South Africa secure top spot


Published: Tuesday 6th January 2015 by The News Editor

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South Africa consolidated their position at the top of the International Cricket Council Test rankings after wrapping up a 2-0 series victory over West Indies in Cape Town.

Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla put on an unbroken 73 to lead the hosts to an eight-wicket win which helped them secure their number one spot for April 1 and the Test mace.

The Proteas were never really in danger of faltering in their pursuit of their 124 victory target, which they reached in the opening session of the final day of the third Test.

Resuming on nine for one, overnight pair Elgar and Faf du Plessis began cautiously, with Sulieman Benn beating the bat a number of times.

While Elgar settled into his stride, and even launched the spinner for six, Du Plessis departed for 14 after top-edging a rising ball from Benn to Jermaine Blackwood running from slip to gully.

At 51 for two, South Africa were by no means safe but Du Plessis’ wicket was as good as it got for the Windies as Elgar and Amla piled on the runs.

Elgar brought up his half-century with his sixth four and was unbeaten on 60 before South Africa captain Amla (38no) brought the game to an end by smashing Marlon Samuels through the covers.

Published: Tuesday 6th January 2015 by The News Editor

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