Sir Vivian Richards Trophy - 3rd Test

West Indies v South Africa

South Africa won by 7 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

9.59am Dale Richards, who replaces Travis Dowlin, is walking out with Chris Gayle. Dale Steyn is ready to bowl, Gayle will take first strike. Three slips and gully. Play

9.55am Chris Gayle reckons the wicket is a bit dry, and expects the spinners to come into play later on. Graeme Smith, too, would have batted, because his side has picked two spinners, Johan Botha coming in ahead of Tsotsobe. So both the captains expect some spin later on. West Indies will hope they don't need their newest fast bowler, Brandon Bess from the High performance Centre, today. First ball in five minutes

9.40am Momentary break from a spate of bad news for West Indies. They have won the toss and will bat first on this sunny morning. Just as well they have batted because Brandpon Bess, the dramatic debutant to replace Pascal who replaced Sammy (both of them are now injured), is not even at the venue. "Brandon Bess is a member of the recently High Performance Center and is on his way to Kensington now for a shocking debut," says the Digicel Twitter page. Shocking debut, perhaps the accurate term, for we haven't heard much about him, except that he averages 48 runs per wicket, and has gone for 4.67 runs per over in his 18 first-class matches.

Elementary internet search also reveals Brandon Bess shares his name with a singer from Salt Lake City, who released his first album last year. More relevant basic information is that Bess is a lanky right-arm medium-pacer.

9.38am More bad news for West Indies. Nelon Pascal has injured himself in warm-up. Guyanese Brandon Bess will get a debut today. The twitter page of West Indies team sponsors, Digicel, says, "Pascal collapsed with some sort of injury to his neck area. Not sure of the details yet. We await more info."

9.30am Hello and welcome to what promises to be a beautiful sunny day of Test cricket. West Indies need to win this one to level the series, and they lost Darren Sammy to injury yesterday. Nelon pascal replaces him. We will get you the toss news in five minutes

0.1

Steyn to Gayle, no run, first ball angled across him, Gayle keeps his bat inside the line

Greg writes in, "The footage of Gayle and Smith both laughing at the teamsheets was priceless!"

0.2

Steyn to Gayle, no run, crunchy shot early, square drive, not wide enough of backward point

0.3

Steyn to Gayle, no run, swing in to him this time, Gayle defends off the front foot

looks like a nice true track, with decent bounce, but too early perhaps. Brandon Bess, meanwhile, has reached the Kensington Oval. Ottis Gibson is the first man to greet him

0.4

Steyn to Gayle, 2 runs, off the mark, just a push down the ground, past the bowler, easy couple

0.5

Steyn to Gayle, no run, nice shape in towards him, defended just outside off, with the bottom hand off

0.6

Steyn to Gayle, no run, driven powerfully but straight to mid-off

End of over 1 (2 runs) West Indies 2/0
CH Gayle    2* (6b)      DW Steyn    1-0-2-0
DM Richards    0* (0b)     

Daniel Alexander: "what would have hapnd if Smith won the toss and choose to bat?? how can da windies field without their 11th player? B Bess.." I am sure Smith would have been considerate enough to allow them a substitute for 10 minutes, but West Indies would have had to open the bowling with Dwayne Bravo. Anyway Bess is in the ground now. Blessed

1.1

Morkel to Richards, no run, Morkel bowls short of a length outside off, left alone by Richards, nice carry through to Boucher

Strange feeling, use the name Richards. Imagine the burden on Dale himself to carry that name

1.2

Morkel to Richards, no run, fuller, outside off, left alone

Tony Cozier talks of the 1948 Sabina park Test when Everton Weekes arrived only by lunch on day one. Weekes was replacing George Headley, who got injured just before the match. Interestingly, narrates Tony, Weekes's substitute was JK Holt, who the crowd thought should have been playing ahead of Headley. So when Weekes took the field, he was booed, but the next day he won the crowd over by scoring the first of his five consecutive centuries.

1.3

Morkel to Richards, no run, shorter again, bounces nicely outside off, left alone

1.4

Morkel to Richards, no run, short outside off, left alone

1.5

Morkel to Richards, no run, fuller, into the pads, pushed to midwicket

1.6

Morkel to Richards, no run, goes back to short and outside off, Richards leaves it alone

End of over 2 (maiden) West Indies 2/0
DM Richards    0* (6b)      M Morkel    1-1-0-0
CH Gayle    2* (6b)      DW Steyn    1-0-2-0

2.1

Steyn to Gayle, FOUR, nice shot, right on the top of the bounce but driving from away from the body, and also square of the wicket, the ball races away for four

2.2

Steyn to Gayle, no run, closer to the stumps, and he leaves it alone this time

2.3

Steyn to Gayle, no run, slightly shorter, but way too far from his body to interest him

Mark Kidger has been asking for a spirited show from West Indies. He reminds, "I think that I speak for many fans who remember the great West Indian sides of the 1970s to '90s that we don't expect this team to turn into worldbeaters overnight, but yes, please, to show some spirit. If they don't start drawing more regularly and winning a few, it won't be long before their Test status starts to be questioned. Test cricket can't afford to carry three uncompetitive sides in the current structure." Hmm - who is the third uncompetitive side then?

2.4

Steyn to Gayle, 1 run, short, into the ribs, keeps it down and takes a single

2.5

Steyn to Richards, no run, beautiful bowling, lovely shape, the ball pitches middle and off, and swinging away towards off, Richards gets the outside part of the bat

2.6

Steyn to Richards, no run, swing again, this time it goes to mid-off, off the middle of the bat

End of over 3 (5 runs) West Indies 7/0
DM Richards    0* (8b)      DW Steyn    2-0-7-0
CH Gayle    7* (10b 1x4)      M Morkel    1-1-0-0

3.1

Morkel to Gayle, FOUR, short, looking for the ribs, bowls a bit too much down the leg side, nicely glanced away, Steyn makes a diving save at fine leg, but the replays show he touched the rope while fielding the ball. Good effort, though

3.2

Morkel to Gayle, no run, short again, around the ribs again, defended back to him

Mark is thinking ahead of me, and many others: "Zimbabwe start playing Tests again next year with a series against Bangladesh... By my count, that makes 3."

3.3

Morkel to Gayle, 1 run, fuller this time, gets the outside half of his bat, past cover

3.4

Morkel to Richards, no run, short outside off, nice bounce, left alone

3.5

Morkel to Richards, OUT, Morkel has struck! Richards has missed the review trick here, or has he? This is fuller, perhaps the first length ball Morkel has bowled to Richards, and he plays across the line, and is hit on the back leg. Everthing looks right with the appeal, except that it has hit him over the knee roll, which is pretty close to the stumps, so not much distance to travel. Richards has a word with Gayle, and decides against challenging that call. The replays show it would have hit the top of the stumps, so a good call from Taufel and from Richards

DM Richards lbw b Morkel 0 (10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Narsingh Deonarine is the new man

3.6

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, full outside off, left alone

End of over 4 (5 runs) West Indies 12/1
N Deonarine    0* (1b)      M Morkel    2-1-5-1
CH Gayle    12* (13b 2x4)      DW Steyn    2-0-7-0

4.1

Steyn to Gayle, 2 runs, punched away on the up, through extra cover for two

4.2

Steyn to Gayle, 2 runs, pushed through the covers again, on the up, with gentle hands, gets another couple

4.3

Steyn to Gayle, FOUR, not very pretty, but effective, this time he gets the width and throws his bat at it, with an open face, and deliberately over the infield. It is not a clean hit, but crawls to the boundary

short extra cover in

4.4

Steyn to Gayle, no run, back of a length, close to off stump, defended

4.5

Steyn to Gayle, 1 wide, wided for height, good bounce in this pitch

Josh: "As for Mark's comments on the "three uncompetitive sides," the term 'uncompetitive' is far too subjective. Zimbabwe have been very competitive in recent times and conducted themselves on the pitch in a very respectable manner. Maybe this just strengthens the case for a two-tier system. Perhaps those in the bottom tier could even have to take part in qualification for ICC trophies? The threat of the loss in revenue could serve as... inspiration."

4.5

Steyn to Gayle, no run, this is a better bouncer, aimed for his ribs and chest area, Gayle ducks under it

4.6

Steyn to Gayle, OUT, for the third time in the series Gayle has played one on, after having scored 20 of the 21 runs on the board. Not the smartest of the shots, looks to cut, but it is too full and too straight for the shot. Add the slight shape into him, and Gayle has got himself out

CH Gayle b Steyn 20 (19b 3x4 0x6) SR: 105.26

End of over 5 (9 runs) West Indies 21/2
     DW Steyn    3-0-16-1
N Deonarine    0* (1b)      M Morkel    2-1-5-1

Familiar scenes then. Shivnarine Chanderpaul walks in and has to pull West Indies out of trouble. Deonarine to face, though

5.1

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, nicely behind the length delivery to defend it

5.2

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, short outside leg, left alone

5.3

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, keeps it short, tucking him up, Deonarine defends it back to Morkel

5.4

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, fuller, Deonarine is on the back foot, but defends it well towards mid-on

5.5

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, shorter again, Deonarine right behind it and defends

5.6

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, short of a length again, patted back by Deonarine who is on his toes

End of over 6 (maiden) West Indies 21/2
N Deonarine    0* (7b)      M Morkel    3-2-5-1
S Chanderpaul    0* (0b)      DW Steyn    3-0-16-1

6.1

Steyn to Chanderpaul, no run, Steyn keeps it short for Chanders, who shuffles across and defends it outside off

6.2

Steyn to Chanderpaul, no run, slightly fuller, but wide outside off, and he lets it be

6.3

Steyn to Chanderpaul, no run, nice swing, full, headed for middle, but Chanders somehow manages to get his bat down

Glen: "Here we go again! Who in the West Indies can bat at number 2. That is the biggest problem we have!!" No. 1 is gone too, sir

6.4

Steyn to Chanderpaul, no run, back of a length, and played back to the bowler

6.5

Steyn to Chanderpaul, no run, shapes to pull this one from outside off, realises it is quite sharp and drops his wrists at the last moment

Mark Kidger: "Josh, ODis are one thing. Tests are another. Ireland are very competitive in ODIs and came close to beating Australia on their current, but I'm not sure that you'd expect them to compete in a Test against Australia. Bangladesh are increasingly competitive in ODIs, but their Test record is abysmal. And Zim were being used as punchballs long before their team disintegrated (didn't Matthew Hayden score 380 against a side arguably a lot stronger than the current Zim team???)"

6.6

Steyn to Chanderpaul, no run, angled across him, left alone

End of over 7 (maiden) West Indies 21/2
S Chanderpaul    0* (6b)      DW Steyn    4-1-16-1
N Deonarine    0* (7b)      M Morkel    3-2-5-1

Early, and interesting change. Kallis to bowl. Three slips and two gullies for him

7.1

Kallis to Deonarine, no run, starts off with a length ball, just outside off, defended to cover

7.2

Kallis to Deonarine, no run, shoulders arms, extravagantly

7.3

Kallis to Deonarine, FOUR, punched away down the ground, on the up, there is no mid-off, and he gets off the mark

7.4

Kallis to Deonarine, no run, fuller, outside off, shapes up for the drive and then leaves it alone

7.5

Kallis to Deonarine, no run, pulls the length back, angles it across him, and Deonarine again doesn't play at it

7.6

Kallis to Deonarine, no run, makes him play this time, pitches middle and leg, angling it towards off, Deonarine gets right behind it and defends

End of over 8 (4 runs) West Indies 25/2
N Deonarine    4* (13b 1x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-4-0
S Chanderpaul    0* (6b)      DW Steyn    4-1-16-1

8.1

Steyn to Chanderpaul, no run, wide outside off, he has nothing to do with this one

8.2

Steyn to Chanderpaul, 4 byes, this one stays low! Doesn't carry through to Boucher, this length ball beats him outside off, and then goes through for four byes. Variable bounce there

8.3

Steyn to Chanderpaul, no run, this one carries chest high to Boucher, pitched slightly shorter than the previous one

8.4

Steyn to Chanderpaul, no run, good bounce again, throat high to Boucher, from back of a length

8.5

Steyn to Chanderpaul, no run, at the stumps this time, Chanders gets across and pats it back

8.6

Steyn to Chanderpaul, no run, outside off again, and Chanders shoulders arms again

End of over 9 (4 runs, maiden) West Indies 29/2
S Chanderpaul    0* (12b)      DW Steyn    5-2-16-1
N Deonarine    4* (13b 1x4)      JH Kallis    1-0-4-0

Josh writes back in, "Re: Mark. Hence, the two-tier system. As the media have rightly commented on in recent series, it can't be doing much good to Bangladesh's overall progress if they are getting taken apart both on and off the field. By playing sides more their equal, on a more regualar basis, they should develop enough coherence to at least begin moving forward. I don't know, maybe I'm too forgiving, but it would upset me to see a historical (colourful, energetic) side such as the West Indies banished into the sporting wilderness. They need help, not punishment. And I'd miss Barbados tests..."

9.1

Kallis to Deonarine, no run, short, around leg stump, Deonarine leaves it alone, but good bounce again

9.2

Kallis to Deonarine, 1 leg bye, on the pads, misses on the flick, gets a leg-bye

9.3

Kallis to Chanderpaul, no run, another bouncer, Chanders, with minimal effort, moves out of its line

9.4

Kallis to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, fuller, on the pads, clipped away to get off the mark

9.5

Kallis to Chanderpaul, no run, full, around off, defended to cover

9.6

Kallis to Chanderpaul, no run, short, angling away, and Chanders stays inside its line and drops his wrists

End of over 10 (3 runs) West Indies 32/2
S Chanderpaul    2* (16b)      JH Kallis    2-0-6-0
N Deonarine    4* (15b 1x4)      DW Steyn    5-2-16-1

Morkel comes back, gets a change of ends

10.1

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, short, but down the leg side, Boucher has to produce a dive to collect that

Tim Huguenin: "I think people are being a bit harsh on the Windies right now. If you remember back to the end of last year they very nearly tied a test series against Australia. Losing by only a handful of runs at Perth. They've been devastated by injuries are a consequently out of form. They potentially need a new captain also but their playing stocks are better than people are giving credit."

10.2

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, short into the body, tucked back to the bowler

10.3

Morkel to Deonarine, 2 runs, too full, and he plays the push-off-drive, keeping bat and pad close together, not worrying about the power into the shot

10.4

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, angled across him, and he leaves this one alone, quite an extravagant leave he has, lunges almost Ponting-style before shouldering arms and sort of squaring up

there is a forward short leg there, by the way

10.5

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, lets this fullish delivery be, outside off

10.6

Morkel to Deonarine, FOUR, overpitched outside off, gets close to it and drives it with an open face, past cover, this time gets four for it

End of over 11 (6 runs) West Indies 38/2
N Deonarine    10* (21b 2x4)      M Morkel    4-2-11-1
S Chanderpaul    2* (16b)      JH Kallis    2-0-6-0

Time for some spin. There has been some loose stuff on the pitch. Will be interesting to see how the pitch behaves with spin. Botha to bowl. Round the wicket. One slip, and a forward short leg

11.1

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, flat delivery, around off, pushed to mid-off

11.2

Botha to Chanderpaul, 1 run, angling into him, get gets across and nicely works it around the corner. No turn so far

11.3

Botha to Deonarine, no run, flighted, again going with the angle, Deonarine is behind it

11.4

Botha to Deonarine, no run, outside off this time, left alone

11.5

Botha to Deonarine, no run, appeal for lbw as this one goes with the angle again, but a clear inside edge on it

11.6

Botha to Deonarine, no run, flighted around off again, pushed to mid-on

End of over 12 (1 run) West Indies 39/2
N Deonarine    10* (25b 2x4)      J Botha    1-0-1-0
S Chanderpaul    3* (18b)      M Morkel    4-2-11-1

Dan thinks Gayle has stagnated as a captain, and calls for dynamism. "WI needs not just new captain, need a young, aggressive & intelligent captain. Simply replacing someone next in line is not going to work.... need to think out of the box!! Thats what will help WI!!!!" Round the wicket goes Morkel

12.1

Morkel to Chanderpaul, no run, Chanders covers the off-stump line before leaving this one alone

Steve, the Bajan, writes in, "Everyone is being a bit overly negative about a WI team that has for many months been forced to play Tests without four of its best players: Barath, Sarwan, Edwards, and Taylor. How would SA be doing without Peterson, Amla, Steyn and Morkel?

Perhaps the biggest problem with WI is their trainer!"

12.2

Morkel to Chanderpaul, no run, and again, nicely covers the off stump and then shoulders arms

12.3

Morkel to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, plays at this one, short outside off, shuffles across, thinks he is close enough, and then opens the face, and keeps it along the ground and in the gap between third slip and gully

12.4

Morkel to Chanderpaul, SIX, Harris at fine leg perhaps didn't pick it as early as he would have liked. Chanders went for the pull, there was extra bounce in it, and the top edge flew fine of fine leg, Harris struggled to pick the line of it, and his lunge in the end couldn't get him to the ball

12.5

Morkel to Chanderpaul, 3 runs, a much more controlled pull, gets back and across and pulls it along the ground, rolling his wrists on it, and in front of square

Shobhit Bansal: "Regarding Tier -II system, why don't we make relegating to Tier-II a regular feature like EPL etc. Systematize it, no politics simple perform or be relegated as teams develop Tier-I can expand."

12.6

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, left alone outside off, and time for drinks

End of over 13 (11 runs) West Indies 50/2
N Deonarine    10* (26b 2x4)      M Morkel    5-2-22-1
S Chanderpaul    14* (23b 1x6)      J Botha    1-0-1-0

13.1

Botha to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, gets across, inside the line, works it fine, gets two

13.2

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, flighted into the pads, pushed to mid-on

13.3

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, flatter, around off, patted back to the bowler

13.4

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, stretches forward to defend this to cover

13.5

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, turn here, from wide of the crease too, Chanders keeps it down but encouraging signs for the spinners

13.6

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, flatter, into the pads, keeps it out

End of over 14 (2 runs) West Indies 52/2
S Chanderpaul    16* (29b 1x6)      J Botha    2-0-3-0
N Deonarine    10* (26b 2x4)      M Morkel    5-2-22-1

14.1

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, well directed short one from round the stumps, going for the throat-face area, Deonarine has to act swiftly to get out of its way. Morkel has already found Deonarine's helmet twice in this series

14.2

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, slightly fuller, defends this one well

14.3

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, even fuller, around off, played back to the bowler

14.4

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, gets the width, cuts, but finds backward point

14.5

Morkel to Deonarine, FOUR, very nice delivery, not short, not full, around off, making him play, but Deonarine's soft hands mean the edge doesn't fly, and it also finds the gap between slips and gully

14.6

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, gets on his toes to defend this one

End of over 15 (4 runs) West Indies 56/2
N Deonarine    14* (32b 3x4)      M Morkel    6-2-26-1
S Chanderpaul    16* (29b 1x6)      J Botha    2-0-3-0

Harris replaces Botha from the Joel Garner end. There are footmarks there already, just outside off the left-hand batsmen's off stumps. A slip and a short leg in. Harris runs in for the first delivery, and then pulls out

15.1

Harris to Chanderpaul, no run, floats this one outside off, left alone

15.2

Harris to Chanderpaul, no run, closer to off, slight turn, slight bounce, defended

15.3

Harris to Chanderpaul, no run, this one doesn't turn! Pitches at the same spot almost, and goes straight on, almost gets the edge, even Boucher doesn't collect it clean

15.4

Harris to Chanderpaul, no run, closer to him, and it is easier to cover the line as he defends

15.5

Harris to Chanderpaul, no run, flatter, sharper outside off, left alone

15.6

Harris to Chanderpaul, no run, flighted around off, and defended nicely

End of over 16 (maiden) West Indies 56/2
S Chanderpaul    16* (35b 1x6)      PL Harris    1-1-0-0
N Deonarine    14* (32b 3x4)      M Morkel    6-2-26-1

Spin from both ends. In the first session of the Test. With South Africa bowling! Two short legs in

16.1

Botha to Deonarine, no run, flat, around off, pushed to cover

16.2

Botha to Deonarine, no run, looks to cut, finds point

16.3

Botha to Deonarine, no run, slight drift into the pads, defended well off the front foot

16.4

Botha to Deonarine, no run, tossed outside off, played back to the bowler

16.5

Botha to Deonarine, no run, similar delivery, similar result

16.6

Botha to Deonarine, no run, pushed towards mid-off, off the front foot

End of over 17 (maiden) West Indies 56/2
N Deonarine    14* (38b 3x4)      J Botha    3-1-3-0
S Chanderpaul    16* (35b 1x6)      PL Harris    1-1-0-0

17.1

Harris to Chanderpaul, 1 run, turn, sharp turn as he looks to cut, but he manages a single

mid-off and square-leg two-thirds of the way back to the boundary

17.2

Harris to Deonarine, 1 run, flat outside off, cut away for one

17.3

Harris to Chanderpaul, no run, straighter one outside off, Chanders doesn't play at it

17.4

Harris to Chanderpaul, no run, full outside off, Chanders covers the line and leaves it be. His towel, tucked in his trousers, falls as he lets the ball go. No, he hasn't thrown the towel in

17.5

Harris to Chanderpaul, 1 run, pushes this for a single past cover

17.6

Harris to Deonarine, 1 run, short outside off, another easy single to deep point, case for bringing the fielder in?

End of over 18 (4 runs) West Indies 60/2
N Deonarine    16* (40b 3x4)      PL Harris    2-1-4-0
S Chanderpaul    18* (39b 1x6)      J Botha    3-1-3-0

18.1

Botha to Deonarine, no run, nice channel he is hitting, just around off, Deonarine behind it

18.2

Botha to Deonarine, no run, pushes forward and defends

one of the short legs comes to silly point

18.3

Botha to Deonarine, no run, driven with the turn, towards cover

18.4

Botha to Deonarine, 1 run, driven wide of mid-off for one

silly point goes back to leg gully

18.5

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, defended outside off, with an open face

18.6

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, into the pads, straightening a touch, played back to the bowler

End of over 19 (1 run) West Indies 61/2
S Chanderpaul    18* (41b 1x6)      J Botha    4-1-4-0
N Deonarine    17* (44b 3x4)      PL Harris    2-1-4-0

19.1

Harris to Deonarine, 2 runs, edged wide of slip! the straighter one again, well bowled Harris, Deonarine plays for the turn, this one goes straight and bounces a touch too, the edge is sharp and flies wide off Kallis

deep point has thankfully come back in

19.2

Harris to Deonarine, no run, defended into the off side

19.3

Harris to Deonarine, no run, stretches full length, and pats it back to the bowler

19.4

Harris to Deonarine, no run, driven to cover

19.5

Harris to Deonarine, no run, nice flight, making him stretch well forward, and he does so when defending this

short leg comes to silly point

19.6

Harris to Deonarine, 1 run, risky late-cut off a fullish delivery, for a single past point

End of over 20 (3 runs) West Indies 64/2
N Deonarine    20* (50b 3x4)      PL Harris    3-1-7-0
S Chanderpaul    18* (41b 1x6)      J Botha    4-1-4-0

one slip, one forward short leg, one silly point

20.1

Botha to Deonarine, no run, flat around off, defended with an open face

20.2

Botha to Deonarine, 2 runs, another edge wide of slip, flighted outside off, and he reaches for it, and the turn gets a thick edge. No chance for slip

response from Smith. Gully comes in. One ball too late?

20.3

Botha to Deonarine, 1 run, driven past cover for a single

gully goes out, silly point goes to leg gully

20.4

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, and accordingly, he bowls a leg line, Chanders defends

20.5

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, turn there, after pitching on leg line, manages to keep it down

20.6

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, this one goes into the pad, with the arm, and he defends it into the leg side

End of over 21 (3 runs) West Indies 67/2
S Chanderpaul    18* (44b 1x6)      J Botha    5-1-7-0
N Deonarine    23* (53b 3x4)      PL Harris    3-1-7-0

gully for Deonarine

21.1

Harris to Deonarine, no run, full outside off, left alone

21.2

Harris to Deonarine, no run, slows it down, Deonarine waits, and defends it outside off

21.3

Harris to Deonarine, no run, goes back in the crease and pushes this to point - good move to bring that fielder in, otherwise this was an easy single

21.4

Harris to Deonarine, no run, draws him forward and he defends

21.5

Harris to Deonarine, 1 run, wristily played to the two-thirds square leg for a single

21.6

Harris to Chanderpaul, no run, flighted outside off, kicked away

End of over 22 (1 run) West Indies 68/2
S Chanderpaul    18* (45b 1x6)      PL Harris    4-1-8-0
N Deonarine    24* (58b 3x4)      J Botha    5-1-7-0

Twenty-three minutes to lunch. Time for Deonarine to tighten up a bit, he has given SA two opportunities lately

22.1

Botha to Deonarine, no run, short delivery, pushed to cover

22.2

Botha to Deonarine, no run, flat and full, defended past silly point

Errol Erskine on the latest debutant: "Bess does not have an outstanding record but he is quick. I hope he caN better other pacers whom records was not good when first selected eg; Michael Holding avg about 52 per wk when selected to tour AUS"

22.3

Botha to Deonarine, no run, tospinner I suspect, goes with the arm and hurries up on him, he defends off the back foot

22.4

Botha to Deonarine, no run, stretches right forward to defend this offbreak

22.5

Botha to Deonarine, FOUR, powerful sweep, you could sense he needed a release shot. Sweeps this off a length, doesn't bother keeping it down as there are hardly any deep fielders on the on side

22.6

Botha to Deonarine, no run, driven into the off side, can't get it past extra cover

End of over 23 (4 runs) West Indies 72/2
N Deonarine    28* (64b 4x4)      J Botha    6-1-11-0
S Chanderpaul    18* (45b 1x6)      PL Harris    4-1-8-0

Mervin: "well with all that is being said about W.I cricket I think its time that W.I fans get a percentage of the players salary for for pain and suffering."

23.1

Harris to Chanderpaul, no run, flighted outside off, pads it away

23.2

Harris to Chanderpaul, 1 run, slightly short, goes back, cuts it past point

23.3

Harris to Deonarine, no run, pushed through, defended off the back foot

23.4

Harris to Deonarine, no run, nicely bowled, dip there, and Deonarine is not quite to the pitch of it, but defends it well

23.5

Harris to Deonarine, no run, pushed to point

23.6

Harris to Deonarine, no run, tossed up, Deonarine stays back, no extra bounce or turn to bother him

End of over 24 (1 run) West Indies 73/2
N Deonarine    28* (68b 4x4)      PL Harris    5-1-9-0
S Chanderpaul    19* (47b 1x6)      J Botha    6-1-11-0

Tim Huguenin: "The Bess selection is frustrating. Sure Rampaul needed to be dropped but surely they had better options. What about Nelon Pascal who hardly got a chance in the first test. Another person is Kieron Pollard who also gives the team an extra dimension with the bat." For the benefit of Tim and others who might have tuned in late, Pascal was indeed picked but he injured himself in the warm-up. So Bess had to be hurried in from the High Performance Centre up the hill in Bridgetown. In fact Bess reahced the ground during the second over. So it was a really good toss to win for WI. Meanwhile Kallis comes back

24.1

Kallis to Chanderpaul, no run, length ball outside off, Chanders has nothing to do with it

24.2

Kallis to Chanderpaul, 1 run, he gets close to this one and opens the face on it, gets a single past point

24.3

Kallis to Deonarine, no run, closer to off, Deonarine pushes it to cover

24.4

Kallis to Deonarine, no run, looks to cut, but it is too close to him, goes off the inside half of the bat towards cover

24.5

Kallis to Deonarine, no run, effort ball, short, but outside leg stump

24.6

Kallis to Deonarine, no run, back of a length, angling across, Deonarine goes back and across and plays it back to the bowler

End of over 25 (1 run) West Indies 74/2
N Deonarine    28* (72b 4x4)      JH Kallis    3-0-7-0
S Chanderpaul    20* (49b 1x6)      PL Harris    5-1-9-0

25.1

Harris to Chanderpaul, no run, padded away outside off

25.2

Harris to Chanderpaul, 1 run, turning in, and nicely patted away to fine leg

a gully comes in for Deonarine

25.3

Harris to Deonarine, no run, flighted outside off, decides late to pad it away, but the ball goes straight through to Boucher

25.4

Harris to Deonarine, no run, this one turns and bounces, and is kicked away

25.5

Harris to Deonarine, no run, arm ball, but it almost turn away from the left-hand batsman, but not close enough to him to make him commit

25.6

Harris to Deonarine, no run, this one turns in, played towards midwicket

End of over 26 (1 run) West Indies 75/2
N Deonarine    28* (76b 4x4)      PL Harris    6-1-10-0
S Chanderpaul    21* (51b 1x6)      JH Kallis    3-0-7-0

26.1

Kallis to Chanderpaul, no run, shuffles across and defends this to cover

Tim again: "cheers for that. So that makes the list of injured WI fast bowlers: Edwards, Taylor, Sammy, Pascal. Who have I missed. Bring particularly those first two back in and the Windies might have a half decent attack. Good luck to Bess though, hope Gayle actually uses him and doesn't persist with spin all game." You actually miss out none name, Jermaine Lawson. If Lawson, Taylor and Edwards are fit, it is a solid attack. Who knows where Lawson has disappeared?

26.2

Kallis to Chanderpaul, 1 run, opens the face on this one, and gets a single past cover

26.3

Kallis to Deonarine, no run, left alone extravagantly outside off

26.4

Kallis to Deonarine, no run, punched off the back foot, straight to mid-off

26.5

Kallis to Deonarine, no run, tries the bouncer, but it doesn't quite bounce, good for the batsman that it is outside off otherwise it would have been difficult to negotiate

26.6

Kallis to Deonarine, no run, shoulders arms outside off again

End of over 27 (1 run) West Indies 76/2
N Deonarine    28* (80b 4x4)      JH Kallis    4-0-8-0
S Chanderpaul    22* (53b 1x6)      PL Harris    6-1-10-0

Robbie D: "The problem is not only with west indies cricket but with the cricketing financial superpowers; India and Australia have long been denying a revenue sharing mechanism which would allow countries like west Indies to develop a strong local league and their talents. people forget their history and forget how fundamental west Indies cricket was to the development of the sport in the 70s and 80s. And if the Australians get their man in the ICC it will be ten times worst!!!!" Apt time, then, to remind you of what Floyd wrote about Money: Money, it's a crime/ Share it fairly/ But don't take a slice of my pie

27.1

Harris to Chanderpaul, no run, defended back to the bowler

27.2

Harris to Chanderpaul, no run, arm ball, picks it early, and cuts, but finds point

27.3

Harris to Chanderpaul, no run, six inches! saved by six inches! Big misjudgement from Chanders, who lets this one alone but doesn't cover the off stump, and the ball turns in sharply, and misses the off stump. Anguish for South Africa

27.4

Harris to Chanderpaul, no run, turning in towards pads, defended to midwicket

27.5

Harris to Chanderpaul, no run, kicked away from wide outside off

27.6

Harris to Chanderpaul, no run, tossed up around middle and off, defended back to the bowler

End of over 28 (maiden) West Indies 76/2
S Chanderpaul    22* (59b 1x6)      PL Harris    7-2-10-0
N Deonarine    28* (80b 4x4)      JH Kallis    4-0-8-0

Last over before lunch. Andy: "Edwards, Taylor, Roach and Bravo. A full-strength Windies attack is actually pretty tasty."

28.1

Kallis to Deonarine, no run, angled across him, left alone

28.2

Kallis to Deonarine, no run, not making him play again, got to do better than that

Robbie D again: "Not to prolong the point but i just don't want to give the impression that i am blaming others for our problems, because West Indies management has been horrid!!! can not wait for Hilory Beckles to take over the board!!!!!"

28.3

Kallis to Deonarine, no run, driven nicely, but there are two extra covers

short leg comes in

28.4

Kallis to Deonarine, no run, and again outside off and short enough for him to leave it alone on length too

Dion Forey echoes Robbie's second comment: "Why blame other countries, when WI board itself is complete mess. Their incompetence has shown over and again.

Unless the WI board improves, no amount of money will do any good to WI cricket.."

28.5

Kallis to Deonarine, no run, bouncer, doesn't rise, Deonarine takes his eyes off as he ducks, and is saved a hit on the body because the line is outside off

28.6

Kallis to Deonarine, no run, not a great last over before lunch, left alone again. Deonarine played at only one delivery, that too he wasn't forced to

So the two Guyanese left-hand batsmen have seen West Indies through to lunch. Would have been a much more satisfactory session for them had Gayle not dragged on for the third time in this series. Some more feedback before we go and eat.

Tim says, "Jermaine Lawson, theres a name that doesn't come up much. Add in Sarwan and Barath and the Windies have a pretty decent side. I think all the doomsayers are jumping the gun a little on them. Its been a bad year but there is light at the end of the tunnel."

Daniel Alexander wants Tino Best back, who is bowling for Yorskhire as we speak.

Darko has more on the Bess choice. He writes, "Bess would not have been the first choice if the West Indies A team wasn't in England. Bowlers like Gavin Tonge, Lionel Baker and maybe even the young Andre Russell who has been doing great with the "A" team would have got in ahead of Bess. But at this moment there was no better option and Bess had an average year for Guyana with 13 wicket from 5 matches at an average of 32."

Sam Baker doesn't have a satisfactory answer on the whereabouts of Lawson: "I was also wondering what happened to Jermaine Lawson the other day, last i heard he was playing as a kolpak for Leistershire but think that was a few years ago now, hasn't been playing for Jamaica or the West Indies A recently either!"

Vivek: "i just saw u were asking bout jermaine lawson...i had met him in 2009 on a cruise on the atlantic and he tells me dat he still has a recuperating shoulder bone....still remember how he decimated aussies in dat 1 test"

See you at 12.40pm.

End of over 29 (maiden) West Indies 76/2
N Deonarine    28* (86b 4x4)      JH Kallis    5-1-8-0
S Chanderpaul    22* (59b 1x6)      PL Harris    7-2-10-0

Back. Botha replaces Harris. Slip, short leg, leg gully in

12.30pm A selection of feedback during lunch. Errol: "Bess just needs to make the most of his unexpected selection. Sir Viv had no century[avg 20's] before selected for WI. Marshal had one first class game and Edwards turn up to nets bowled fast to Lara and was selected [ took a 5 for]. All of these players made the most of their chances [ that's why you must not condemn the selectors for their insight]"

Romeo: "Jermaine lawson is playing for his Cricket club in Jamaica the st Catherine cricket club". Osamah Perveze has a different story: "Jermaine Lawson, he plays in New York league now for $$$. he has real pace and i bowls over 90+. its sad he is playing here instead of UK where he can make more money and get back in WI playing XI"

Darko thinks Tino Best is best left with Yorkshire. he says: "Please no Tino Best near the test team or any West Indies team anymore. Last time he played for WI was against Bangladesh and picked up 2 wickets in test matches and averaged close to 100. West Indies are trying to move forwards not backwards."

Live action in 10 minutes

29.1

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, back of a length, patted to short leg

29.2

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, fuller, defended towards cover

29.3

Botha to Chanderpaul, no run, nicely tossed up, pushed to mid-off

29.4

Botha to Chanderpaul, OUT, Kallis! What a catch! Nicely bowled too, there is dip there, drawing Chanders forward and making him reach out, then there is the turn that takes an edge, and then Kallis dives low to his left to puck it one-handed. I don't there was even half a second's time there

S Chanderpaul c Kallis b Botha 22 (63b 0x4 1x6) SR: 34.92

Brendan Nash is the new man. A slip, a short leg, a silly point

29.5

Botha to Nash, 2 runs, that's an interesting shot first up, cuts it from in front of off, fine of backward point

29.6

Botha to Nash, no run, comes forward to pat this to silly point

End of over 30 (2 runs) West Indies 78/3
BP Nash    2* (2b)      J Botha    7-1-13-1
N Deonarine    28* (86b 4x4)      JH Kallis    5-1-8-0

Moving in from J Lawson, Dnaiel Alexander wants to know "where did C Collymore disappear??" Morkel comes in now, from round the stumps

30.1

Morkel to Deonarine, FOUR, Deonarine has lost his partner in the first over after lunch, and has flashed at the first delivery he faces after the break. Luckily for him, it flies wide of point for four

30.2

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, tucks him up with this one, defended back to the bowler

30.3

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, better this time, leaves this alone, although for a brief moment he shaped up for the cut

30.4

Morkel to Deonarine, FOUR, flashes again, and this one flies over slips, strange mindset after nearly one full session of hard work

30.5

Morkel to Deonarine, FOUR, this one was a loose delivery, half-volley outside off, and he sends it smashing to the cover boundary

30.6

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, left alone outside off this time - except for that ball, Deonarine's attitude after lunch is similar to how he played in St Kitts, and it cost him his wicket there

End of over 31 (12 runs) West Indies 90/3
N Deonarine    40* (92b 7x4)      M Morkel    7-2-38-1
BP Nash    2* (2b)      J Botha    7-1-13-1

I don't know how true this is. Mahendra writes in, "Jermaine Lawson was actually playing for destroyer cricket club along with Andrew Gonsalves. It was the Sam's Food T20 competition." Gully joins the close-in fielders

31.1

Botha to Nash, no run, defended off the front foot

31.2

Botha to Nash, no run, driven this time, but to cover

31.3

Botha to Nash, no run, quicker one, going in with the arm, goes back and defends

31.4

Botha to Nash, OUT, Review! This one turns sharply, angling in towards leg stump, pitching middle and leg, and turning away sharply, past the bat, hitting him on the back leg, in front of middle and off. Height is good too. Taufel gives it not-out, Smith takes his time before making the T sign. Taufel doesn't really have any option but to overrule his own call. It's taking a long time. Taufel still in discussion with Asad Rauf. It's been more than a minute. Finally he crosses his arms, touches his shoulders, and raises his finger. Botha has struck in back-to-back overs

BP Nash lbw b Botha 2 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Dwayne Bravo is the new man in, amid serious crisis for WI. Andre writes in re Colleymore. he says, "Corey Collymore is having a very successful season with Sussex in England....however the selectors probably feel that his selection would be a step backwards.." A slip, a short leg, a leg gully in

31.5

Botha to Bravo, no run, short and wide and Bravo misses on the flamboyant cut

31.6

Botha to Bravo, no run, turning into the pads, defended to forwards short leg

End of over 32 (wicket maiden) West Indies 90/4
DJ Bravo    0* (2b)      J Botha    8-2-13-2
N Deonarine    40* (92b 7x4)      M Morkel    7-2-38-1

Shahab makes a strong point: "Everyone's sharing their views on Lawson. The fact is that none of us is seeing him in any recognisable scorecard..so how can he be selected??"

32.1

Morkel to Deonarine, 2 runs, nicely tucked away off the ribs, square of fine leg for two

32.2

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, back of a length, around off, defended

Will Deonarine keep playing his shots as he did in his first over after lunch?

32.3

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, nice lifter, gets big outside off, he stays inside the line

32.4

Morkel to Deonarine, 1 run, well this should answer some questions, goes after this widish delivery, hits it powerfully just to wide of mid-off

32.5

Morkel to Bravo, no run, back of a length, good bounce around off, Bravo is on his toes while defending this

Matt Pym: "Is it just my eyesight, or did Nash get a tiny feather on that lbw shout? I have money on SA so happy with the decision. Would be interested in a hotspot view....as usual." Nah looked pretty out to me, turned past the bat

32.6

Morkel to Bravo, no run, down the leg side, no need to play at that

End of over 33 (3 runs) West Indies 93/4
DJ Bravo    0* (4b)      M Morkel    8-2-41-1
N Deonarine    43* (96b 7x4)      J Botha    8-2-13-2

33.1

Botha to Deonarine, no run, full and wide, left alone

33.2

Botha to Deonarine, no run, full and wide again, and left alone again

Botha is tossing them up wide, looking to perhaps play at Deonarine's impulsive stroke play after the break

33.3

Botha to Deonarine, no run, f;latter, towards the stumps, keeps this one out

33.4

Botha to Deonarine, no run, half a shout for lbw, but it is angling down the leg side

33.5

Botha to Deonarine, 2 runs, Deonarine is being a tease here, dances down the track and heaves across the line, the ball goes off the inside half of the bat for two. Nowhere near the pitch of the ball

33.6

Botha to Deonarine, no run, Botha tosses this up wide again, and Deonarine is wiser this time and leaves it alone

End of over 34 (2 runs) West Indies 95/4
N Deonarine    45* (102b 7x4)      J Botha    9-2-15-2
DJ Bravo    0* (4b)      M Morkel    8-2-41-1

34.1

Morkel to Bravo, no run, oooh, movement away as it passes the bat, but there is no edge. Was dug in back of a length, got Bravo to hop, and then left him

34.2

Morkel to Bravo, no run, this is closer to the stumps, into his body, just a short, Bravo keeps it down

short leg comes in

34.3

Morkel to Bravo, no run, tries the surprise fuller delivery, but angles it down the leg side

34.4

Morkel to Bravo, no run, back of a length again, just outside off, Bravo defends, keeps it down, could have left that alone actually

34.5

Morkel to Bravo, FOUR, again the fuller ball is strayed down the leg side, and is also a half-volley, and Bravo clips it away for four

34.6

Morkel to Bravo, no run, short outside off, this time Bravo is not interested in doing anything with it

End of over 35 (4 runs) West Indies 99/4
DJ Bravo    4* (10b 1x4)      M Morkel    9-2-45-1
N Deonarine    45* (102b 7x4)      J Botha    9-2-15-2

Oswaldo: "im from barbados and they not showin it live here...so i take it the ball is turnin alot? so we still have a chance if we get rolled over cheaply?" Yes sir, the ball is turning, but not enough to justify 90 for 4

35.1

Botha to Deonarine, no run, angled into the pads, hits him in the pad

35.2

Botha to Deonarine, 1 run, this time worked away peacefully off the pads for one

35.3

Botha to Bravo, no run, tossed up teasingly well outside off, Bravo is about to defend it and then realises he need not do anything with it

35.4

Botha to Bravo, no run, stays on the back foot and pushes this to cover

35.5

Botha to Bravo, no run, stretches forward and across wide of off to defend this to cover

Errol: "Botha is getting great bounce and turn from this track. WI spinners are taller are spins the ball much more and if you use the first test in TT [SA 5 for about 100] as an example them SA can find themselves in a corner"

35.6

Botha to Bravo, 1 run, pushes this wide of cover and rushes through for one

End of over 36 (2 runs) West Indies 101/4
DJ Bravo    5* (14b 1x4)      J Botha    10-2-17-2
N Deonarine    46* (104b 7x4)      M Morkel    9-2-45-1

36.1

Morkel to Bravo, no run, back of a length, defended to cover

36.2

Morkel to Bravo, 2 runs, slightly fuller, outside off, push-drives it, there is no mid-off, they come back for two

36.3

Morkel to Bravo, no run, short, into the body, he evades this one

round the wicket goes Morkel

36.4

Morkel to Bravo, no run, fuller, just outside off, pushed, but can't get past it the straightish extra cover

36.5

Morkel to Bravo, 1 run, shorter, pushed wide of point for one

36.6

Morkel to Deonarine, no run, full, just outside off, doesn't make a good connection, and ends up playing it back to Morkel

End of over 37 (3 runs) West Indies 104/4
N Deonarine    46* (105b 7x4)      M Morkel    10-2-48-1
DJ Bravo    8* (19b 1x4)      J Botha    10-2-17-2

37.1

Botha to Bravo, no run, keeps it outside off, Bravo defends off the back foot

37.2

Botha to Bravo, no run, flighted, flicked away with the turn, Petersen dives at midwicket to save one run

37.3

Botha to Bravo, no run, flicked on the walk again, this time back to the bowler

37.4

Botha to Bravo, no run, slower through the air, slight extra bounce, Bravo manages to keep it down

37.5

Botha to Bravo, 1 run, too full, this time he gets a single through a flick to long-on - why would he have a long-on at 100 for 4, though?

37.6

Botha to Deonarine, OUT, awful batting from Deonarine, he has been asking to de dismissed since lunch. Just like in St Kitts, he has come out swinging since lunch, and this time chooses to pull a delivery that is not quite short enough. he misses it, and the ball kisses the outside of the off stump

N Deonarine b Botha 46 (106b 7x4 0x6) SR: 43.39

Deonarine was 28 off 86 at lunch; since then he has been hitting at almost everything, scoring 18 off 20. Straight from first gear to fifth. Not advisable

End of over 38 (1 run) West Indies 105/5
     J Botha    11-2-18-3
DJ Bravo    9* (24b 1x4)      M Morkel    10-2-48-1

Ramdin is the new man, but Bravo is on strike. Steyn comes back too

38.1

Steyn to Bravo, 3 runs, punched down the ground, lovely timing, timed well enough for them to rush back for three

Ramdin to face for the first time

38.2

Steyn to Ramdin, no run, back of a length, around off, defended

Upender: "What Paul Harris didn't do in St Kitts Johan Botha is doing here in Barbados." To be fair to Harris, this is a much better track than St Kitts. Much more life in here

38.3

Steyn to Ramdin, no run, defended outside off

38.4

Steyn to Ramdin, 1 wide, wided for height

Errol is not happy with how Gayle and Deonarine got out. And who can blame him? he writes, "Deonarine and Gayle needs to have their head examine. They fail to realise that this is a TEST repeat TEST match and not a 20/20 exhibition"

38.4

Steyn to Ramdin, no run, defended to point

38.5

Steyn to Ramdin, no run, down the leg side, bounces in front of Boucher, who does well to not concede any bye

38.6

Steyn to Ramdin, no run, full and swinging away, but far too wide to interest Ramdin

End of over 39 (4 runs) West Indies 109/5
D Ramdin    0* (5b)      DW Steyn    6-2-20-1
DJ Bravo    12* (25b 1x4)      J Botha    11-2-18-3

silly mid-on comes in

39.1

Botha to Bravo, no run, plays inside the line of it, it turned a bit, but he expected it to turn much more

39.2

Botha to Bravo, 1 run, full, flicked down to long-on for one

39.3

Botha to Ramdin, no run, Bravo and Botha in a tangle as Ramdin hits this to bowler's right. No ugly scenes

39.4

Botha to Ramdin, 1 run, helps it around the corner for one

39.5

Botha to Bravo, 1 run, straighter one outside off, pushed wide of cover for one

Rehan: "If you want to be fair, then you have to remember that Harris can't 'turn a doorknob'." Slightly harsh? Just saying.

39.6

Botha to Ramdin, no run, flighted around off, played back to the bowler

End of over 40 (3 runs) West Indies 112/5
D Ramdin    1* (8b)      J Botha    12-2-21-3
DJ Bravo    14* (28b 1x4)      DW Steyn    6-2-20-1

Andy: "With his poor recent form, I think Ramdin is batting to save his place." I would think he should have been doing that in the previous Test

40.1

Steyn to Bravo, no run, defended towards point

40.2

Steyn to Bravo, no run, he has got him in the shoulder here! Taking his eyes off a short one, and is hit flush over the forearm. Brave man to not show pain

40.3

Steyn to Bravo, no run, back of a length, into the ribs, defended

40.4

Steyn to Bravo, no run, another bouncer, sways out of the line, but again takes his eyes off it

40.5

Steyn to Bravo, no run, fuller, catches him on the back foot, but Bravo keeps it down towards short leg

40.6

Steyn to Bravo, 1 leg bye, into the ribs again, goes uppishly off the thigh pad for a leg-bye, and time for a water break

End of over 41 (1 run, maiden) West Indies 113/5
DJ Bravo    14* (34b 1x4)      DW Steyn    7-3-20-1
D Ramdin    1* (8b)      J Botha    12-2-21-3

Tim Huguenin: "These two have a combined average of 55. Windies need a lot more than that from them" Considering the form they are in, they will happy to get 55 between them. Harris replaces Botha, and he is bowling round the wicket!

41.1

Harris to Bravo, 3 leg byes, angled down the leg side, no turn there, and they get three leg-byes

A slip, a silly point, a short leg

41.2

Harris to Ramdin, no run, flat again, pushed back to the bowler

41.3

Harris to Ramdin, no run, another forward defensive

41.4

Harris to Ramdin, no run, played back to the bowler, not much turn and bounce

41.5

Harris to Ramdin, no run, flatter, goes back to cut but it isn't quite that short, but he manages to play it to cover

41.6

Harris to Ramdin, no run, looks to work it to short fine, but Amla moves well at short leg and fields it on the bounce

End of over 42 (3 runs, maiden) West Indies 116/5
D Ramdin    1* (13b)      PL Harris    8-3-10-0
DJ Bravo    14* (35b 1x4)      DW Steyn    7-3-20-1

Alexandria: "I think if Botha gets a 5for Harris may lose his test place"

42.1

Steyn to Bravo, 1 run, short, into the ribs, worked away for one

42.2

Steyn to Ramdin, 1 run, short, outside off, gets on top of the bounce and takes a single to third man

42.3

Steyn to Bravo, no run, short outside off, and it tennis-ball-bounces, and lands in front of Boucher

42.4

Steyn to Bravo, no run, this is nice, into the body, Bravo has to play bat it, he hops and then keeps it down

42.5

Steyn to Bravo, no run, short, down the leg side, but kicks off, and Bravo does well to stay under it

David Townsend: "Enjoying the commentary but it's a bit hard to visualise this shot: 40.6 Steyn to Bravo "into the ribs again, goes uppishly off the thigh pad"!" Ahh you pedantic hairsplitters. What I meant was, it was aimed towards the ribs, he played it on the hop, and was hit on the thigh. Had he stood his ground, it wouldn't have been pretty. Thanks for pointing out, though

42.6

Steyn to Bravo, no run, short again, and sharp again, but down the leg side again

End of over 43 (2 runs) West Indies 118/5
DJ Bravo    15* (40b 1x4)      DW Steyn    8-3-22-1
D Ramdin    2* (14b)      PL Harris    8-3-10-0

43.1

Harris to Ramdin, no run, flat, into the leg stump, pushed to mid-on off the back foot

43.2

Harris to Ramdin, no run, stays back to a fullish delivery, is hurried into playing it back to the bowler

43.3

Harris to Ramdin, no run, into the pads again, defended back to the bowler

43.4

Harris to Ramdin, FOUR, risky but well executed, cuts away a fullish delivery, but the good thing was he got width to free his arms, and gets four for it

43.5

Harris to Ramdin, no run, tossed up, into the pads again, easily defended

43.6

Harris to Ramdin, no run, inside edge onto the pad as he defends away from the body

End of over 44 (4 runs) West Indies 122/5
D Ramdin    6* (20b 1x4)      PL Harris    9-3-14-0
DJ Bravo    15* (40b 1x4)      DW Steyn    8-3-22-1

Josh: "How about we invent a new bowling style - well the category at least - for Harris? LSM (Left-arm, slow medium). Maybe we can even apply it retroactively to Ashley Giles." I remember once talking to Harris. And he said that this perception of his being "rubbish" actually gets him wickets. He likes the false confidence in the batsmen

44.1

Steyn to Bravo, no run, played off the back foot towards midwicket

44.2

Steyn to Bravo, 1 run, back of a length, outside off, guides it past slips with soft hands

44.3

Steyn to Ramdin, no run, short, into the body, defended

44.4

Steyn to Ramdin, 2 runs, Bravo is halfway down the wicket when sent back. Prince comes in from point and hits the stumps direct, but he is in, and takes overthrows

44.5

Steyn to Ramdin, no run, ducks underneath a bouncer

44.6

Steyn to Ramdin, FOUR, fuller, drawing him forward, and Ramdin pushes at it away from his body, the thick edge flies past slips for four

Wayne: "why does ramdin have to play for his place...best keeper in WI.....confidence in him and he will come good. we know when WI goes for batting keepers what happens!"

End of over 45 (7 runs) West Indies 129/5
D Ramdin    12* (24b 2x4)      DW Steyn    9-3-29-1
DJ Bravo    16* (42b 1x4)      PL Harris    9-3-14-0

45.1

Harris to Bravo, no run, straighter one - not that there has been much turn - and has to stifle a straightforward lbw shout because of the tiny inside edge

45.2

Harris to Bravo, no run, this one goes down the leg side

45.3

Harris to Bravo, 2 runs, angled into the pads, and he gets a single off the inside edge

Jono: "Harris seems under pressure to perform here. Competition in the form of a spinner who actually spins, bats, fields well and has captained ODI team !! Go Botha."

45.4

Harris to Bravo, no run, into the pads again, played back to the bowler

that previous inside edge to fine leg has brought leg gully in

45.5

Harris to Bravo, no run, defended to short leg this time

45.6

Harris to Bravo, no run, slight dip this time, flicked to short midwicket

End of over 46 (2 runs) West Indies 131/5
DJ Bravo    18* (48b 1x4)      PL Harris    10-3-16-0
D Ramdin    12* (24b 2x4)      DW Steyn    9-3-29-1

Andy: "Harris may not be rubbish but he is the weak link that prevents a very good SA team from being great." Well, I have a feeling Smith likes the control he brings, which allows Steyn and Morkel to attack from the other end. Nagpur was a good example. Having said that, there is no doubt that Botha is a more attacking spinner. Talk of the devil, and Botha is there

46.1

Botha to Ramdin, no run, short, outside off, played back to the bowler

46.2

Botha to Ramdin, no run, and Ramdin cuts from in front of off, and against the turn, one bounce to cover - fascinating how much he loves to cut

46.3

Botha to Ramdin, no run, pushes this off the back foot to mid-off

Jay: "Nice to see comments backing up the general perception here in SA. Botha, minus his most potent delivery, is still more dangerous than Harris with his entirely (adminttedly limited) arsenal. Imagine what Botha will be like if he manages to legalise his doosra."

46.4

Botha to Ramdin, FOUR, and he cuts away a fullish delivery from just outside off, and he has had to make some room for this

46.5

Botha to Ramdin, no run, fuller this time, toppie, hurrying onto him

46.6

Botha to Ramdin, no run, another cut, finds point this time

End of over 47 (4 runs) West Indies 135/5
D Ramdin    16* (30b 3x4)      J Botha    13-2-25-3
DJ Bravo    18* (48b 1x4)      PL Harris    10-3-16-0

Errol hasn't cooled down yet: "After playing a shot in cup cricket back home you wil hear chants 'Bat on', attacking shot 'Bat on', defences shot 'Bat on' I wonder if Gayle or Deonarine have ever heard those words 'Just BAT ON'" Grab a bear mate. Kallis, meanwhile, comes back

47.1

Kallis to Bravo, no run, back of a length, outside off, defended, perhaps he didn't need to play at this, he was outside the line of off at the time of connection

47.2

Kallis to Bravo, no run, slightly fuller, closer to off, patted back

47.3

Kallis to Bravo, no run, short outside off, defended

47.4

Kallis to Bravo, no run, offcutter, kicks at him too, Bravo gets the bottom hand off as he defends

47.5

Kallis to Bravo, no run, pushed to mid-on

47.6

Kallis to Bravo, 1 run, shortish, worked into the leg side from outside off

End of over 48 (1 run) West Indies 136/5
DJ Bravo    19* (54b 1x4)      JH Kallis    6-1-9-0
D Ramdin    16* (30b 3x4)      J Botha    13-2-25-3

Luke: "not sure who's commentating but nice to see someone have something good to say about harris. means i don't have to this game. After defending his selection in the last game i have to say I am glad that Botha has been brouught in for a look at at test level. Personally, I'm still a long way from backing his dropping but if Botha makes his case strongly and there comes a point which there will) when only one slow bowler is required...well, ... amen"

48.1

Harris to Bravo, 1 run, poor shot, he looks to loft Harris down the ground with a long-on in place! Luckily for Bravo he didn't time it, and it fell short

Alexandria: "I personally do not think defensive bowling is the spinners job in test cricket spinners and express bowlers are the penetrators. Medium pacers are the defensive bowlers"

48.2

Harris to Ramdin, no run, defended off the front foot

48.3

Harris to Ramdin, 1 run, turn for Harris! gets a thick outside edge past slip, along the ground

Jono: "Re Harris, I guess it is the difference of an attacking spinner who will go for runs but should contribute significantly with wickets -or- a holding spinner who ties up an end and allows the quicks to rotate and destroy opposition. I prefer the concept of the latter but clearly this pitch hasa been set up to turn alot. Hence perhaps Botha's impact. Elsewhere maybe Harris contains well?"

48.4

Harris to Bravo, no run, stretches forward and defends

48.5

Harris to Bravo, no run, into the pads again, and played back to the bowler

forward short leg goes straighter

48.6

Harris to Bravo, no run, defended back to the bowler

End of over 49 (2 runs) West Indies 138/5
DJ Bravo    20* (58b 1x4)      PL Harris    11-3-18-0
D Ramdin    17* (32b 3x4)      JH Kallis    6-1-9-0

Mike Knight takes the debate towards Ramdin. He says, "Ramdin is pure rubbish! quit harping on him being the best catcher in WI. He is no where the class of Baugh and surely cannot bat as well as Baugh. Waiting for WI selectors to state why he has not been chosen for this series. Even Ray Charles could see that Ramdin is not test material. And talking of changing Gayle as skipper, I wonder what would SA do without their top players, Steyn, Peterson, Botha and Morkel in the same match. I think he is doing the best he can with what he has and is openly complaining. Lets get with it fellas, SA is playing a wounded WI team!!!" Botha gets a change of ends

49.1

Botha to Ramdin, no run, shortish, hit back to the bowler

49.2

Botha to Ramdin, no run, stays back to a fullish delivery and defends

I quite like what Gyanendra says: "I think as of now sa should play both botha and harris. Because the bowler botha replaced(tsotobe) neither had too much control nor could he take too many wickets. Although ideally I would want parnell to play alongside steyn,morkel and botha." Botha over Tsotsobe for me

49.3

Botha to Ramdin, no run, stays back and defends again

49.4

Botha to Ramdin, no run, another defensive shot off the back foot

49.5

Botha to Ramdin, 1 run, too short, and easily punched down to long-on for one

Josh adds one more spinner to the fray: "Expanding more on the Harris issue, could he soon find himself as third choice for spin - behind Botha and a certain Imran Tahir? I can also see Tsotsobe being put out to pasture once Vernon Philander starts to further his reputation. Hasn't quite clicked for him." Isn't Imran Tahir the one who was selected even before he has qualified as a South African? Or am I wrong?

49.6

Botha to Bravo, 1 run, flicked away off the pads

End of over 50 (2 runs) West Indies 140/5
DJ Bravo    21* (59b 1x4)      J Botha    14-2-27-3
D Ramdin    18* (37b 3x4)      PL Harris    11-3-18-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
Series Results
West Indies v South Africa at Bridgetown - Jun 26-29, 2010
South Africa won by 7 wickets
West Indies v South Africa at Basseterre - Jun 18-22, 2010
Match drawn
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South Africa won by 163 runs
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Jacques Kallis ducks a bouncer from Kemar Roach, West Indies v South Africa, 3rd Test, Barbados, 4th day, June 29, 2010

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Jacques Kallis gestures to Kemar Roach, West Indies v South Africa, 3rd Test, Barbados, 4th day, June 29, 2010

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