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3rd Test, Cape Town, January 02 - 06, 2015, West Indies tour of South Africa
329 & 215
(T:124) 421 & 124/2

South Africa won by 8 wickets

Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
342 runs
West Indies 1st Innings
South Africa 1st Innings
West Indies 2nd Innings
South Africa 2nd Innings
Match Flow
West Indies 1st Innings 
c Elgar b Steyn735581020.00
b Harmer47861198054.65
lbw b Harmer54841099064.28
c du Plessis b van Zyl43701066061.42
st †de Villiers b Harmer948721018.75
lbw b Steyn561131686049.55
c & b Steyn531031136051.45
c van Zyl b Steyn2334524067.64
c Steyn b Morkel13121710108.33
c Bavuma b Morkel511191045.45
not out 45151080.00
Extras(lb 5, nb 2, w 8)15
TOTAL99.5 Ov (RR: 3.29, 424 Mins)329
Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Kraigg Brathwaite, 13.2 ov), 2-80 (Devon Smith, 26.6 ov), 3-131 (Leon Johnson, 38.3 ov), 4-162 (Marlon Samuels, 51.1 ov), 5-172 (Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 56.1 ov), 6-266 (Denesh Ramdin, 85.2 ov), 7-299 (Jermaine Blackwood, 94.1 ov), 8-316 (Jason Holder, 96.3 ov), 9-319 (Jerome Taylor, 97.1 ov), 10-329 (Sulieman Benn, 99.5 ov)
13.2 to KC Brathwaite, there's the breakthrough! Will that fire Steyn up? Back of a length outside off, Brathwaite pushes hard at it off the back foot and the thick edge flies low to gully who takes a smart catch. He's been keen to feel bat on ball all morning.. 30/1
85.2 to D Ramdin, there's the breakthrough! Steyn's the man, late in the day. It's a full, straight delivery. Ramdin is early on the shot, perhaps aiming too much leg side, the ball straightened a touch on him and lobs a catch back to Steyn. 266/6
94.1 to J Blackwood, he's struck! Look pretty straight first up. Full, on the stumps, Blackwood falling across slightly. He calls for the review but more out of hope than expectation, I think. Unless he's hit it. Which he hasn't. Smashing leg stump full on. Three reds. Another West Indies batsman falls between 43 and, now, 56.. 299/7
96.3 to JO Holder, he's given it away, poor stroke! Short of a length, lures him into a pull, he's nowhere near in control and it just goes straight up in the air and lands safely in the hands of mid-on. 316/8
97.1 to JE Taylor, and strikes first ball! Another cross-batted hoick, a short-of-a-length delivery and Taylor plays something crossed between a pull and hook, gets it off the top part of the bat and it flies down to long leg who judges the catch very well. 319/9
99.5 to SJ Benn, and that's that...the full delivery does the job, Benn's weight on the back foot as he goes for the drive and he lobs a catch which carries low to mid-off. Neatly held, coming forward, by Bavuma. Morkel earns some reward.. 329/10
26.6 to DS Smith, done him! A maiden Test wicket. Last ball before lunch. It was a touch shorter, he went back to cut but it was too close to off stump and it slides under the bottom edge to take the bails. After all that hard work he's given it away. A bit of a brain fade from Smith. Offspin does for him again. Joy for Harmer.. 80/2
38.3 to LR Johnson, wider on the crease, flatter ball that skids on and plumb lbw! Johnson caught on the crease and falls, deceived by the angle and perhaps a change of pace, it was slight quicker and skidded past the inside edge into the front pad low down and would have taken out middle and leg no doubt about it, umpire's finger was up almost before Harmer could turn around. 131/3
56.1 to S Chanderpaul, full down the leg side, Chanderpaul falls over it and is smartly stumped! Another for Harmer and a big breakthrough. Chanderpaul totally overbalancing trying to flick this into the leg side and de Villiers took it well before whipping off the bails, no needed for the third umpire. 172/5
51.1 to MN Samuels, first ball! Would you believe it?! Well, I guess you would with the way Samuels sometimes bats. It was a floaty, wide delivery, Samuels couldn't resist and reached out for the drive but couldn't keep the ball down and found cover. A first Test wicket for van Zyl, the second of the day. 162/4
South Africa 1st Innings 
run out (Blackwood)42851303149.41
lbw b Holder830581026.66
st †Ramdin b Benn681221508055.73
c †Ramdin b Holder631501897042.00
c Gabriel b Samuels14819432315176.28
b Gabriel1541532036.58
lbw b Samuels3363913052.38
run out (Holder/Benn)078000.00
lbw b Taylor1048372020.83
run out (Johnson)016000.00
not out 45110080.00
Extras(lb 7, nb 10, w 13)30
TOTAL122.4 Ov (RR: 3.43, 521 Mins)421
Fall of wickets: 1-48 (Dean Elgar, 11.5 ov), 2-104 (Alviro Petersen, 27.1 ov), 3-157 (Faf du Plessis, 49.1 ov), 4-254 (Hashim Amla, 75.1 ov), 5-288 (Temba Bavuma, 86.5 ov), 6-384 (Stiaan van Zyl, 108.2 ov), 7-385 (Vernon Philander, 109.4 ov), 8-404 (Simon Harmer, 119.5 ov), 9-408 (Dale Steyn, 120.4 ov), 10-421 (AB de Villiers, 122.4 ov)
119.5 to SR Harmer, finger went up very quickly and this time there's no review. Playing across the line of a length delivery, it didn't do much. Struck him fairly high and that would have gone over the stumps! So South Africa have missed that. Reiffel the umpire, for those keeping notes. 404/8
86.5 to T Bavuma, done it! The probing line pays off. Full outside off, Bavuma wasn't sure whether to play and leave and in the end deflects the ball into his stumps as he tries to withdraw the bat. 288/5
11.5 to D Elgar, close, and given! What a moment to break through, if it stands. And Elgar declines the review. Holder straightened his line, much closer to off stump, continued in with the angle and Elgar had come right across his stumps and gets hit in front of middle and off. Yep, that was smashing middle about two-thirds up.. 48/1
75.1 to HM Amla, and it's worked! Change of ball does the trick, and the short delay in play. Lovely delivery, pitched around off stump just short of a length, straightens off the seam and Amla gets a healthy outside edge to the keeper.. 254/4
108.2 to S van Zyl, well, he's made the breakthrough! That's why he's bowling, although van Zyl has used a review again. Was trapped on the back foot as the ball went straight on, but has stuck him high on the back leg. Not far for the ball to travel. No inside edge. It's shaving the bails, so the decision will stand. The strike bowler has struck.. 384/6
122.4 to AB de Villiers, down the pitch, but it hasn't got the legs...tried to clear long on, got too far underneath the ball and found more height than distance. Long on steadies under the ball, although it popped out on the first grab but it fell down by his chest and he kept his cool. 421/10
49.1 to F du Plessis, floated up well outside off, du Plessis charges after it, misses completely and is comprehensively stumped. That's a touch silly from Faf. Benn tossed it a fraction wider when he sensed the batsman coming at him but du Plessis still played a nasty hack at it, missed by a long distance and was a good half-yard out of his ground when Ramdin took the ball and whipped off the bails. 157/3
West Indies 2nd Innings 
b Harmer1645641035.55
c †de Villiers b Morkel736501019.44
c Amla b Morkel44761126057.89
c Elgar b Harmer741502259249.33
run out (Bavuma)501132035044.24
b Steyn1326352050.00
c Harmer b Steyn015000.00
c Amla b Harmer216160012.50
c Elgar b Harmer023000.00
c †de Villiers b Steyn045000.00
not out 21090020.00
Extras(b 4, lb 3)7
TOTAL79.5 Ov (RR: 2.69, 355 Mins)215
Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Devon Smith, 10.6 ov), 2-27 (Kraigg Brathwaite, 13.5 ov), 3-95 (Leon Johnson, 36.5 ov), 4-182 (Marlon Samuels, 64.5 ov), 5-202 (Jermaine Blackwood, 71.6 ov), 6-204 (Denesh Ramdin, 73.1 ov), 7-213 (Jason Holder, 76.3 ov), 8-213 (Jerome Taylor, 76.5 ov), 9-213 (Sulieman Benn, 77.4 ov), 10-215 (Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 79.5 ov)
71.6 to J Blackwood, full delivery, shapes away a little and bowled him! Steyn strikes with a lovely ball, angled in before seaming away a little and takes out middle and off stumps. Blackwood playing across it a little trying to go with the angle but when it straightened he was done for. 202/5
73.1 to D Ramdin, and another! He's on fire. Yes, South Africa sense the moment. Wasn't his best ball, was swinging into the pads but Ramdin couldn't keep it down and it's well caught by van Zyl coming forward just in front of square leg. 204/6
77.4 to SJ Benn, that's the edge! Only a matter of time. Prodding outside off at a full ball without any footwork and a thin nick is found. 213/9
10.6 to DS Smith, the breakthrough for South Africa, and it's Morkel! Not his best ball, but it won't matter to him in the slightest. This angles into the pads, Smith plays at it, trying to turn the ball into the leg side, and it appears to glance the glove through to de Villiers who takes a good catch low to his right. 23/1
36.5 to LR Johnson, tad shorter, leaves the left-hander who follows it and nicks it to slip! Bounced a little and took the edge of the splice of the bat for a simple catch to Amla at first slip. On reflection, Johnson will think he should have left it but it was a tricky line and he tried to just knock it down on the off side but the bounce did for him. 95/3
13.5 to KC Brathwaite, what a gem! Brilliant start by Harmer. Top-class spin bowling. This one spins back from spins back from outside off but still beats Brathwaite on the outside edge to take off stump. Playing off the back foot and he was in a poor position. 27/2
64.5 to MN Samuels, down again, lifts it down the ground but finds mid-on! The pressure was really on, 28 balls for just four for Samuels and he's cracked, trying to go big down the ground, didn't get the elevation and is taken by mid-on running a few yards to his left. 182/4
76.3 to JO Holder, picks him out! He was close in the last over and this time clips a low catch to short midwicket. Lazy shot by someone who has shown some technique with the bat. Well bowled by Harmer who drew him in with a full delivery and Amla stood in exactly the right spot. 213/7
76.5 to JE Taylor, oh dear, oh dear! I'm afraid that's awful cricket from Taylor. He has Chanderpaul at the other end but decides to try and pick this up from outside off and slogs it down the throat of deep midwicket waiting for exactly that. 213/8
South Africa 2nd Innings (T: 124 runs)
not out 601031487158.25
b Benn0710000.00
c Blackwood b Benn1469772020.28
not out 3849626077.55
Extras(b 8, lb 2, nb 2)12
TOTAL37.4 Ov (RR: 3.29, 148 Mins)124/2
Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Alviro Petersen, 2.3 ov), 2-51 (Faf du Plessis, 22.5 ov)
2.3 to AN Petersen, done him! Something for West Indies to take with him. Petersen plays back again, the ball skids on and beats the inside edge to rattle the stumps.. 9/1
22.5 to F du Plessis, unplayable ball! This leaps off a good length, takes the shoulder of du Plessis' bat as he plays forward - which he was perfectly entitled to to that length, it loops over second slip who runs back to catch it but then collides with backward point who was running in. Think everyone is okay, and importantly the ball didn't pop out. 51/2
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Fri, 02 Jan - day 1 - West Indies 1st innings 276/6 (Jermaine Blackwood 45*, Jason Holder 5*, 90 ov)
Sat, 03 Jan - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 227/3 (Hashim Amla 55*, AB de Villiers 32*, 68.3 ov)
Sun, 04 Jan - day 3 - West Indies 2nd innings 88/2 (Leon Johnson 37*, Marlon Samuels 26*, 34 ov)
Mon, 05 Jan - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 9/1 (Dean Elgar 5*, 2.3 ov)
Tue, 06 Jan - day 5 - South Africa 2nd innings 124/2 (37.4 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
  • South Africa: 50 runs in 21.5 overs (131 balls), Extras 5
  • Drinks: South Africa - 51/2 in 22.5 overs (D Elgar 32)
  • Over 29.4: Review by West Indies (Bowling), Umpire - PR Reiffel, Batsman - HM Amla (Struck down)
  • D Elgar: 50 off 86 balls (6 x 4, 1 x 6)
  • South Africa: 100 runs in 34.6 overs (212 balls), Extras 12
  • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 78 balls (D Elgar 22, HM Amla 24, Ex 7)
Newlands, Cape Town
TossWest Indies, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
Series resultSouth Africa won the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 2154
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days2,3,4,5,6 January 2015 - day (5-day match)
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