South Africa Vs West Indies- Third Test- Day 1: Ramdin’s dismissal puts the hosts on top
It was the third test between South Africa and West Indies at Cape Town. South Africa were in hold of a 1-0 lead in the series after the two test matches. The second test was majorly washed out by the rain and thus it resulted in a draw. West Indies won the toss initially and opted to bat first today. Dale Steyn started off the proceedings for South Africa while it was Kraigg Brathwaite and Devon Smith who opened the innings for West Indies.
It was a nice start to the West Indian innings. The opening partnership looked steady in the initial overs and the two were going on nicely. It was in the 14th over of the innings when Steyn brought South Africa the first breakthrough in the form of Brathwaite. Next, Leon Johnson came to the crease to bat and there was a small partnership being built on between Johnson and Smith. Smith looked to play freely and played quite a number of good shots. But he was dismissed by the debutant South African bowler, Simon Harmer. Smith was dismissed at the score of 47 runs and at lunch, West Indies were poised at the score of 80 runs for the loss of 2 wickets.
In the second session, things went quite in favour of both the teams. There was a small partnership being built between Marlon Samuels and Leon Johnson. They were going on quite nicely. Johnson also completed his half century. It was surely a well deserved one. He tackled the South African pace well. But unfortunately, he was dismissed at the score of 54 runs by Harmer. He struck 9 boundaries in his innings. Then came in Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Just when they were about to build a decent partnership, Samuels was dismissed by Stiaan Van Zyl at the score of 43 runs. He struck 6 boundaries in his innings. At tea, West Indies were poised at the score of 172 runs for the loss of 4 wickets.
The third session did not start well for West Indies. Just after the start of the third session, Chanderpaul was stumped at the score of 9 runs. This was the second time in his career when he has been stumped in tests. Then there were two relatively new batsmen at the crease in the form of Jermaine Blackwood and Dinesh Ramdin. After completing his half century, Ramdin was dismissed right few overs before the close of the day’s play. He was dismissed by Steyn at the score of 53 runs. At stumps, West Indies are poised at the score of 276 runs for the loss of 6 wickets.
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