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Proteas hunt series win

2010-06-26 21:42
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Barbados - South Africa made their way to 46 for two at stumps on the first day of the third test against West Indies at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, on Saturday.


14th over: Kemar Roach will bowl the last over of the day. Smith picks up a single to end the day on an attractive 35 off 42 balls while Harris is unbeaten on two.

11th over: Sulieman Benn is on for his first bowl and he removes Amla with his first ball.

Benn sends down a short, wide delivery and the batsman cuts the ball straight to Nash at backward point. Amla hammered that ball but he picked out the fielder perfectly to be dismissed for five.

Paul Harris has been sent out as the nightwatchman.

8th over: Smith looks in good touch as he drives a Shillingford delivery past mid-on for four.

6th over: Smith skips down the wicket before clipping a delivery from off-spinner Shillingford through midwicket for four.

3rd over: Kemar Roach strikes for the Windies as Alviro Petersen skies an attempted pull shot to Chanderpaul at midwicket. Petersen is out for a single to a shot that he really had no need to play.

2nd over: Debutant Brandon Bess will have his first bowl in test cricket. Bess drops short to Smith and the batsman pulls the ball through midwicket for four.

Smith then clips a delivery through midwicket for his second boundary of the over.

Smith picks up a third boundary in lucky fashion as he under-edges a short ball which evades his stumps before running away to the fine leg boundary for four.

1st over: Kemar Roach will bowl the first ball of the innings with Graeme Smith on strike. Smith is off the mark immediately as he clips a delivery down to fine leg for a single.

West Indies innings

Johan Botha finished with four wickets as West Indies were bowled out for 231.

74th over: The last-wicket stand is starting to become a touch troubling for the Proteas as Benn smashes a Botha delivery over the covers for four.

Benn then deposits a ball over long-off’s head for six.

Botha picks up his fourth wicket though as Benn gloves a ball to Amla at short leg. Benn is out for 24 while Bess is unbeaten on 11. The last-wicket pair added 24 runs while Botha finishes with four for 56.

73rd over: Bess is being troubled by Steyn but the bowler sends down a delivery that drifts onto the batsman’s pads so Bess clips the ball to the square leg boundary for four.

72nd over: Bess picks up his first boundary in test cricket as he launches a Botha delivery back over the bowler’s head for six.

69th over: Steyn has his third wicket as Roach prods at a delivery to send a faint outside edge through to keeper Boucher.

Debutant Brandon Bess is the new man at the crease.

67th over: Dale Steyn is back into the attack and he strikes with his first ball as Bravo wafts at a full delivery outside his off stump to send an outside edge straight to Graeme Smith at first slip.

Bravo is out for 61 off 194 deliveries while he struck four fours and a six.

65th over: Benn runs a Kallis delivery down to the third man boundary for four.

63rd over: Kallis is bowling with real purpose and he has his second wicket as Shane Shillingford steers a short ball straight to Johan Botha at gully. Shillingford is out for a duck and the home side a falling apart.

Sulieman Benn will not go down without a fight as he pulls a short ball over midwicket for six.

62nd over: Bravo seems to have taken a liking to Harris’s bowling and, as if to underline the point, the batsman thrashes a delivery over midwicket for four.

61st over: Bravo drives a Kallis delivery past mid-on for two runs to bring up his 13th test half-century off 88 deliveries. The flamboyant batsman struck three fours and a six in reaching the landmark.

Kallis makes the breakthrough as Ramdin top-edges a pull shot down to fine leg were Dale Steyn takes a good catch, diving forward. Ramdin is out for 27 and the sixth-wicket stand of 76 runs is at an end.

South Africa are into the Windies’ tail.

60th over: Super shot from Bravo as he advances down the wicket before driving a Harris delivery to the long-off boundary for four.

Bravo then whips a delivery to the midwicket fence for four.

59th over: Ramdin cracks a Kallis delivery into the covers and a misfield from Dale Steyn allows the ball to race away to the boundary.

Second Session

Johan Botha ripped the heart out of the West Indies’ middle-order as the hosts struggled to 159 for five at tea.

Off-spinner Botha, playing his first test since February 2008, removed the left-handed trio of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Brendan Nash and Narsingh Deonarine in a stunning six over spell to reduce the home side to 105 for five.

Botha eventually took tea with figures of three for 37 off 16 overs.

However, Dwayne Bravo (36 not out) and Denesh Ramdin (22 not out) steadied the Windies’ innings with an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 54 off 19 overs.

Botha, who extracted bounce and just enough turn to trouble the batsmen, bowled a superb spell of 6-1-10-3 immediately after lunch as he took full advantage of his recall to the national side.

Chanderpaul (22) and Deonarine had built a third-wicket partnership of 55 before Chanderpaul outside edged a Botha delivery to Jacques Kallis at first slip.

Kallis pulled off a superb one-handed catch after flinging himself full length to his right.

In his next over Botha accounted for Nash (2) leg-before courtesy of a reviewed decision.

Umpire Simon Taufel initially gave Nash not out and the Proteas asked for the decision to be reviewed.

Replays showed that the ball pitched on line before straightening a touch as Nash was trapped in front of his stumps.

Deonarine, who had played circumspectly before lunch, scoring 28 off 86 balls, seemed to lose his head after the break as he played a number of streaky shots as he scored 18 runs off 20 balls.

He eventually fell to a horrendous shot as he tried to pull a delivery that was far to close to him.

Deonarine’s waft missed and the batsman was bowled after scoring 46 off 106 deliveries with his knock including seven fours.

First Session

West Indies, on the back of a half-century partnership for the third wicket, recovered from a poor start to reach 76 for two at lunch.

The home side had looked in a spot of bother as they slipped to 21 for two before Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Narsingh Deonarine steadied the innings with an unbroken third-wicket stand of 55 off 24 overs.

The left-handed duo were patience personified during their partnership with Chanderpaul taking lunch on 22 off 59 deliveries while Deonarine had made his way to 28 off 86 balls.

Windies’ skipper Chris Gayle won the toss and elected to bat on a pitch which seemed to be tailor-made for batting.

But tall fast bowler Morne Morkel struck in the fourth over when he trapped recalled opening batsman Dale Richards (0) leg-before.

Morkel sent down a full delivery that cut back into the right-handed batsman before striking Richards on his back leg plumb in front of his stumps.

The left-handed Gayle played positively in racing to 20 off 19 balls before he chopped a delivery from speedster Dale Steyn back onto his stumps after the batsman tried to cut a delivery that was far too close to him to attempt the shot.

However, once the ball lost its shine there was very few demons in the pitch for the Windies’ batsmen to deal with and Chanderpaul and Deonarine were rarely troubled as they took their team to the break.

The Proteas made one change to their line-up with off-spinner Johan Botha replacing left-arm swing bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

The decision may prove to be a good one as the pitch was already showing signs of wear and tear.

In fact, by the 16th over Botha and left-arm spinner Paul Harris found themselves operating in tandem.

The pair bowled tightly without extracting much turn as they sent down a combined 13 overs for just 21 runs.

The home side suffered a blow shortly before the start of play when fast bowler Nelon Pascal pulled up with a neck injury.

Twenty-two year old seamer Brandon Bess was called up from the High Performance Centre in Barbados and only arrived at the ground after two overs of play to make his test debut.


West Indies - Chris Gayle (capt), Dale Richards, Narsingh Deonarine, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Brendan Nash, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Sulieman Benn, Shane Shillingford, Kemar Roach, Brandon Best.

South Africa
- Graeme Smith (capt), Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher (wk), Johan Botha, Dale Steyn, Paul Harris, Morne Morkel.

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