228dThe Bulletin by Kanishkaa Balachandran

Smith ton puts SA in early command

It all went to prediction after South Africa won the toss on a road of a pitch at Warner Park. The top order capitalised on excellent batting conditions and a tepid display in the field to set a platform for a massive first-innings score

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

S Chanderpaul
166(357) 10x4 - 1x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 45 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
8 5 35 36 37 16 3 26
AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers
135(168) 13x4 - 6x6
Control %97%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 35 runs
  • 1x4 - 4x6
1 8 21 12 23 9 39 22

Best performances - Bowlers

M Morkel
M Morkel
O34.1
M9
R116
W4
Eco3.39
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
S Shillingford
O52
M4
R193
W3
Eco3.71
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

END OF OVER:
94 | 1 Run | SA: 235/3

  • AB de Villiers31 (130b)
  • Jacques Kallis62 (128b)
  • Brendan Nash9-4-12-0
  • Travis Dowlin1-0-3-0

Test Match ends. Quite an awful pitch this. There is no chance of a result on this. Ever. South Africa have declared and the teams have agreed to call it off. South Africa lead the series 1-0. Please hang on for the quotes from the post-match ceremony.

SMith : "The wicket was pretty placid. Hard toil for the bowlers. Hopefully we can have a good five days in Barbados. This wasn't an exciting surface to play Test cricket on. hopefully Barbados will have some thing more in it. Our tactics yesterday was .. we being 1-0 up it was up to West Indies to make the play . They didn't. Kallis has one of the most valuable players to have ever played the game. It's incredible what he has been able to achieve. And Boucher 500 dismissals. They are two great stalwarts of South African cricket."

Gayle: "I am very happy. Our batting was struggling. To get 500 runs was a commendable performance. Shiv.. Nash ... Credit must also go to the bowlers who tried to create some opportunities here. As for yesterday, I am satisfied. If you look at their plan, the left-armer was bowling well outside leg stump. Ravi Rampaul won't be with us for the next Test. He has a side strain. We have to get some runs on board and then give it to the bowlers."

Man of the Match is Chanderpaul: "Obviously happy to get some. was struggling in the last few Tests. There weren't self-doubts. I have been getting starts; i haven't been able to carry on. I am glad I did it here. It's always difiicult when you have an attack like South Africa. Morne can get good bounce, Steyn bowls well. you always have to be on the look out. Yesterday morning, they came hard at us. We needed to make sure we batted well and they couldn't come back."

That's it from us. Thanks for logging on. See you at the next Test. Now where is that beer ...

93.6
0
Nash to de Villiers, no run, full and outside off, left alone
93.5
1
Nash to Kallis, 1 run, on the middle stump line, tickled around to fine-leg region
93.4
0
Nash to Kallis, no run, full delivery outside off, driven to covers
93.3
0
Nash to Kallis, no run, short in length around off, punched to mid-off
93.2
0
Nash to Kallis, no run, leans forward to defend to covers
93.1
0
Nash to Kallis, no run, full delivery around off, driven to mid-off
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South Africa 3rd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st74GC SmithAN Petersen
2nd57HM AmlaAN Petersen
3rd0JH KallisAN Petersen
4th104JH KallisAB de Villiers