

  • 136

    Wicket: Some dark clouds gathering, rain was predicted today. Three singles and then WICKET! Amla finally falls, Taylor takes the catch and Benn gets the wicket. Amla is caught on the long-on boundary, beaten by the bounce. Captain departs, Centurion applauds the double centurion.

  • 135

    Three singles from the over, South Africa will look to pile on as many runs as they can and then make West Indies bat for an hour or so today. Time for drinks, SA 517 for 4.

  • 134

    Five singles from the over, South Africa 513 for 4. Van Zyl on 83.

  • 133

    Four byes to start the over and then a couple of runs, Amla gets his 200, this his the highest score by any batsman at Centurion. A captain's innings from him, brilliant batting. Four, Van Zyl flicks the ball through the leg side for four to fine leg, poor bowling from Cottrell. 500 up for South Africa.

  • 132

    A couple of singles and then Amla works the ball in front of square for a couple of runs. Five from the over.

  • 132

    A couple of singles and then Amla works the ball in front of square for a couple of runs. Five from the over. Amla reaches his 200, brilliant innings from him, the captain leading from the front.

  • 131

    Cottrell comes back into the attack. Four singles from the over, South Africa 492 for 4.

  • 130

    A couple of singles from the over, Benn finishes his 41st. Amla on 194.

  • 129

    Four to third man, Amla guides the ball down there and there is no one to cut it off, Taylor's over starts with a boundary. Three singles and Amla moves into the 190s.

  • 128

    Amla pushes the ball to midwicket for a single. Four, Stiaan comes down the track to Samuels and hits the ball over mid-off for four. Four more, good batting from Stiaan, he laps the ball to fine leg for four.

  • 127

    Stiaan drives the ball to third man for four, South Africa reach 470. Amla now goes past Graeme Smith for the highest score by a South African captain at home. Four runs from the over.

  • 126

    Four singles and that brings up the 100 run stand between these two. Another useful partnership for South Africa and Amla moves on to 186.

  • 125

    A couple of singles and Johnson drops Amla at midwicket, he jumps in the air but drops it in the end. Five from the over, South Africa 462 for 4.

  • 124

    Samuels comes into the attack. A single to start the over, four dots follow. Van Zyl punches the ball through the covers for a couple of runs. Three from the over.

  • 123

    Amla cuts the ball to deep point for a single. Four, Taylor pushes it outside off and Stiaan pulls the ball to deep midwicket for four. SA cross 450.

  • 122

    Lunch: Amla takes a single from the first ball to sweeper cover to give Stiaan the strike, he is on 45. Four, make that 49, he hits the ball through extra cover for four. A single and that's 50 on debut for Stiaan van Zyl, he looked nervous in the beginning but has settled down very well. Good knock from him. Four singles to end the over. That is lunch on day 2. South Africa are solid even after the loss of AB, Stiaan has batted really well.

  • 121

    A couple of singles to start the over and then Van Zyl hits the ball through extra cover for four more. He is batting really well now, a couple of dots to end the over.

  • 120

    Three singles from the Blackwood over, South Africa 434 for 4. A few minutes to go to lunch on day 2.

  • 119

    A single from Amla and then a couple of dots. Four, Stiaan moves on to 38 with a good boundary through extra cover, good shot. That is his 6th boundary. 6 runs from the over.

  • 118

    Blackwood comes on to bowl his first over. A couple of singles from the over, South Africa 425 for 4.

  • 117

    Samuels continues from the other end, Amla flicks the first ball to deep midwicket for a couple of runs. A couple of singles and then Amla drills the ball to long on for two more runs. He moves on to 171, brilliant innings from him so far.

  • 116

    Four singles from the over, Benn finishes his 40th over of the innings.

  • 115

    A single to start the over and then Amla hits the ball into the leg side for three runs. Five from the over, South Africa 413 for 4 after 115 overs.

  • 114

    Benn finishes a maiden, South Africa stay on 408 for 4.

  • 113

    A single to start the Samuels over and then Stiaan drives the ball again through the off side for four. He is looking more comfortable at the crease now.

  • 112

    400: Amla comes forward and whips the ball beautifully down the ground for four. Three singles and then Stiaan drives the ball through point for four. 11 runs from the over, 400 up for South Africa.

  • 111

    Samuels comes back into the attack. Just a single from the over.

  • 110

    Benn continues, a single to start his over and a single to end it with dots in between. Two from the over, SA ticking towards 400.

  • 109

    A couple singles to start the over, Stiaan leans forward and whips the ball through the leg side for four. A single makes it 7 from the over.

  • 108

    Four, Stiaan crunches the ball through point for four, a better shot from him. A single and then three dots to end the over.

  • 107

    After the first drinks of the day, Cottrell continues. A single and then Stiaan gets a nervous boundary through the leg side. Six from the over.

  • 106

    Amla gets a single to get to 150, his first game as captain at home. Dropped, Stiaan is dropped, he clips it to the leg side and the West Indies drop a chance. The debutant survives.

  • 105

    A couple of dots and Amla takes a single. Stiaan is surviving dangerously out there. A couple of edges, a few false shots, can West Indies convert this into a wicket? Just one from the over.

  • 104

    A couple of singles and then Amla hits the last ball through deep point for single, three from the over. Amla moves on to 148.

  • 103

    Another maiden from Taylor, he is bowling beautifully today. Stiaan plays it out.

  • 102

    Five dots and then Van Zyl gets off the mark with a single to end Benn's over.

  • 101

    Taylor continues, he is bowling much better today. It is a good time for Van Zyl to walk out of debut, South Africa in a strong position. Amla plays out a maiden over.

  • 100

    Wicket: WICKET! West Indies break the partnership, South Africa lose a wicket and AB goes for an inside out drive and edges the ball to point where Blackwood takes the catch. A wicket maiden from Benn, Stiaan van Zyl at the crease on debut for South Africa.

  • 99

    Just a single from the over, Taylor finishes another one.

  • 98

    Three singles from the over, Benn comes into the attack for West Indies. AB gets to his 150.

  • 97

    A maiden over from Taylor, Amla plays it out. If South Africa keep going like this they may get to 500 at tea. It will be interesting to see if they declare or bat on.

  • 96

    A couple of dots and then AB comes forward to the swinging delivery and hits it down the ground for a couple of runs. 300 partnership comes up. Four, AB hits the ball through the covers for four, brilliant shot from a skillful batsman.

  • 95

    AB pushes the ball through cover, off his back foot for a single. Just a single from the over, Taylor needs to bowl well today especially because West Indies don't have Roach.

  • 94

    A single from the first ball of the over, South Africa bring up their 350. A few dots and then Amla hits the last ball of the over through square leg for four. Five from the over.

  • 93

    Kemar Roach has not taken the field today. Taylor starts from the other end for West Indies. Four, Amla hits the half-volley through cover for four after a few dots. Four more, poor ball and Amla punishes it through the leg side for four. 8 from the over.

  • 92

    Cottrell starts the day for the West Indies, just a single from the over because of a no ball.. South Africa 341 for 3.

  • 90

    Brathwaite comes into the attack to bowl his first over of the day and the last over of the day. Three singles to start the over and then a couple of dots.

  • 83

    The lights have also come on. Cottrell comes into the attack. A couple of singles to start the over and then a couple of dots. Four, Amla flicks the ball through midwicket for four. Six from the over.

  • 68

    A single and then Amla hits the ball to backward square leg for a couple of runs. Roach has some problem with his right foot, the physio comes in to check. It is not good news for West Indies as Roach has been very impressive with the ball today. He limps off the field and Taylor finishes his over.

  • 12

    A welcome maiden from Roach, good over from him and Petersen plays it out.

  • 91

    A single from Benn's over, that is the final over of the day. South Africa end on 340. It is stumps on day 1 and South Africa have reached 340 for 3, Amla on 133 and AB on 140. Their partnership of 282 has taken South Africa from 57 for 3 to 340 for 3.

  • 90

    Brathwaite comes into the attack to bowl his first over of the day and the last over of the day. Three singles to start the over and then a couple of dots. It is stumps on day 1 and South Africa have reached 339 for 3, Amla on 133 and AB on 140. Their partnership of 282 has taken South Africa from 57 for 3 to 339 for 3.

  • 89

    AB pushes the ball to deep cover for a single. Benn to bowl the 89th over. Three singles from the over, one more over to go in the day's play.

  • 88

    Three singles from the over, South Africa 333 for 3.

  • 87

    The light is an issue but Benn and Samuels will keep the play going. A couple of dots and then AB takes a single through point. Just one from the over.

  • 86

    A couple more singles from the Samuels over, South Africans just ticking down the clock on the day.

  • 85

    Cottrell comes round the wicket. Just a couple of runs from the over, South Africa 327 for 3 with 5 overs remaining in the day.

  • 84

    Samuels to continue. AB takes a single to start the over and then a couple of dots. Four, Amla drives the ball straight down the ground for a boundary through long-on. A couple of dots, South Africa 325 for 3.

  • 83

    Umpire Bowden has the new ball, the lights have also come on. Cottrell comes into the attack. A couple of singles to start the over and then a couple of dots. Four, Amla flicks the new ball through midwicket for four, first boundary off the second new ball. Six from the over.

  • 82

    A couple of singles and then a couple of dots from Samuels. A couple of singles to end the over, four from it.

  • 81

    The new ball is available but West Indies continue with the old one, mainly because Roach is off the field injured. Just a single from the over.

  • 80

    Samuels to AB, three singles from the over, South Africa 309 for 3.

  • 79

    Three dots to start another over from Benn, a couple of singles from the over. These two are looking to stay till the end of the day.

  • 78

    300: Amla pushes the ball to backward square leg for a single, brings up the 300 for South Africa. Five singles from the over, South Africa 304 for 3.

  • 77

    AB slices the ball to deep cover for a single. A couple of singles from the over.

  • 76

    Three dots to start the Samuels over, AB drives the ball through midwicket to take a couple of runs. Three from the over, SA 297 for 3

  • 75

    A maiden from Benn. This partnership is 237 runs now.

  • 74

    Samuels comes into the attack. A single and then Amla is beaten by the turn, he inside edges the ball past the stumps and the keeper for a couple of runs. A single and then six, AB comes down the wicket and hits the ball over the leg side for a six. 10 from the over.

  • 73

    After drinks, Benn continues. A maiden from Benn, 17 overs to go in the day.

  • 72

    A couple of leg byes and then three dots. A few dots and then AB hits the last ball of the over for a couple of runs through mid-on. SA 284 for 3, this is the highest 4th wicket partnership at this ground.

  • 71

    A couple of singles to start the over and then a couple of dots. Benn gets a bit of turn, Amla outside edges the ball past the slip region for a couple of runs. South Africa 280 for 3.

  • 70

    Taylor comes into the attack, replacing the injured Roach. A single to start the over and then a couple of dots. Four, AB hammers the ball wide of mid-on for four, the bat rotates in his hands after he finishes the shot. Five from the over.

  • 69

    Benn continues and finishes a maiden over. South Africa going at just under 4 per over.

  • 68

    A single and then Amla hits the ball to backward square leg for a couple of runs. Roach has some problem with his right foot, the physio comes in to check. It is not good news for West Indies as Roach has been very impressive with the ball today.

  • 67

    Four, Amla hits the ball firmly through the sweeper on the off side for four, the boundary takes him to 98. Then Amla takes a single, moves on to 99. AB pushes the ball to square leg for a single. There it is, Amla gets his 100, his 23rd ton and his first against the West Indies. He cuts the ball on the off side to pick up another boundary.

  • 65

    A couple of dots and then Amla gets a single to square leg. Just one from the over.

  • 64

    A couple of singles and the 200 run partnership comes up. South Africa 257 for 3.

  • 63

    100: A single from the first ball and AB gets his 100, 20th century for him. A wide to start the over and then a leg bye. Amla flicks the ball through the leg side, through midwicket for four. He moves on to 92. South Africa cross 255.

  • 62

    Roach changes ends. A single takes AB to 99, Amla pushes the ball through backward square leg for a couple of runs. Four to end the over, Amla goes to 88, he hits the ball perfectly through the covers for four.

  • 61

    A single and then a couple of dots as Benn comes on to replace Roach. Three from the over, AB moves on to 98.

  • 60

    A couple of singles to start the over and then a couple of dots. A couple of singles to end the over. Four singles from the over.

  • 59

    Roach comes on to bowl from the other end. Four, AB hits the ball through deep point for four more. Three dots and then AB uses his wrists to hit the ball through midwicket for four more. He moves on to 94.

  • 58

    Samuels starts the last session on day one. West Indies need to strike soon or this pair will run away with the game. Just a single from the over, AB moves on to 86.

  • 57

    Tea: Amla takes a single to move on to 78, he clips the ball to fine leg. AB pushes the ball in front of point for a single. Another single to Amla, and then AB hits the last ball from Cottrell to cover for a quick single, overthrows go for four. 8 from the over. Time for tea in Pretoria, SA 225 for 3 after 57 overs. They have not lost a wicket in the second session.

  • 56

    Marlon Samuels comes into the attack. A slip and a short leg in place for him. Amla cuts the first ball through the off side for a single. Amla pushes the ball in the air through cover for a couple of runs. 6 from the over, 4 minutes to go to tea.

  • 55

    AB clips the ball on the leg side for a single. Amla pushes the next ball to deep square leg for a couple of runs. Amla hits the ball through point for a single. Four from the over.

  • 54

    A couple of dots and then AB drives the ball through the covers for four. Then he pushes the ball to long-on for a single. Five from the over.

  • 53

    Cottrell comes back to bowl. A couple of singles. Just two from the over, both batsmen on 71.

  • 52

    Six dots, a maiden from Benn, SA stay on 201 for 3.

  • 51

    200: Four, De Villiers drives the ball through the covers for four, there was nothing wrong with the ball but the timing was superb. AB takes a single, both batsmen on 70, SA cross 200.

  • 50

    AB hits the first ball of the over to long on for a single. A couple of dots and then four, Amla hits the ball through extra cover for four. There was not much footwork in that shot but the hands were quick and decisive. Five from the over, SA going at 3.92 runs per over.

  • 49

    Taylor bowls a maiden, his second maiden of the day. South Africa were 57 for 3 and have are 191 for 3.

  • 48

    A couple of dots and then AB hits the ball wide of mid-off for a single. A couple of singles from the over.

  • 47

    Taylor continues. Three dots to start the over, this pair is batting well, looking settled at the crease. Four, Amla hits the short and wide ball from Taylor through extra cover for four. Taylor has bowled at least one bad ball per over today, releasing the pressure. Just the boundary from the over.

  • 46

    AB takes a single to deep square leg and then Amla flicks the ball on the leg side for a couple of runs. Four from the over.

  • 45

    Amla steers the first ball from Taylor through point for a single, he gets to his 50. Important knocks from both these players after the loss of three quick wickets. A couple of dots and then AB takes a single to deep point, he is batting to easily at his home ground. Four, Amla takes the ball from his pads and hits it through midwicket for four. Four more to end the over, Amla makes it 10 from the over as he hits the ball through extra cover.

  • 44

    After drinks, Benn changes ends and AB pushes the first ball on the off side for no run. Six, AB comes down the wicket and hits the ball all the way into the sight screen for a six. Brilliant shot from him. A couple of dots and then AB pushes the ball behind point for a couple of runs. 8 from the over.

  • 43

    Four, Taylor comes on to bowl and bowls the first one short and wide, Amla cuts the ball powerfully through point for four. Poor start from Taylor again. A slip goes to cover after that shot. Amla leans into the drive and hits the ball through deep extra cover for a couple of runs. Three dots to end the over, 6 runs from it. Amla on 49.

  • 42

    50: A couple of dots as Cottrell comes over the wicket. Four, Amla hits this over the slip fielder for four to third man. A single and then four more, AB top edges the ball, he has not controlled the shot well but it ends up going over the keeper for four. 9 from the over, AB gets to 50 and the partnership is 100 and SA cross 150.

  • 41

    Five dots and then AB hits the last ball, which is short and wide, through point for four. Good cut shot from AB, poor bowling to end a good over.

  • 40

    A couple of dots and then AB pulls the ball through square leg for a four, Cottrell going for runs in this spell so far. A single takes AB to 45, he cuts the ball to deep point.

  • 39

    A maiden from Benn, South Africa stay on 139 for 3.

  • 38

    Cottrell comes on to bowl. AB hits the first ball through mid-on for four, superb timing on that ball. Four more, short and outside off, AB hits it through the cover for four more. Cottrell changes angles, goes round the wicket. Four dots to end the over.

  • 37

    AB pushes the first ball of the over through deep cover for a single. Amla whips the ball through midwicket for another single. Three singles from the over.

  • 36

    Three dots and Ramdin walks all the way to the bowl to have a chat. A single to AB has he punches the ball down the ground. A couple of dots to end the over.

  • 35

    A couple of probing dots from Benn to Amla, and the he bowls a bad ball and Amla hits it crisply through square leg for four, releasing the pressure. Three dots to end the over.

  • 34

    Roach continues into his 4th over of this spell. Four dots to start the over and then Amla hits the next ball through extra cover for a couple of runs. A single to end the over.

  • 33

    Four dots and then AB hits the ball through the gap at cover for four, brilliantly pushed into the gap. SA move on to 120.

  • 32

    Four, Amla cuts the ball powerfully through point for four. Five dots to end the over, South Africa 116 for 3.

  • 31

    Just a single from the over as Benn finishes his 5th over.

  • 30

    Roach continues, four dots to start the over. Four, AB hits the short and wide ball through point for four, good shot from him.

  • 29

    Benn to continue from the other end. There are some problems with a sight screen as AB takes strike. Four, AB goes against the spin and hits the ball over mid-on for four. AB then takes a single to fine leg to bring up the 50 runs of the partnership. A couple of dots to end the over.

  • 28

    Roach to continue after lunch. Amla and AB at the crease for SA. A maiden from Roach to start, South Africa stay on 102 for 3.

  • Lunch: Lunch Day 1 - It is lunch on day one and West Indies have pulled South Africa back after a quick start from Elgar and Petersen. Roach picked up two wickets and Cottrell got one, in three consecutive overs putting pressure on the South African batting order. Amla and De Villiers have steadied the ship very well and have added 45 runs taking SA to 102 for 3 at lunch.

  • 27

    100: A single as Benn continues, AB rocks back and hits the ball through cover point for four runs, good use of the feet there. A couple of dots to end the over, it is lunch on day one and South Africa are 102 for 3.

  • 26

    Amla takes a single from the first ball, he rocks back and drives the ball to deep point. Three singles and three dots from the over.

  • 25

    Benn continues, AB pushes the ball through mid-off for a single. Amla changes his bat, three byes down the leg side and South Africa go to 94 for 3.

  • 24

    Amla shuffles and clips the ball to deep square leg for a couple of runs. Four, Amla hits Taylor through cover for four, poor bowling from Taylor. A couple of dots and then Amla pushes the ball through the off side again for a couple of runs.

  • 23

    Benn comes into the attack, first signs of spin from West Indies. Four dots and then Amla takes a single to fine leg. Just one from the over, 15 minutes to go to lunch.

  • 22

    Taylor comes back into the attack, he needs to be more consistent than he was in his first spell. Amla crashes the ball through the point region for four, short and wide from Taylor, poor bowling. Four more, too short and too wide again, Amla punches the ball through the covers for four more. A single as Amla pushes the ball to square leg.

  • 21

    A couple of dots and then Amla hits it straight back at the bowler for a couple of runs to mid-on. A couple more dots and then Amla takes a single to end the over.

  • 20

    Five dots from Roach and then AB punches the ball down the ground for a couple of runs. South Africa 69 for 3, Roach has bowled really well today.

  • 19

    Three dots and then Amla clips the ball down to fine leg for a single. A couple of singles from the over, SA 67 for 3.

  • 18

    Three dots and then AB punches the ball through the covers for a couple of runs. Four, AB drives the ball down the ground through mid-on for four, good timing on that shot.

  • 17

    Nice lines from Cottrell, he is bowling well with Roach. Amla inside edges the ball to fine leg for a single. Four dots and a single to end the over, both batsmen off the mark now.

  • 16

    Wicket: Four dots and then WICKET! Roach is on fire, this is beautiful bowling. The ball straighten after pitching takes the outside edge of Faf's bat and goes to the keeper. South Africa in trouble as AB joins Amla at the crease. Another wicket maiden from West Indies.

  • 15

    Wicket: Three dots from Cottrell and WICKET! Elgar goes back to the pavilion, it was short and wide and Elgar edges it straight to Samuels at gully. He is visibly upset with himself, SA lose both their openers. Two wickets in two overs, and Amla comes out to bat. Another wicket maiden from the West Indies.

  • 14

    Wicket: WICKET! A couple of dots and then Petersen is out, he outside edges the ball and Smith takes a good catch at first slip. Drinks are taken as Faf walks out to bat. Wicket maiden in the end.

  • 13

    Cottrell bowls a wide, and then bowls a few dots. Elgar pushes the ball to point for a quick single, overthrows result in an extra run. Three from the over.

  • 11

    Five dots from Taylor and then Elgar pushes the ball through the gap at cover for a couple of runs. SA 54 for no loss.

  • 12

    Five dots from Taylor and then Elgar pushes the ball through the gap at cover for a couple of runs. SA 54 for no loss.

  • 10

    50: Kemar Roach comes into the attack, first change from West Indies. Four, Petersen outside edges the first ball, it goes through gully for four, the edge drops short of a fielder. Petersen takes a single to cover, and then Elgar pushes the ball through mid-on for three runs. 8 from the over, 50 up for South Africa.

  • 9

    Taylor continues around the wicket. Five dots, good start from Taylor. Four, Elgar ends the over with a boundary, he hits the ball through the covers for four.

  • 8

    Cottrell continues, Elgar hits the ball past mid-off for three runs. A no ball from Cottrell. Three dots to end the over, South Africa 40 for 0 after 8 overs.

  • 7

    A maiden over from Taylor, first maiden of this test, SA stay on 36 for no loss

  • 6

    A couple of dots and then Elgar looks to pull the ball but ends up top edging it through midwicket for a couple of runs. Four, the openers are surviving dangerously but are giving the hosts a quick start. The yorker becomes a low full toss and Elgar drives it wide of mid-on for four. Six from the over.

  • 5

    Four more, Petersen has scored 20 of his 21 runs in boundaries so far, he flicks the missed yorker to the leg side for four more. A couple of singles and then a dot to end the over, South Africa 30 for no loss after 5 overs.

  • 4

    Four dots and then Elgar pulls the short ball through midwicket for four runs, his first boundary of the innings. Elgar pushes the last ball for a couple of runs to make it 6 runs from the Cottrell over.

  • 3

    Taylor continues, he will be looking to do better than he did in his first over. Elgar hits the ball through mid-off and gets off the mark with a single. A couple of dots and then Petersen chops the ball through gully again for four more, a better shot this time. Five from the over.

  • 2

    Cottrell comes on to bowl from the other end. Four dots and then Petersen outside edges the ball through gully for four, not convincing in that shot. Just the boundary from the over.

  • 1

    Jerome Taylor is set to bowl for the West Indies, three slips in place. The South African openers, Petersen and Elgar come out to bat. Four, Petersen flicks the first ball, which is slipping down leg, for four through fine leg, easy runs to start. Four more, wrong line from Taylor and Petersen flicks the ball past short leg for four. A single and then two dots to end the over.

  • Team news - South Africa have gone for all out pace, no space for Robin Peterson. South Africa go with Elgar, Petersen, Du Plessis, Amla, De Villiers, Van Zyl, De Kock, Philander, Steyn, Morkel, Abbott. West Indies playing eleven will be Smith, Brathwaite, Johnson, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Blackwood, Ramdin, Roach, Taylor, Benn, Cottrell

  • Toss: Toss - West Indies have won the toss and they will bowl first.

  • Toss delayed - Toss has been delayed by 30 mins and play will only start 30 mins after that at 11 am local time. Stiaan van Zyl has been handed his Test cap by the man who he will be replacing, Duminy is still recovering from a knee injury.

  • 10:00 am - The toss should have happened by now, but it is delayed due to the wet outfield. The pitch looks brown instead of green, and the teams are doing some warm up drills.

  • 9:50 am - The rain has stopped and the covers are coming off.

  • Rain: Rain - The early news from the ground is not good. It has been raining in Centurion and is still raining, so the start of the test will be delayed. Weather report says that it will be an overcast day and the rain is like to play hide-and-seek throughout.

  • Greetings - Hello and welcome to our over-by-over coverage of the first test between South Africa and West Indies from Centurion on Pretoria. South Africa have not had a home series in a long time and they will be eager to do well in front of their home crowds.

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  • 552/5d
    201 and 131
    - TBC
    West Indies won the toss and elected to field
    Aleem Dar, Billy Bowden
    Paul Reiffel
    Ranjan Madugalle
  • Batting
    • R
    • B
    • 4s
    • 6s
    Alviro Petersen
    c Smith b Roach
    Dean Elgar
    c Samuels b Cottrell
    Faf du Plessis
    c Ramdin b Roach
    Hashim Amla
    c Taylor b Benn
    AB de Villiers
    c Blackwood b Benn
    Stiaan van Zyl
    not out
    Quinton de Kock
    not out
    Vernon Philander
    Dale Steyn
    Morne Morkel
    Kyle Abbott
    • 27
    • 44
    • 6
    • 0
    • 28
    • 42
    • 3
    • 0
    • 0
    • 8
    • 0
    • 0
    • 208
    • 371
    • 22
    • 0
    • 152
    • 235
    • 16
    • 2
    • 101
    • 130
    • 15
    • 0
    • 18
    • 15
    • 0
    • 2
    Extras
    (b 8, lb 6, w 2, nb 2)
    18
    TOTAL
    (5 dec wickets; 140.3 overs)
    552
  • Bowling
    • O
    • M
    • R
    • W
    Jerome Taylor
    Sheldon Cottrell
    Kemar Roach
    Sulieman Benn
    Marlon Samuels
    Kraigg Brathwaite
    Jermaine Blackwood
    • 26.1
    • 5
    • 108
    • 0
    • 28
    • 1
    • 124
    • 1
    • 15.5
    • 4
    • 52
    • 2
    • 46
    • 7
    • 148
    • 2
    • 20
    • 0
    • 89
    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    • 2
    • 0
    • 3.3
    • 0
    • 15
    • 0
  • Fall of Wickets
    • 57/1 - Petersen (13.3 ov)
    • 57/2 - Elgar (14.4 ov)
    • 57/3 - du Plessis (15.5 ov)
    • 365/4 - de Villiers (99.1 ov)
    • 520/5 - Amla (135.6 ov)

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