South Africa Vs West Indies, 2nd Test- Day 1 : Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis frustrate West Indies

Shashi / 27 December 2014

There was yet another Boxing Day test on Port Elizabeth which started between South Africa and West Indies. South Africa were clearly ahead of the West Indian line up on paper. It was West Indies, who won the toss and their skipper, Dinesh Ramdin opted to field first. The West Indian bowlers hoped to show some great display of bowling to the South Africans.

As it happened, it was Dean Elgar and Alviro Petersen, who opened the innings for the Proteas while, on the other hand, Jerome Taylor started off proceedings for the West Indian side. Initially, the West Indian side made much of bowling changes early on in their innings but none did provide any breakthrough till the 11th over of the innings. In the  12th over, Petersen was dismissed by Shannon Gabriel when he tried to hit a ball which was wide off the off-stump and was finally caught in the cover region. South Africa, thus lost their first wicket at the score of 47 runs. Faf Du Plessis came in to bat next and at lunch, South Africans were evenly poised at the score of 68 runs for the loss of just a single wicket.

The second session of the day’s play went wicketless for the West Indian bowlers. The partnership quickly went past 50 and it was followed by a good solid half century from the left handed opener, Dean Elgar. Both the batsmen were looking pretty much settled at the crease and none of the West Indian bowlers did manage to threaten the South African batsmen to an extent. The debutant bowler for West Indies, Kenroy Peters also did not manage to produce some kind of a brilliant performance for the team. At tea, the South African batsmen were well settled with Elgar batting on 85 while Du Plessis was batting at the score of 42 runs. The South Africans were cruising at the total of 157 runs for the loss of a single wicket.

In the third session too, the dominance of the South Africans continued. Soon after the start of the session, Dean Elgar reached to his century. It was the third test century from the left handed batsmen and it was indeed a well deserved one too. Finally, in the 75th over of the innings, the 179 run stand between Elgar and Du Plessis was broken by the debutant bowler, Peters. Elgar tried to reach to a ball outside off-stumps and ultimately ended up in edging the ball and eventually it was caught by Ramdin. The second wicket fell at the score of 224 runs. Then Amla came in to bat. Du Plessis and Amla went on to build another great partnership for the team.

At stumps of the day, South Africa were poised at 270 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Du Plessis is batting on 99 and he will have to eagerly wait till tomorrow to get that one run.

South Africa: 260 for 2 (Elgar 121, du Plessis 99*) v West Indies.

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