West Indies v South Africa, 1st Test, Trinidad, 1st day June 10, 2010

Spinners dominate truncated day

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill
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South Africa 70 for 3 (Kallis 6*, Harris 0*, Shillingford 2-5) v West Indies
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Never before has a Test match been played at the Queens Park Oval as late in the year as June, and after a day in which only 34 overs were bowled, it wasn't hard to see why. When play was possible, a fascinating battle between South Africa's batsmen and West Indies' spinners - Sulieman Benn and Shane Shillingford - began to take shape. Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen had negotiated a seam attack blunted by an unhelpful surface with aplomb to go to tea at 45 for 0. But the spinners came to the fore after the interval, with Shillingford removing both openers on his Test debut and Benn getting rid of the in-form Hashim Amla to leave South Africa struggling at 70 for 3 when bad light stopped play.

Though Dwayne Bravo bustled in with characteristic enthusiasm, the quicker bowlers appeared unthreatening on a very dry wicket and it was no great surprise when Benn was brought into the attack early. He immediately found bounce and sharp turn off a tacky surface, although his length was slightly too short at first. He pushed the ball up in his second over and soon had Smith flapping awkwardly off the front foot and, coming round the wicket, he also had the right-handed Petersen poking nervously outside off stump.

West Indies have suffered from a dysfunctional team environment in recent times, but good communication between Chris Gayle and his bowlers was evident today in some inventive field placements - a leg gully for Benn, and a close, straight mid off for Bravo. Indeed, Bravo could have had Smith for the sixth time on this tour when, shortly before tea, the South African captain drove in the air to that fielder as the ball plugged in the surface, but a leaping Narsingh Deonarine couldn't quite get his hands underneath the chance.

Denesh Ramdin couldn't hold on to a clear edge off Petersen's bat from Benn's first ball after tea, but the assistance he was getting from the surface convinced Gayle to bring Shillingford on from the other end and he, too, found encouraging bounce and turn.

With Shillingford operating from over the stumps, Smith was able to cover the turn and bounce with his body, the lbw shout totally negated by the line of delivery. The South African captain's tactic was to play back and deep in his crease, and Shillingford responded by pushing his length forward. Smith, having made a habit of playing back, didn't get a big stride down the wicket, the ball pitched, gripped and spun to take the edge and Bravo held on to the neck-high chance at slip.

Where Petersen and Smith had attempted to counter the spin by, generally, staying deep in the crease, Hashim Amla responded by shuffling right across to the off side to Shillingford and was unafraid to use the sweep even at the start of his innings. But while that worked, briefly, to the offspinner, Amla had no answer to the ball spinning across him and edged his ninth ball - from Benn - to slip, where Bravo held on to a second chance, and South Africa were 60 for 2.

With South Africa under pressure, men were positioned menacingly all round the bat, but they weren't needed as Shillingford picked up his second wicket when Petersen's attempted flick to leg was beaten by the turn and he was struck on the pad. With the UDRS referral system available for this match, Petersen consulted Jacques Kallis and asked for a referral. But, with insufficient evidence to overturn the umpire's decision, he eventually had to go, and South Africa had lost three wickets for just 15 runs to be 70 for 3.

Paul Harris was sent out as nightwatchman and was met with an ultra-attacking field, with slip, gully, silly mid-off, short leg and leg gully all in place, as well as Ramdin's fidgety presence behind the stumps. He managed to survive until the light deteriorated once more, but with the flaky batting surface already showing signs of breaking up, both Benn and Shillingford - as well as Gayle himself - will surely have a very important role to play as West Indies try to lay a platform for their first win of the series. For their part, South Africa may well have missed a trick by omitting Johan Botha from their side, and even JP Duminy would have found some life in this track.

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  • PatricT on June 11, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    Shillingford was an interesting choice and early signs look good, but we have seen initial impacts before. Passion is great but a sustained will to improve and cope with pressure is what I look for in anyone wearing WI colours. If these young men do not understand that before getting caps from Mr Garner and Co, please, please I beg you. Stop at your yard and dont waste your and more importantly the true supporters time. WI 4 Life Patric T

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 11, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    @vladtepes. I don't think it is our fault. They took a long time to post the comments after they posted the first 3, so most of us didn't know that others answered the question. I for 1 wouldn't do it on purpose.

  • sankar on June 11, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    Ravi rampaul bowled poorly yesterday. Even newbie pascal stiked ith line and length. If and all they are in a situation to select ramps , they could have played sammy intead of him . similar pace.

  • on June 11, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    Vlad all those answers were moderated at the same time they wernt delibrately multi answered

  • Silva-Surfa on June 11, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    I read that somebody complained about the match being in Trini and how they shouldn't schedule matches there during rainy season. Well a match wasn't due to be there, but had to be relocated because of all the recent trouble in Jamaica. Also criticism about not selecting finger-spinners, personally we should just be grateful that we had a decent first day, all be it a rain-affected one. Promising debuts by Pascal and Shillingford. Pascal's action reminds me of the great Andy Roberts, whilst Shillingford started really well and getting those wickets would've done his confidence a world of good. Although it does alarm me that the ball is spinning so much on the first day and we have to bat last on it, good thing that the Saffers only picked Harris. And when was the last time that a West Indies team had two fulltime spinners playing in a test match?

  • vladtepes on June 11, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    i think there should be a rule that, if someone asks a question and a few people answer it, then no one else needs to answer it. i think we all know now that sarwan is injured. west indies turned in a good bowling performance today. tomorrow they'll face kallis and a nightwatchman, so they will look to make some early inroads. my big concern will be whether or not the west indies will finally be able to couple a good batting performance with a good bowling performance in the same match.

  • on June 11, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    i think they have the right team

  • Proteas_Supporter on June 11, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    good to see prince back in the middle order and this would probably be the end of the road for duminy in test side unless any middle order player retires. now duminy can think of performing in domestic cricket and rectify certain problems and can make an come back really strongly after a couple of years, since age is in his side. i think SA have made an mistake by not selecting botha in this test match, after lots of rain the WI spinners got turn and bounce on the rain dominated first day. weather is going to improve surely on the later part of the match which means pitch would become dry and spinners will come in to play on the fourth and fifth day. any how good start for WI let's see whether they can put pressure on SA straightaway on the second day. first hour will be crucial for both the side...............

  • Aussie-07 on June 11, 2010, 2:30 GMT

    Friend Sarwan is injured he was not n can not be droped.

  • Rajin_27 on June 11, 2010, 1:52 GMT

    S.N.Singh the ICC have a rule that all test playing territories must host 2 int. series per year and this included the world T20 tournament that was held in the Caribbean this year.Actually no test matches were scheduled for trinidad however b'cuz of the outbreak of violence in jamaica the matche was transferred to trinidad since the odi matches originally scheduled for trinidad were also shifted b'cuz of the general elections.As for florida being a venue? that cannot be b'cuz of the for-mentioned rule.

  • PatricT on June 11, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    Shillingford was an interesting choice and early signs look good, but we have seen initial impacts before. Passion is great but a sustained will to improve and cope with pressure is what I look for in anyone wearing WI colours. If these young men do not understand that before getting caps from Mr Garner and Co, please, please I beg you. Stop at your yard and dont waste your and more importantly the true supporters time. WI 4 Life Patric T

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 11, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    @vladtepes. I don't think it is our fault. They took a long time to post the comments after they posted the first 3, so most of us didn't know that others answered the question. I for 1 wouldn't do it on purpose.

  • sankar on June 11, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    Ravi rampaul bowled poorly yesterday. Even newbie pascal stiked ith line and length. If and all they are in a situation to select ramps , they could have played sammy intead of him . similar pace.

  • on June 11, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    Vlad all those answers were moderated at the same time they wernt delibrately multi answered

  • Silva-Surfa on June 11, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    I read that somebody complained about the match being in Trini and how they shouldn't schedule matches there during rainy season. Well a match wasn't due to be there, but had to be relocated because of all the recent trouble in Jamaica. Also criticism about not selecting finger-spinners, personally we should just be grateful that we had a decent first day, all be it a rain-affected one. Promising debuts by Pascal and Shillingford. Pascal's action reminds me of the great Andy Roberts, whilst Shillingford started really well and getting those wickets would've done his confidence a world of good. Although it does alarm me that the ball is spinning so much on the first day and we have to bat last on it, good thing that the Saffers only picked Harris. And when was the last time that a West Indies team had two fulltime spinners playing in a test match?

  • vladtepes on June 11, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    i think there should be a rule that, if someone asks a question and a few people answer it, then no one else needs to answer it. i think we all know now that sarwan is injured. west indies turned in a good bowling performance today. tomorrow they'll face kallis and a nightwatchman, so they will look to make some early inroads. my big concern will be whether or not the west indies will finally be able to couple a good batting performance with a good bowling performance in the same match.

  • on June 11, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    i think they have the right team

  • Proteas_Supporter on June 11, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    good to see prince back in the middle order and this would probably be the end of the road for duminy in test side unless any middle order player retires. now duminy can think of performing in domestic cricket and rectify certain problems and can make an come back really strongly after a couple of years, since age is in his side. i think SA have made an mistake by not selecting botha in this test match, after lots of rain the WI spinners got turn and bounce on the rain dominated first day. weather is going to improve surely on the later part of the match which means pitch would become dry and spinners will come in to play on the fourth and fifth day. any how good start for WI let's see whether they can put pressure on SA straightaway on the second day. first hour will be crucial for both the side...............

  • Aussie-07 on June 11, 2010, 2:30 GMT

    Friend Sarwan is injured he was not n can not be droped.

  • Rajin_27 on June 11, 2010, 1:52 GMT

    S.N.Singh the ICC have a rule that all test playing territories must host 2 int. series per year and this included the world T20 tournament that was held in the Caribbean this year.Actually no test matches were scheduled for trinidad however b'cuz of the outbreak of violence in jamaica the matche was transferred to trinidad since the odi matches originally scheduled for trinidad were also shifted b'cuz of the general elections.As for florida being a venue? that cannot be b'cuz of the for-mentioned rule.

  • Kabia on June 11, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    @ verone - Ronnie is injured. If you actually followed cricket & read some articles about the Test series, you would see that he strained his left hamstring while attempting a quick in the ODI series that preceded this test and is yet to recover. IMO, he's unfit and a quick single showed just how unfit he is.

    @ S.N. Singh from the USA - Florida doesn't have the infrastructure or fan base for a test match, who would come all 5 days? It would be purely West India support on the weekends and the other 2-3 days suffering with a small crowd. Also, the match was moved to Trinidad only weeks ago out of necessity because of what is happening in Jamaica... If you don't know why it was moved, google it!

  • Rajin_27 on June 11, 2010, 1:39 GMT

    Mr Seepersad (Verone) Sarwan is injured...He picked up a hamstring injury during the odi series going for a sharp single while batting.So its not as though he was dropped for poor form or anything similar.If he was fit he would have definitely been chosen for this game.

  • Ravidave on June 11, 2010, 1:39 GMT

    Seepersaud- Sarwan is injured.But I think he deserved to be dropped because he has not shown recently what he is capable of and moreover its time that we give others a chance. I would have been happy to see Chattergoon open with Gayle instead of Dowlin..anyway that's just my opinion.

  • on June 11, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    In response to verone's comment, Sarwan is currently nursing an injury and might not be available for the remainder of the series, i agree with the statement that is our best batsman over the past few series and his presence will surely be missed.

  • purpose on June 11, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    Sarwan is injured.Its all over the news.

  • on June 11, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    congrats to SHANE SHILLINGFORD ver promising young man we hope to see more of the youngstar..

  • G-Flash on June 11, 2010, 0:54 GMT

    Sarwan is injured. As are Jerome Taylor & Kemar Roach

  • westindies4life on June 11, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    "VERONE" i see that u like sarwan alot, but also i realise that u dont watch alot of WI cricket, if u do you would have seen when sarawan was injured an need help to get off the field in the 2nd ODI....... so he was not dropped...... good bowling today WI, i still think darren barvo should have been in the team.....

  • on June 11, 2010, 0:44 GMT

    of Course the Queens Park Oval will turn Trinidad and Tobago is the one West Indian Country that takes spin bowling seriously the rest are mostly pace based a lot of grounds have their characteristics Bridgetown and St Johns are always flat wickets Kingston has always been quicker and Port of Spain has always helped spinners

  • vanShank on June 11, 2010, 0:35 GMT

    @verone, Sarwan is suffering an injury which is why he isn't in the side.

  • svsingh on June 11, 2010, 0:33 GMT

    Sarwan is injured and hence cannot play. Nice to see Shillingford doing well...he deserved a chance

  • on June 11, 2010, 0:16 GMT

    Maybe Sarwan is still hurt from his injury during the ODI series.

  • ballonbat on June 11, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    Sure, Verone. It's a very simple answer. Sarwan is injured. Again. He would obviously have been picked if available.

  • on June 11, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    If only West Indies pick real spinners that have been produced in T&T. Not these finger spinners. Imran Khan better than these. Dave Mohammed more variety.

  • Vic253 on June 11, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    Response to verone- Sarwan is injured

  • shamicmat on June 11, 2010, 0:02 GMT

    Verone==== he is not fit to play he is injure. he is one of the best player in the WI team they wouldn't leave him out of the team.5 of Windies top players are not playing because of injury. but it is a wonderful start for windies bowlers although 3 of they main bowlers are out.

  • gudolerhum on June 11, 2010, 0:02 GMT

    Sarwan is recovering from an injury and was not considered fit - that is the reason given for his absence. Nothing sinister in the decision as far as we are aware.

  • on June 10, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    i thought Sarwan was injured isnt he

  • look_nah on June 10, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    Strange you did not miss miss NIKITA MILLER while you were looking for RAMNARESH SARWAN. Both these players pulled up injured during that exciting ODI in which Sammy pulled off that heroic effort almost giving WI a much deserved win.

    Word is; SARWAN is out with a pulled left hamstring and he probably will be out for most of the Test Series against South Africa.

  • halberdierv2 on June 10, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    @verone He's injured.....

  • gottalovetheraindance on June 10, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    we r gonna miss Sarwan. he is 1 of the better players of spin in this west indies side. its a pity he gets injured so often

  • on June 10, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    Sarwan is injured and therefore not available for selection. Match originally scheduled for jamaica but move because of thr state of emergency

  • convertorboy on June 10, 2010, 23:24 GMT

    @ verone Sarwan is injured. The bigger question is why recall Darren Bravo from the A team tour, bring him to his home ground and then bench him. Seriously, what are they thinking?

  • Alexei on June 10, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    Sarwan's injured, he pulled his hamstring in the ODI series...I jus want to kno if roach is still injured since he isnt playing in this match...well at least i get to see pascal for the first time and good to see shillingford taking wickets..Benn & Shillingford shud work in tandem for the rest of the match..and when their tired, gayle shud bring on himself and deonarine..

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on June 10, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    @verone...um...because he almost pulled his hamstring off the bone running a quick single in the ODI's. Please do a little research b-4 jumping down the selectors throats (clear from the fact u'r typing in all caps) cool? Interesting 1st day, never thought I would live to see a Caribbean pitch turning that much on the 1st day, way better than a flat, crap pitch it must be said and very good for the game. Thought the W.I. spinners bowled very well. Disappointed to see Darren Bravo omitted, good to see Prince in the team, this will be probably his moment of truth. Hopefully W.I. will bat well and really make SA sweat, always good to see struggling teams like W.I. playing well.

  • sdavmor on June 10, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    @verone. Sarwan is injured/unfit. Information readily available in the preview of T1 @ cricinfo in which the probable XIs were outlined and omissions from the squads explained.

    @verone & S.N.Singh. Please STOP SHOUTING when you post.

  • emmwill on June 10, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    @ Verone. Sarwan is not fit/well. as usual. He needs a dose of Trelawny yam and manish water. He's so frail, fragile, and vulnerable. Anyway, good showing by the West Indies today. Excellent debut performance by Shillingford. I hoe the Windies keep piling on the pressure to crack the South African resolve.

  • on June 10, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    Verone and Singh, you people need to do some simple research before you post. Sarwan is injured and the matches were moved from Jamaica to Trinidad because of the trouble in Jamaica right now with Mr. Coke.

  • on June 10, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    Sarwan is hurt Verone!!! He simply cannot play....much like Roach! I thought on a pitch like this...they shud have left out Pascal and played Sammy. Slow pitch and sammy's slower balls wud have been similar to Bravo's effort stiffling the runs while the spinners rest!

  • on June 10, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    3 wickets down in only 34 overs i feel the West Indies can win this.

  • on June 10, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    Verone - Sarwan got injured in the 2nd ODI vs South Africa an is out for a while.

  • Kevin21 on June 10, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    at verone , sarwan is injured, didnt u see he got injured in the odi's

  • on June 10, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    The main problem with west indies cricket are the ex players . Like Ian Bishop and Jeff Dujon. They over critisize have a superior attitude and are plain jealous of the money current cricketers make. They give the opposition every weakness they can think of about each player as opposed to say the English commentators. I heard the bangladesh commentator ask Mike Autherton while England were demolishing them second innings second test.What to do against the swinging ball . He did everything but answer he was giving away nothing.this is opposed to our overflo water spouts we have for west indies commentators. They are soo fullof themselves .They served us well we are grateful but shut up and find some posutives I even heard Gayle crisized for carrying his bat in Australia by Jeff Dujon and Maurice Foster,. To verone Sarwan is not fit he is ill

  • chunnie on June 10, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    I want to know why Sammy was dropped! Again! These selectors need to be fired! Now!

  • BCLaraFan on June 10, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    Sarwan is injured along with taylor, roach, edwards, miller, barath ....

  • on June 10, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    Verone

    Sarwan is out injured. Dont you know that ??

  • CampBreeze on June 10, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    verone, Sarwan is injured.

  • javiso on June 10, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    @ verone. I am most definately one of the daft Windies selectors, but Sarawan is out injured.....again.

  • RichieScotty on June 10, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    Verone, to answer your question, Sarwan is injured. Just in case you have questions about other players not in the team, Barath and Roach are both injured. Cheers.

  • verone on June 10, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    COULD SOMEONE IN THE WEST INDIES SELECTION COMMITTEE PLEASE TELL ME WHY SARWAN WAS OMITTTED FROM THE FIRST TEST BEING PLAYED IN TRINIDAD BETWEEN THE WEST INDIES AND THE SOUTH AFRICA CRICKET TEAM? SARWAN HAD PROVEN TO BE THE BEST BATSMAN AGAINST ANY VISITING TEAM. HE HAD PROVEN HIMSELF AGAINST SRI LANDKA AND ENGLAND. TIME WILL TELL. V.SEEPERSAUD USA

  • hamwil80 on June 10, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    Glad to see Prince is back in his best position at number 6 where he has been so succesful over the last five or so years. Tsotsobe is also the more sensible selection - bits and pieces players are fine for one day stuff, but you want the best bowlers available in tests.

  • S.N.Singh on June 10, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    WHY ON EARTH ICC IS ARRANGING CRICKET MATCHES FOR W.I. TO PLAY IN THIS SEASON. THIS IS THE RAINNY SEASON, ESPECIALLY IN TRINIDAD AND GUYANA. RAIN FALLS FROM LATE APRIL TO EARLY AUGUST . THEY SHOULD KNOW THAT BY KNOW ? OR THEY ARE ONLY INTERSETED TO ORGANIZED WHAT THEY WANT TO. THE BEST PLACE TO ARRANGE CRICKET IS IN FT. LAUSERDALE FLORIDA. YOU WILL GET SOME RAIN IN AND OUT. BUT IT DRIES OF VERY FAST. CRICKET LOVELY CRICKET. S.N.SINGH USA

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  • S.N.Singh on June 10, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    WHY ON EARTH ICC IS ARRANGING CRICKET MATCHES FOR W.I. TO PLAY IN THIS SEASON. THIS IS THE RAINNY SEASON, ESPECIALLY IN TRINIDAD AND GUYANA. RAIN FALLS FROM LATE APRIL TO EARLY AUGUST . THEY SHOULD KNOW THAT BY KNOW ? OR THEY ARE ONLY INTERSETED TO ORGANIZED WHAT THEY WANT TO. THE BEST PLACE TO ARRANGE CRICKET IS IN FT. LAUSERDALE FLORIDA. YOU WILL GET SOME RAIN IN AND OUT. BUT IT DRIES OF VERY FAST. CRICKET LOVELY CRICKET. S.N.SINGH USA

  • hamwil80 on June 10, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    Glad to see Prince is back in his best position at number 6 where he has been so succesful over the last five or so years. Tsotsobe is also the more sensible selection - bits and pieces players are fine for one day stuff, but you want the best bowlers available in tests.

  • verone on June 10, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    COULD SOMEONE IN THE WEST INDIES SELECTION COMMITTEE PLEASE TELL ME WHY SARWAN WAS OMITTTED FROM THE FIRST TEST BEING PLAYED IN TRINIDAD BETWEEN THE WEST INDIES AND THE SOUTH AFRICA CRICKET TEAM? SARWAN HAD PROVEN TO BE THE BEST BATSMAN AGAINST ANY VISITING TEAM. HE HAD PROVEN HIMSELF AGAINST SRI LANDKA AND ENGLAND. TIME WILL TELL. V.SEEPERSAUD USA

  • RichieScotty on June 10, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    Verone, to answer your question, Sarwan is injured. Just in case you have questions about other players not in the team, Barath and Roach are both injured. Cheers.

  • javiso on June 10, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    @ verone. I am most definately one of the daft Windies selectors, but Sarawan is out injured.....again.

  • CampBreeze on June 10, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    verone, Sarwan is injured.

  • on June 10, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    Verone

    Sarwan is out injured. Dont you know that ??

  • BCLaraFan on June 10, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    Sarwan is injured along with taylor, roach, edwards, miller, barath ....

  • chunnie on June 10, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    I want to know why Sammy was dropped! Again! These selectors need to be fired! Now!

  • on June 10, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    The main problem with west indies cricket are the ex players . Like Ian Bishop and Jeff Dujon. They over critisize have a superior attitude and are plain jealous of the money current cricketers make. They give the opposition every weakness they can think of about each player as opposed to say the English commentators. I heard the bangladesh commentator ask Mike Autherton while England were demolishing them second innings second test.What to do against the swinging ball . He did everything but answer he was giving away nothing.this is opposed to our overflo water spouts we have for west indies commentators. They are soo fullof themselves .They served us well we are grateful but shut up and find some posutives I even heard Gayle crisized for carrying his bat in Australia by Jeff Dujon and Maurice Foster,. To verone Sarwan is not fit he is ill