Cape Town - Dean Elgar guided South Africa to a series-clinching victory by eight
wickets on the fifth day of the third and final Test against the West
Indies at Newlands on Tuesday.
AS IT HAPPENED: SA v West Indies - Day 5
South Africa won the series by two matches to nil, with one match finishing in a rain-affected draw.
The left-handed Elgar made 60 not out as South Africa reached a victory target of 124 shortly before lunch.
It was tough going for South Africa at the start of the day after they resumed on nine for one.
Fast bowler Jerome Taylor and left-arm spinner Suleiman Benn did not
concede a run until Elgar pulled Taylor for four after 26 minutes and
off the 45th ball of the day.
The tall Benn was particularly difficult to score off, getting turn
and bounce from a wearing pitch, with Faf du Plessis completely tied
Benn, who bowled Alviro Petersen with the last ball of the fourth
day, did not give up a run until Du Plessis took a single off the fifth
ball of his sixth over.
Du Plessis struggled to 14 off 69 balls before a ball from Benn
kicked viciously and took the shoulder of his bat for Jermaine Blackwood
to take a catch running back from gully.
Benn took two for 24 in an unbroken spell of 17 overs.
Elgar, who spoiled Benn’s figures slightly by hitting him for six, went to his fifty off 86 balls with six fours and a six.
The scoring rate accelerated when captain Hashim Amla joined Elgar in
an unbeaten partnership of 73 off 91 balls. Amla made 38 not out.
South Africa won the first Test in Centurion by an innings and 220
runs. The second match in Port Elizabeth was drawn after more than two
days of playing time was lost to rain.
The sides start a three-match Twenty20 international series at
Newlands on Friday, to be followed by five one-day internationals.