74.1 that is Peters' maiden Test wicket, he has looked harmless with his pace but has stuck to his lines, Elgar did not need to play at this length ball, but went reaching for it, and it moved away slightly to take a thin edge behind, big partnership broken with under six overs to go for the second new ball 226/2
    11.5 what a way to get yourself out, this is short, wide and climbing too much, so much that Petersen has to jump to be able to reach it with a near vertical bat, he ends up hitting it high over cover and the fielder runs back to take it 47/1
    88.2 big appeal for caught behind! Given not out and we have a review. Ramdin called for it very quickly. I think there might be an edge here. Lovely delivery, pitches just outside off stump and shapes away from du Plessis. There's a small click as it goes past the edge. We don't have Hot Spot in this series. But we do have Snicko, which shows a spike as the ball passes the edge. And that's enough evidence to overturn Reiffel's decision. What a start to the second day. All action. Delight to dejection for du Plessis. Just what West Indies needed 274/3
    97.1 and he's gone! Will Amla review? Was a length delivery which nipped back, takes him fairly high on the pad and Bowden's finger goes up. Stuck him just above the roll. There was a discussion between Amla and AB, it appeared AB suggested it might be worth a look but Amla then walks off. Maybe ran out of time. Nicely bowled by Holder. 300/4
    98.2 what a ball! That's a beauty! Full, late swing, de Villiers aiming to whip it to the leg side, the ball swings past the outside edge and knocks back the off stump. Great sight for Taylor. What a gem. As Michael Holding says on TV, that's like the deliveries he bowled against England in Jamaica in 2009 304/5
    108.4 this time he's gone! Brutish delivery. Short and climbs on Bavuma outside off, rears up and grazes the glove as he can't get out of the line. Superb bowling. They check for the no-ball, but he's fine. 325/6
    113.6 and the aggression proves his downfall. Sees another full ball outside off, goes after it with another drive, not much footwork, reaching for the ball and gets an edge to the keeper. Falling in the cause, van Zyl, but that may adjust South Africa's plans again 348/7
    not out
    121.6 this time he's gone...he only had one thought, tried to clear long on but gets too far underneath it and gives Holder time to steady himself under the catch. 417/8
    23 (b 4, lb 5, nb 8, w 6)
    417/8d (122 Overs, RR: 3.41, 562 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-47 (Alviro Petersen, 11.5 ov), 2-226 (Dean Elgar, 74.1 ov), 3-274 (Faf du Plessis, 88.2 ov), 4-300 (Hashim Amla, 97.1 ov), 5-304 (AB de Villiers, 98.2 ov), 6-325 (Temba Bavuma, 108.4 ov), 7-348 (Stiaan van Zyl, 113.6 ov), 8-417 (Dale Steyn, 121.6 ov)
    JE Taylor30711423.8022
    KK Peters2076923.4500
    JO Holder2274311.9501
    ST Gabriel2108023.8004
    SJ Benn28410213.6401
    MN Samuels11000.0000
    65.3 and another! An opening for South Africa? One brings two, both century-makers back in the hutch as Brathwaite drives at a delivery that wasn't full enough for the shot and he gets a healthy edge to second slip who takes it at knee height 233/4
    16.5 gone! Morkel rewarded. Although it needed a juggle. Pitches this full outside off, Smith is late coming forward, his front foot isn't stable, gets a healthy outside edge which flies to first slip. Amla can't take it on the first grab, but keeps his cool and holds the rebound. 55/1
    16.6 first ball! Pretty poor from Johnson. It's a very full ball outside off, Johnson reaches out for it and gets a fat edge towards third slip where it's neatly held 55/2
    64.6 he's gone! But Samuels calls for the review. No-ball is fine, it was a full delivery which he played across. Heading leg-side, but it's been given on the field. Tailed back into Samuels. Just clipping leg stump, so he's a goner. South Africa have their breakthrough at last. 231/3
    74.3 and another! How things can change. Tahir has two in three balls. Was a short delivery, Chanderpaul went to defend on the back foot. Played with soft hands, another googly, and the ball drops down by his feet then spins back between his legs to dribble into the stumps. It will just say 'bowled' in the book. 261/6
    74.1 he's got one! Something for Tahir. Ramdin called for the review. Was a full googly, spins back to beat the inside edge. So no bat. Has it done too much and will miss leg stump? Ramdin got a decent stride in. The decision stands, the ball taking the top of leg stump. Not plumb, but out enough as it was given by Reiffel. The wrong 'un brings him a wicket 260/5
    75.1 they are falling quickly now! A length ball outside off, Holder neither forward or back and gets a thin outside edge to de Villiers. Regulation stuff. 265/7
    not out
    76.6 he's got three now! Benn couldn't hold back. Another googly, the left hander went for a big slog and got an outside edge which looped nicely to slip. Pretty poor batting, really. Didn't seem to want to try and hang around 270/8
    78.6 another gift for South Africa! Taylor nudged into the leg side, wanted the single to retain the strike but the pick-up from Steyn at midwicket was clean and quick, de Villiers gathers at the stumps and he's short by a metre. Peters veered off the straight as that throw came in, which cost him vital distance 275/9
    4 (lb 4)
    275/9 (79 Overs, RR: 3.48, 349 minutes)
    Did not bat: ST Gabriel
    Fall of wickets: 1-55 (Devon Smith, 16.5 ov), 2-55 (Leon Johnson, 16.6 ov), 3-231 (Marlon Samuels, 64.6 ov), 4-233 (Kraigg Brathwaite, 65.3 ov), 5-260 (Denesh Ramdin, 74.1 ov), 6-261 (Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 74.3 ov), 7-265 (Jason Holder, 75.1 ov), 8-270 (Sulieman Benn, 76.6 ov), 9-275 (Kenroy Peters, 78.6 ov)
    DW Steyn1434803.4200
    VD Philander1844112.2700
    M Morkel2026943.4500
    Imran Tahir26210834.1500
    D Elgar10505.0000

Match Details


West Indies , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

South Africa led the 3-match series 1-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

10.00am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30

Match days

26,27,28,29,30 December 2014 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Close of Play

  • Fri, 26 Dec - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 270/2 (F du Plessis 99*, HM Amla 17*, 88 ov)
  • Sat, 27 Dec - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 289/3 (HM Amla 23*, AB de Villiers 9*, 94 ov)
  • Sun, 28 Dec - day 3 - West Indies 1st innings 147/2 (KC Brathwaite 65*, MN Samuels 60*, 44 ov)
  • Mon, 29 Dec - day 4 - West Indies 1st innings 275/9 (JE Taylor 10*, 79 ov)
  • Tue, 30 Dec - day 5 - no play

Match Notes

  • Test drawn after fifth-day washout

    A waterlogged outfield and persistent rain ruled out any chance of play on the fifth day of the Port Elizabeth Test, which ended in a draw with only 201 overs having been possible over five days

  • South Africa brush off West Indies' gains

    With barely 200 overs bowled in the Test, both teams were left to assess their own performances with each deciding they had plenty to be pleased about

  • Gritty Brathwaite passes stern test

    Only 16 matches into his Test career, Kraigg Brathwaite negotiated the conditions in Port Elizabeth, South Africa's bowling attack and the clouds with class and composure

  • 'We can still win' - Morkel

    Morne Morkel said that if South Africa batted quickly on the final morning, it would be difficult for West Indies to survive 50-60 overs

  • West Indies collapse after big stand

    Centuries from Kraigg Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels steered West Indies past the follow-on mark before a familiar collapse revived the possibility, albeit slight, of a South Africa win

Nervous 40s?


Number of deliveries it took Dean Elgar to get to his fifty from the 40s. He had only 4 scoring shots in those 34 balls.



Number of century partnerships in Tests between Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis. Elgar doesn't have hundred stands with any other player in Tests

Most favoured venue


Percentage of his total Test runs that Dean Elgar has made at Port Elizabeth - 323 out of 685

Elgar in elite company


Number of South African openers who've made Test centuries in Port Elizabeth - Elgar, Herschelle Gibbs and Barry Richards

St. Faf's Park


Number of first-innings centuries by Faf du Plessis. Both have come at Port Elizabeth. He now averages 79.75 at the venue.



Balls taken by Dale Steyn for his fifty - the joint-fourth fastest in Tests and the second fastest for South Africa

Opening stat


Number of fifty-plus opening partnerships by West Indies in 2014 - the most by any team

Brathwaite's 2014


Fifty-plus scores for Kraigg Brathwaite in 2014 - the most by a West Indies opener in the last five calendar years.

Twin Tons


Instances of two West Indians making hundreds in the same inns in South Africa (Durban, Cape Town, Centurion and Port Elizabeth)

A Third Wicket Record


The partnership between Samuels and Brathwaite, the highest third wicket partnership for West Indies against South Africa

Historic Stand


Years since an overseas pair shared a higher partnership in Port Elizabeth than the 176 runs posted by Samuels and Brathwaite

Sweet, but Sour


Number of times that a team has been bowled out for less than 300 after two batsmen have posted centuries