It was the fourth day of the second Test between South Africa and West Indies at Port Elizabeth. West Indies did put a resilient fight in reply to the mammoth total of South Africa in the first innings. They were poised at the score of 147 for the loss of 2 wickets at stumps of the third day.
The start of the day’s play was interrupted by rain and as a result of which there was no play in the first session of the day’s play. Rain has played the role of a spoilsport in this Test match for most part of the day and also, in fact, in the Test match too.
In the second session though, the play was resumed. Samuels and Brathwaite resumed with their plucky partnership and both of them went on to score centuries each. West Indies were moving nicely and both the batsmen looked pretty much settled. None of the South African bowlers did manage to create much of an impact to the settled pair.
Finally, the 196 runs partnership came to an end when Philander brought South Africa a breakthrough in the form of Marlon Samuels. Samuels managed to score a total of 101 runs off 160 deliveries which included 14 fours and a six. It was a valiant innings from the middle order batsman.
Just after the partnership broke, the West Indies innings collapsed like a whirlwind. Brathwaite was dismissed in the very next over to Samuels’ dismissal by Morkel. Brathwaite was dismissed at the score of 106 runs off 186 deliveries. And at tea, West Indies were poised at the score of 245 runs for the loss of 4 wickets with Chanderpaul and Ramdin at the crease.
In the third session, South Africa simply outplayed the West Indian batsmen and wickets kept falling in quick successions. Ramdin was dismissed LBW by Tahir and his dismissal was followed by the dismissal of Chanderpaul in the very same over. West Indies were clearly struggling but there was none to rescue them from the onslaught. The tailenders also started to collapse rather quickly without giving the least fight.
Finally, at the score of 275 runs for the loss of 9 wickets, a downpour of rain re-interrupted the play. And thus there were no further play in the day. West Indies batted rather disappointingly in the third session. After being positioned at the score of 231 runs for the loss of 2 wickets, they were reduced to 275 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. Again, the glimpse of inconsistency is seen in the West Indian batting.
Only one day remains in the Test and we are heading towards a draw unless something dramatic happens.