Player of the Match
Player of the Match
  • BATSMEN
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    13.2 there's the breakthrough! Will that fire Steyn up? Back of a length outside off, Brathwaite pushes hard at it off the back foot and the thick edge flies low to gully who takes a smart catch. He's been keen to feel bat on ball all morning. 30/1
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    54.65
    26.6 done him! A maiden Test wicket. Last ball before lunch. It was a touch shorter, he went back to cut but it was too close to off stump and it slides under the bottom edge to take the bails. After all that hard work he's given it away. A bit of a brain fade from Smith. Offspin does for him again. Joy for Harmer. 80/2
    38.3 wider on the crease, flatter ball that skids on and plumb lbw! Johnson caught on the crease and falls, deceived by the angle and perhaps a change of pace, it was slight quicker and skidded past the inside edge into the front pad low down and would have taken out middle and leg no doubt about it, umpire's finger was up almost before Harmer could turn around 131/3
    51.1 first ball! Would you believe it?! Well, I guess you would with the way Samuels sometimes bats. It was a floaty, wide delivery, Samuels couldn't resist and reached out for the drive but couldn't keep the ball down and found cover. A first Test wicket for van Zyl, the second of the day 162/4
    56.1 full down the leg side, Chanderpaul falls over it and is smartly stumped! Another for Harmer and a big breakthrough. Chanderpaul totally overbalancing trying to flick this into the leg side and de Villiers took it well before whipping off the bails, no needed for the third umpire 172/5
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    49.55
    94.1 he's struck! Look pretty straight first up. Full, on the stumps, Blackwood falling across slightly. He calls for the review but more out of hope than expectation, I think. Unless he's hit it. Which he hasn't. Smashing leg stump full on. Three reds. Another West Indies batsman falls between 43 and, now, 56. 299/7
    85.2 there's the breakthrough! Steyn's the man, late in the day. It's a full, straight delivery. Ramdin is early on the shot, perhaps aiming too much leg side, the ball straightened a touch on him and lobs a catch back to Steyn 266/6
    96.3 he's given it away, poor stroke! Short of a length, lures him into a pull, he's nowhere near in control and it just goes straight up in the air and lands safely in the hands of mid-on 316/8
    97.1 and strikes first ball! Another cross-batted hoick, a short-of-a-length delivery and Taylor plays something crossed between a pull and hook, gets it off the top part of the bat and it flies down to long leg who judges the catch very well 319/9
    99.5 and that's that...the full delivery does the job, Benn's weight on the back foot as he goes for the drive and he lobs a catch which carries low to mid-off. Neatly held, coming forward, by Bavuma. Morkel earns some reward. 329/10
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    Extras
    15 (lb 5, nb 2, w 8)
    TOTAL
    329 all out (99.5 Overs, RR: 3.29, 424 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-30 (KC Brathwaite, 13.2 ov), 2-80 (DS Smith, 26.6 ov), 3-131 (LR Johnson, 38.3 ov), 4-162 (MN Samuels, 51.1 ov), 5-172 (S Chanderpaul, 56.1 ov), 6-266 (D Ramdin, 85.2 ov), 7-299 (J Blackwood, 94.1 ov), 8-316 (JO Holder, 96.3 ov), 9-319 (JE Taylor, 97.1 ov), 10-329 (SJ Benn, 99.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    DW Steyn2567843.1230
    VD Philander1927303.8401
    M Morkel19.518324.1811
    SR Harmer2657132.7300
    S van Zyl821311.6200
    D Elgar20603.0000
  • BATSMEN
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    27.1 what a moment! For South Africa, but especially Petersen. The ball slid off the face into backward point, Blackwood was quickly around and the direct hit finds Petersen well short of his crease. After all that hard work it's a self-inflicted blow. That will hurt. The ball went behind square, so it was Petersen's call. Very alert from Blackwood. 104/2
    11.5 close, and given! What a moment to break through, if it stands. And Elgar declines the review. Holder straightened his line, much closer to off stump, continued in with the angle and Elgar had come right across his stumps and gets hit in front of middle and off. Yep, that was smashing middle about two-thirds up. 48/1
    49.1 floated up well outside off, du Plessis charges after it, misses completely and is comprehensively stumped. That's a touch silly from Faf. Benn tossed it a fraction wider when he sensed the batsman coming at him but du Plessis still played a nasty hack at it, missed by a long distance and was a good half-yard out of his ground when Ramdin took the ball and whipped off the bails 157/3
    75.1 and it's worked! Change of ball does the trick, and the short delay in play. Lovely delivery, pitched around off stump just short of a length, straightens off the seam and Amla gets a healthy outside edge to the keeper. 254/4
    122.4 down the pitch, but it hasn't got the legs...tried to clear long on, got too far underneath the ball and found more height than distance. Long on steadies under the ball, although it popped out on the first grab but it fell down by his chest and he kept his cool 421/10
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    86.5 done it! The probing line pays off. Full outside off, Bavuma wasn't sure whether to play and leave and in the end deflects the ball into his stumps as he tries to withdraw the bat 288/5
    108.2 well, he's made the breakthrough! That's why he's bowling, although van Zyl has used a review again. Was trapped on the back foot as the ball went straight on, but has stuck him high on the back leg. Not far for the ball to travel. No inside edge. It's shaving the bails, so the decision will stand. The strike bowler has struck. 384/6
    109.4 tight run! And it goes upstairs. Think he's safe. Tucked into midwicket and he had to get a hustle on. Philander not the quickets, and he's gone! Well, well. He's short by a few inches. Not sure he quite stretched as he might have done as he reached the crease. Credit to Holder at midwicket, he moved quickly to his right, got down sharply and produced an accurate throw to Benn at the stumps 385/7
    119.5 finger went up very quickly and this time there's no review. Playing across the line of a length delivery, it didn't do much. Struck him fairly high and that would have gone over the stumps! So South Africa have missed that. Reiffel the umpire, for those keeping notes 404/8
    120.4 another run out? Yes, given on the field! No need for TV this time. De Villiers came down the pitch, pushed it firmly to cover and he called for the run. It was a direct hit by Johnson and it found Steyn well short. 408/9
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    Extras
    30 (lb 7, nb 10, w 13)
    TOTAL
    421 all out (122.4 Overs, RR: 3.43, 521 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-48 (D Elgar, 11.5 ov), 2-104 (AN Petersen, 27.1 ov), 3-157 (F du Plessis, 49.1 ov), 4-254 (HM Amla, 75.1 ov), 5-288 (T Bavuma, 86.5 ov), 6-384 (S van Zyl, 108.2 ov), 7-385 (VD Philander, 109.4 ov), 8-404 (SR Harmer, 119.5 ov), 9-408 (DW Steyn, 120.4 ov), 10-421 (AB de Villiers, 122.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    JE Taylor2028014.0011
    ST Gabriel1726413.7637
    JO Holder2448723.6212
    MN Samuels16.406824.0800
    SJ Benn45911512.5500
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    13.5 what a gem! Brilliant start by Harmer. Top-class spin bowling. This one spins back from spins back from outside off but still beats Brathwaite on the outside edge to take off stump. Playing off the back foot and he was in a poor position 27/2
    10.6 the breakthrough for South Africa, and it's Morkel! Not his best ball, but it won't matter to him in the slightest. This angles into the pads, Smith plays at it, trying to turn the ball into the leg side, and it appears to glance the glove through to de Villiers who takes a good catch low to his right 23/1
    36.5 tad shorter, leaves the left-hander who follows it and nicks it to slip! Bounced a little and took the edge of the splice of the bat for a simple catch to Amla at first slip. On reflection, Johnson will think he should have left it but it was a tricky line and he tried to just knock it down on the off side but the bounce did for him 95/3
    64.5 down again, lifts it down the ground but finds mid-on! The pressure was really on, 28 balls for just four for Samuels and he's cracked, trying to go big down the ground, didn't get the elevation and is taken by mid-on running a few yards to his left 182/4
    79.5 all over! Bit of a shambles to end the innings. Gabriel defends a short of a length delivery, it runs to backward point he sets off for the single off the fifth ball of the over. Both batsmen then stall and the direct hit from Bavuma finds Chanderpaul well short. 215/10
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    71.6 full delivery, shapes away a little and bowled him! Steyn strikes with a lovely ball, angled in before seaming away a little and takes out middle and off stumps. Blackwood playing across it a little trying to go with the angle but when it straightened he was done for 202/5
    73.1 and another! He's on fire. Yes, South Africa sense the moment. Wasn't his best ball, was swinging into the pads but Ramdin couldn't keep it down and it's well caught by van Zyl coming forward just in front of square leg 204/6
    76.3 picks him out! He was close in the last over and this time clips a low catch to short midwicket. Lazy shot by someone who has shown some technique with the bat. Well bowled by Harmer who drew him in with a full delivery and Amla stood in exactly the right spot 213/7
    76.5 oh dear, oh dear! I'm afraid that's awful cricket from Taylor. He has Chanderpaul at the other end but decides to try and pick this up from outside off and slogs it down the throat of deep midwicket waiting for exactly that 213/8
    77.4 that's the edge! Only a matter of time. Prodding outside off at a full ball without any footwork and a thin nick is found 213/9
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    Extras
    7 (b 4, lb 3)
    TOTAL
    215 all out (79.5 Overs, RR: 2.69, 355 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-23 (DS Smith, 10.6 ov), 2-27 (KC Brathwaite, 13.5 ov), 3-95 (LR Johnson, 36.5 ov), 4-182 (MN Samuels, 64.5 ov), 5-202 (J Blackwood, 71.6 ov), 6-204 (D Ramdin, 73.1 ov), 7-213 (JO Holder, 76.3 ov), 8-213 (JE Taylor, 76.5 ov), 9-213 (SJ Benn, 77.4 ov), 10-215 (S Chanderpaul, 79.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    DW Steyn23.537533.1400
    VD Philander1642701.6800
    M Morkel1471821.2800
    SR Harmer2478243.4100
    S van Zyl20603.0000

Match Details

Toss

West Indies , elected to bat first

Series result

South Africa won the 3-match series 2-0

Player of the match

Player of the series

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

10am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30

Match days

2,3,4,5,6 January 2015 (5-day match)

Test debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Fri, 2 Jan - day 1 - West Indies 1st innings 276/6 (J Blackwood 45*, JO Holder 5*, 90 ov)
  • Sat, 3 Jan - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 227/3 (HM Amla 55*, AB de Villiers 32*, 68.3 ov)
  • Sun, 4 Jan - day 3 - West Indies 2nd innings 88/2 (LR Johnson 37*, MN Samuels 26*, 34 ov)
  • Mon, 5 Jan - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 9/1 (D Elgar 5*, 2.3 ov)
  • Tue, 6 Jan - day 5 - South Africa 2nd innings 124/2 (37.4 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Almost winless

1-47

West Indies' overseas win-loss record in Tests versus all teams other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe since Nov 2000

Almost unbeatable

17-0

South Africa's win-loss record v all teams other than Australia at Newlands since 1993. Against Australia's it's 2-4

Elgar at Newlands

74

Runs Dean Elgar had scored in six innings in Cape Town, before making an unbeaten 60 against WI

lasts long, really long

5

Number of times that Marlon Samuels has faced 150+ balls in an innings against SA, more than against any other team

Seven in a single blow

7

Runs scored by Kraigg Brathwaite to get off the mark. Since 2001, he is only 4th batsman to score 7 runs off 1 ball.

Four 40+ Stands

2

Number of times that South Africa's first four partnerships have posted 40-plus runs each against West Indies

Run drought

10

Number of innings since Alviro Petersen's last Test fifty. He had three fifties in the six innings before that

Respectable

329

West Indies' second highest score in the first innings of a Test in South Africa - highest is 408 at Port Elizabeth (2007)

Starts, but stopped

5

Number of WI batsmen who have been dismissed between 40 and 60. This has only happened 6 times in Tests

Keeper making fifty

2

Number of West Indian keepers who have made a 50-plus score in South Africa - Ridley Jacobs and Denesh Ramdin

It's Simple for Simon

4

Number of South African spinners, including Simon Harmer, who have taken 3 or more wickets in an innings on debut in the last 20 years.

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    Alviro Petersen has announced his retirement from international cricket following the series against West Indies and will take up a Kolpak deal in English county cricket

  • Almost unbeatable, and almost winless

    Stats highlights from the final day in Cape Town, when South Africa duly completed an eight-wicket win

  • WI left exposed by Chanderpaul failure

    For so long a cornerstone of West Indies batting, Shivnarine Chanderpaul's failure in this series left the tourists more exposed than usual and perhaps gave a worrying glimpse at the future

  • Victory keeps South Africa as No. 1

    South Africa duly completed an eight-wicket victory against West Indies on the fifth day, but initially at least it was not quite the stroll in the park that the scorecard suggests

  • A long day of lost potential for West Indies

    West Indies started the fourth day from a promising position before rain and South Africa's bowlers combined to trigger yet another batting implosion