Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

619dFirdose Moonda at Newlands

Amla enjoying captaincy learning curve

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

619dFirdose Moonda in Cape Town

WI left exposed by Chanderpaul failure

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

Day 4

619dReport by David Hopps

Victory keeps South Africa as No. 1

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

619dThe Report by David Hopps

Harmer, Steyn blow West Indies away

South Africa were left needing 124 to win the third Test in Newlands and take the series 2-0 after a monumental West Indies collapse on the fourth day

619dFirdose Moonda in Cape Town

A long day of lost potential for West Indies

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

619dFirdose Moonda in Cape Town

Samuels played an awful shot - Williams

For some, it is about the one that got away. For Stuart Williams, it is about the one moment that did: Marlon Samuels' dismissal

Day 3

619dFirdose Moonda in Cape Town

De Villiers takes charge with controlled ton

When he could go after the bowlers at Newlands, AB de Villiers did; when he had to rein it in a bit, he did that too, and that was enough to push South Africa ahead in the game

Day 2

619dThe Report by David Hopps

Petersen SA only worry on languid day

It was a languid day at Newlands. A decent crowd lolled contentedly for much of the time under blue skies and confidently awaited a position of South African dominance: if not today, maybe tomorrow

619dBishen Jeswant

Petersen's conversion woes

Stats highlights from the second day of the third Test between South Africa and West Indies in Cape Town

Day 1

619dThe Report by David Hopps

Harmer, Steyn benefit from wasteful WI

West Indies' end-of-day score looks solid enough, but it was another missed opportunity for them as wickets were gifted to South Africa. Debutant offspinner Simon Harmer finished with three

619dFirdose Moonda in Cape Town

West Indies rue batting lapses

West Indies batted out 90 overs for the first time in the three-Test series against South Africa and while Leon Johnson said that was a good sign, he rued the lapses in concentration that cost the side six wickets

619dFirdose Moonda in Cape Town

Harmer shows his class

By keeping the T20 celebration in the locker and doing an excellent job for his side, Simon Harmer showed South Africa he could be the spinner they are looking for

Others

619dFirdose Moonda at Newlands

South Africa's quest for a spin solution

South Africa have moved on from major retirements with remarkable ease in the batting department, but finding a long-term solution to the spin position continues to prove much harder

619dFirdose Moonda at Newlands

New Year, same battle for West Indies

A New Year brings a new outlook, thoughts of starting afresh, but Denesh Ramdin hopes to see West Indies start 2015 with the fight they finished 2014

Almost winless

1-47

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

Almost unbeatable

17-0

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

Elgar at Newlands

74

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

lasts long, really long

5

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

Seven in a single blow

7

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

Four 40+ Stands

2

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

Run drought

10

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

Respectable

329

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

Starts, but stopped

5

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

Keeper making fifty

2

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

It's Simple for Simon

4

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