Cape Town - The two West Indies senior batsmen, Marlon Samuels and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, raised hopes of their setting the Proteas a challenging target in the third Sunfoil Test match at Newlands on Monday, but then Samuels got caught on the boundary to spark a catastrophic collapse that saw the visitors lose their last six wickets for 33 runs.
The result was that they were only able to set the Proteas a target of 124 and, although they dismissed Alviro Petersen in the three overs that were possible before the close, the odds will not be in their favour going into Tuesday’s final day of the series.
The Proteas are 9/1 and need a further 115 to tie up the series 2-0 and ensure they remain the world’s No 1 team for the foreseeable future.
As had been the case in the first innings, Dale Steyn and Simon Harmer shared seven wickets between them, although Harmer took four this time and Steyn three.
During the lower-order collapse Steyn (3/75 in 23.5 overs) took two wickets off successive balls while Harmer (4/82 in 24) took two wickets in three balls as the last five wickets fell for just 13 runs.
Harmer has had an outstanding debut, finishing with seven wickets in the match. He has done everything asked of him by providing the control to assist the seamers in the first innings and becoming the leading wicket-taker in the second.
With South Africa’s next two scheduled Test series on the sub-continent against Bangladesh and India, he can look forward to further opportunities.
As well as Steyn and Harmer performed, the best bowling of the day may well have come from Morne Morkel who took 2/18 in 14 overs to continue the excellent form he has shown throughout the series.
Last man out
The West Indies resumed on a rain-shortened day consisting of a single 53 overs session with an overall deficit of four runs and eight wickets in hand.
Leon Johnson did not last long against Morkel to bring to an end a stand of 68 that had stabilised the innings. Samuels, who launched a calculated attack on Harmer until he went to the well once too often to fall to a running catch on the long-on boundary by Dean Elgar, and Chanderpaul looked like batting the innings into the final day.
They added 87 for the fourth wicket before Samuels perished (74 off 150 balls, 9 fours and 2 sixes) and Chanderpaul then had to watch one partner after another depart in quick succession. He was eventually last man out (50 off 113 balls, 5 fours), run out by a direct hit by Temba Bavuma.
Scoreboard at the close of play on day four of the third Test:
Toss: West Indies
West Indies first innings 329
South Africa first innings 421
West Indies second innings (88/2 o/n)
K Bathwaite b Harmer 16 (45b, 1x4)
D Smith c De Villiers b Morkel 7 (36b, 1x4)
L Johnson c Amla b Morkel 44 (76b, 6x4)
M Samuels c Elgar b Harmer 74 (150b, 9x4, 2x6)
S Chanderpaul run out (Bavuma) 50 (b113, 5x4)
J Blackwood b Steyn 13 (26b, 2x4)
D Ramdin c Harmer b Steyn 0 (1b)
J Holder c Amla b Harmer 2 (16b)
J Taylor c Elgar b Harmer 0 (2b)
S Benn c De Villiers b Steyn 0 (4b)
S Gabriel not out 2
Extras: (b4, lb3) 7
Total: (all out) 215 - 79.5 overs
Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Smith 10.6), 2-27 (Brathwaite 13.5), 3-95 (Johnson 36.5), 4-182 (Samuels 64.5), 5-202 (Blackwood 71.6), 6-204 (Ramdin 73.1), 7-213 (Holder 76.3), 8-213 (Taylor 76.5), 9-213 (Benn 77.4), 10-215 (Chanderpaul 79.5)
Bowling: Steyn 23.5-3-75-3, Philander 16-4-27-0, Morkel 14-7-18-2, Harmer 24-7-82-4, Van Zyl 2-0-6-0
South Africa second innings
D Elgar not out 5 (8b)
A Petersen b Benn 0 (7b)
Extras: (b4) 4
Total: (for one wicket) 9 - 2.3 overs
Fall of wicket: 1-9 (Petersen 2.3ov)
Bowling: Taylor 1-0-1-0, Samuels 1-0-4-0, Benn 0.3-0-0-1.