West Indies v South Africa, 1st Test, Trinidad, 3rd day June 12, 2010

Steyn and Morkel put South Africa on top

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill

Close: South Africa 155 for 2 (Smith 79*, Kallis 40*) and 352 lead West Indies 102 (Deonarine 29, Steyn 5-29, Morkel 4-19) by 405 runs
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South Africa ended the third day at the Queen's Park Oval in a position of total dominance thanks to the fearsome bowling combination of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, who combined to skittle West Indies for just 102 in their first innings.

After Morkel's opening burst left the hosts' top order in tatters, Steyn ripped through the middle and lower order to take 5 for 29 and become the fourth fastest bowler to reach 200 Test wickets behind Clarrie Grimmett, Dennis Lillee and Waqar Younis. Graeme Smith gave his bowlers a rest after their hard work, choosing not to enforce the follow-on, and by the close he had found the form that had eluded him on the tour thus far to take South Africa to 155 for 2 with an unbeaten 79, a lead of 405.

Morkel bowled with great effort to extract life from a slow, low pitch and bully the top order from the crease in the morning session, reducing West Indies to 12 for 3 as Travis Dowlin, Brendan Nash and Chris Gayle were removed with back-of-a-length deliveries.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Narsingh Deonarine rallied briefly with a 59-run fourth-wicket stand, but Steyn then tore through the middle order, reverse-swinging the ball at high pace as six wickets fell for just four runs in 28 deliveries. Denesh Ramdin showed some pluck as he took West Indies' score past 100 in a 27-run partnership with No. 11 Nelon Pascal, but Jacques Kallis then returned for a second spell and wrapped up the innings with the wicket of the tailender.

South Africa were in control of the game within the first hour, as Morkel bowled with discipline and patience and found pace and alarming bounce off a placid pitch. Dowlin had stern questions asked of his technique against the short ball, and the whereabouts of his off stump, before he lost patience and pushed at one that he should have left.

Morkel made it two wickets in two balls when he had Brendan Nash caught behind off the glove with the first delivery of his next over. Umpire Steve Davis didn't think he had got anything on it, but the South Africans were convinced and asked for a referral, upon which Davis's decision was overturned. With the first ball of his next over Morkel got the wicket that South Africa really wanted, as Chris Gayle went to pull a back-of-a-length delivery that wasn't quite short enough for the shot and the resulting inside edge cannoned into his stumps to put West Indies in serious trouble at 12 for 3.

With Morkel and Steyn taken off after their opening spells, Chanderpaul and Deonarine began to settle and took a particular liking to Paul Harris, who bowled six unsuccessful overs for 25 runs. They managed to weather another short burst from the opening pair before lunch, but when they returned, refreshed after the break, West Indies' capitulation was quick in coming. The partnership was broken as Steyn went round the wicket and sent down a brutal bouncer at Chanderpaul, who gloved an easy looping catch to Mark Boucher.

Dwayne Bravo, too, was bounced out shortly afterwards, although in his case it was a lack of bounce that contributed to the dismissal. Morkel dug one in halfway down and Bravo, expecting the ball to rear up at him, crouched and turned his head away but the ball kept low and flicked the glove on its way through.

In a sustained assault of fast bowling of the highest standard, Deonarine was next, shouldering arms to a delivery that reversed in to him from around the wicket to have his stumps splayed. Shane Shillingford fell to the very next ball as Steyn continued to find devilishly late movement at high pace and the batsman was struck on the pad right in front of the wicket.

Ramdin managed to survive the hat-trick ball - though it was wide of off stump and he flashed wildly at it - but three balls later Steyn reached the 200-wicket milestone by beating Sulieman Benn for both pace and movement to rattle his stumps.

His fifth wicket came just two balls later, as Ravi Rampaul - like Deonarine before him - failed to pick up the reverse swing as Steyn came round the wicket and he left a ball that clattered into his off stump. With that, West Indies were 75 for 9 and Steyn's four overs since the lunch break had yielded five wickets, for the cost of just four runs.

When Ramdin took three boundaries off his 14th over, Steyn was pulled out of the attack, but the fightback was a brief one as Kallis nipped Nelon Pascal out in the second over of his spell. Deciding against the follow-on, Smith and Alviro Petersen put on 56 without much discomfort despite the fact that the pitch was beginning to exhibit huge variations in bounce. After Petersen was trapped in front of his stumps by Benn for 22, Hashim Amla suffered his second failure of the game, driving Shillingford uppishly into the hands of a diving Deonarine in the covers to reduce South Africa to 79 for 2.

But Smith fought to a half-century off 78 balls and Kallis was also in belligerent mood, his first boundary a massive six over long-on off Shillingford. He took South Africa's lead past 400 with a savage pull off Pascal before fading light forced the players from the field.

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  • Pierre on June 13, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    I think that Dale Steyn is the first South African to finally surpass the long lasting legacy of the legendary Allan Donald. Does anyone else agree with me?

  • Robin on June 13, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    Another woeful and heartbreaking performance by the Windies. I haven't been this down since the horror-show in Brisbane. That's not taking away the credit from Steyn and Morkel. They both exploited a friendly-paced wicket, with aggression, discipline and intelligence. Some people are making Gayle the scapegoat, but there's a much bigger problem within the whole structure. Dowlin looked like a rabbit in headlights, Nash was unlucky, but he's not a number 3 and the others used very poor judgement. I'm surprised Smith batted again, if the remaining days get weather like day one, that decision could backfire. Bar a good, fighting batting performance in the second innings, changes will have to be made. Dale Richards and Darren Bravo come to mind. Hopefully first choice members Sarwan, Barath, Taylor and Roach will be fit, before the end of the series.

  • dj on June 13, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    People who don't acknowledge Steyn's brilliance are ignorant and uninformed.He is taking scalps every 40 balls in a era where multiple batsmen in one line-up averaging 45+ is not uncommon.

  • Ricci on June 13, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Interestingly, when West Indies was beating every cricket team in sight and dominated the game with its arsenal of stars, no one called for a second tier format.

  • Dre on June 13, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    @harbinsera. I understand where u guys r coming from but to me, teams like Bang, W.I., NZ,Zim and to a lesser extent Pak are way way better than assoc. teams bar an upcoming Ire (at times) and I would hate to see them relegated to those leagues playing against such teams REGULARLY. I am in favour of shorter series vs. the big 4 and every now and again a couple of warm up matches vs. assoc. teams (to expose the assoc. teams to better competition). Do u really think Bang would have improved if they weren't playing nations at a higher level? The only thing they gained from beating a last min., strung together W.I. n Zim was some confidence n that didn't stop them from losing evry match including t-20's since then. To me they improved by learning on the job, by playing against big boys n winning small battles n sessions. I also think many warm up matches vs top club sides will aid Bang, W.I., NZ etc whenever they tour, n they must tour regularly to learn how 2 play away from home.

  • Steve on June 13, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    Just want to add my name to the growing list of those rightly highlighting the comments of @Peter Langston as being totally off the mark. Steyn is a marvellous fast bowler although it pains me to say it as I dislike South Africa immensely - he is completely superb on lifeless surfaces, and every bit the bowler I wish James Anderson had become. He is playing in an era of covered pitches and the most lifeless surfaces I've ever seen, as well as an era where more cricket is being played than ever. Barring major injuries, I'm sure he will become the most successful non-spinner wicket taker in test history.

  • Len on June 13, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    That WIndies gave away 100 runs too many and batted spinelessly and as a result will lose the first test should be of no surprise to anyone, they have been doing this for 15 years. Come the end of this match it will be interesting to hear the totally pathetic comments if any, Otis Gibson and Chris Gayle are going to make. No doubt they will say "everybody is working hard" (not) and nonsense about "not stepping up to the plate" (whatever that means). I will keep saying this, UNTIL Gayle and Gibson start to publicly acknowledge that their attitude towards test cricket is totally unprofessional, THEY WILL NEVER and do not deserve to win test matches against test playing nations.

  • David on June 13, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Another spineless gutless pointless performance by the west indies, but by all means blame Ramdin, one of 3 people who actually made it to double figures. Perhaps we can drop him for Baugh, drop Rampaul for Darren Powell and drop Bravo for Dave Bernard Jr and complete the West Indies stupidity. I hope they do get relegated. Then maybe they can chop off the cancer that is chris gayle with his we just need to go out there and relax mentallity. Perhaps what they really need is the threat of a sound "cutass-trophe" to really get them motivated.

  • david on June 13, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    @peter the problem with comparing a player over time - you lose perspective... Grimmett bowled on uncovered wickets - against a weak SA team too. plenty of cheap wickets for him there. Lillee - had a few weak teams too (though less than others) and Waqar had plenty of Zim tests to fill his boots with. You just can't make the comparison - all were exceptionally skilled players. No doubt George Lohmann fans were complaining about the upstart Grimmet as he shot past his records too. I agree that Steyn needs to do more to reach the greats, but I remember that morning session in India when he cleaned them up before lunch on day 1! you have to have something special to do that

  • Sally on June 13, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    In the 50 over version of the game we have different leagues. Why not in tests as well (I apologise if I am showing any ignorance here)? I really believe we should have a promotion relegation system in place. At the end of each test cycle the team who is at the bottom of Test Nations A get relegated to the B or Associates league and visa a versa. it gives an incentive for the lower teams to improve and it makes sure that the Test playing nations maintain a level that is expected of a team in the A league. Any comments?? I am tired of watching the WI and Bangladesh get hammered series after series. Yes Bangladesh have improved but how many times do you need the stuffing beat out of you before you lose confidence? I would like to hear constructive thoughts about this. BTW - STEYN YOU BEAUTY!

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