West Indies in trouble

Published: Friday 19th December 2014 by The News Editor

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The West Indies are staring at a heavy defeat after taking a battering from South Africa’s bowlers on the third day of the first Test at Centurion.

The hosts had declared on 552 for five in their first innings on Thursday, just as rain arrived to bring an early end to play.

But there was no meteorological salvation for the Windies on day three as they were bowled out for 201 in their first innings before closing on 72 for two following on.

That left the tourists still 275 runs adrift of making South Africa bat again and with two full days of play remaining.

The star of the show for the Proteas was Vernon Philander, who has had a lean 2014 but claimed the wickets of four of the top six Windies batsmen.

He then snared Devon Smith for the second time in the day to give South Africa a great start to the second innings.

However, injuries were one sour note for the hosts, with both Philander and Dale Steyn leaving the field to join Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock, who sat out the whole day, on the sidelines.

Steyn, who picked up a groin injury, did return late in the day and will be eligible to bowl on Saturday morning if fit.

The West Indies made a solid start to their reply with a partnership of 72 between Smith and Kraigg Brathwaite but Philander took the wickets of both in successive overs.

Leon Johnson and Marlon Samuels also got into the 30s but the Windies lost their final five wickets for just 39 runs – Kemar Roach did not bat after picking up an injury on Thursday.

Morne Morkel offered good support to Philander with three wickets, and then had Brathwaite well caught by Alviro Petersen in the slips in the second innings.

Johnson will resume on 33 not out on Saturday morning, with Samuels unbeaten on 13.

Published: Friday 19th December 2014 by The News Editor

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