After a major portion of the second day being washed out, we had a full day’s of play on the third day and the day was pretty much exciting. South Africa were poised at the score of 289 runs for the loss of 3 wickets at stumps of the second day. They resumed with that score today and there was a batting collapse early on in the day.
The West Indies bowlers were fired up in the initial overs of the day’s play and it was quite a good going. Jason Holder brought the first breakthrough of the day for them when Amla was adjudged as LBW. His dismissal was followed by the dismissal of AB de Villiers at the score of 10 runs. The first black batsman in the history of South African cricket, Temba Bavuma also did not manage to put much of an impact in the game and he was even dismissed at the score of 10 runs by Shannon Gabriel. And thus the tail of the South African line up were on in no time. South Africa were at the score of 348 runs for the loss of 7 wickets when Dale Steyn came in to bat. He started playing rather aggressively and scored a bulk of runs for his team in no time. At lunch, South Africa were poised at the score of 369 runs for the loss of 7 wickets.
In the second session of the day, Steyn fire continued with the bat and he continuously despatched the ball for boundaries. He also scored the fastest half century in Tests by a South African and this was the fourth fastest century in the history of Test cricket. He scored his half century off 25 deliveries. Finally he was dismissed at the score of 58 runs off 28 deliveries and that included 6 fours and 5 sixes in total. The South Africans declared their innings at the score of 417 runs for the loss of 8 wickets.
Now, it was the time for the West Indies to bat. Kraigg Brathwaite and Devon Smith opened the innings for them. The opening partnership looked solid and they managed to put on a half century stand for the opening wicket. It was in the 17th over when Morkel brought the first breakthrough for the day in the form of Smith. And his dismissal was followed by the dismissal of Leon Johnson for a duck. West Indies were thus reduced to 55 for 2. At tea, they were at 59 for the loss of 2 wickets.
In the third session, the West Indies carried on with their innings and there was a great partnership being built on between Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels. Brathwaite completed his half century which was followed by a half century from Samuels. West Indies were poised at the score of 147 runs for the loss of 2 wickets when rain came into act and the play was called off for the day.
Brief Scores: South Africa 417/8 d, West Indies 147/2 (44 overs) trail by 270 runs