Draw Most Likely After Slow Fourth Day In Saint Kitts

Draw Most Likely After Slow Fourth Day In Saint Kitts
Draw Most Likely After Slow Fourth Day In Saint Kitts
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South Africa 543-6 dec. (de Villiers 135no) & 23-0 v
West Indies 546 (Chanderpaul 166, Nash 114)
Second Test, day four, Saint Kitts

The West Indies eked out a narrow first-innings lead over South Africa on a slow fourth day of the second Test in Saint Kitts before the tourists closed on 23 without loss in their second innings.

With both sides appearing at times to have resigned themselves to playing out a draw on a placid pitch, the West Indies replied to South Africa's 543 for six declared by being bowled out themselves for 546.

Resuming on 424 for four, they added just 39 runs in a turgid opening session in which Shivnarine Chanderpaul took almost half an hour to score a run.

He eventually went on to make 166, having begun the day on 151, before he was caught and bowled by Paul Harris having faced 357 deliveries. Dwayne Bravo scored the slowest half-century of his career, showing reserves of patience as Harris bowled consistently outside leg stump but he was eventually dismissed when he was caught by Mark Boucher off the same bowler.

His 53 runs came from 215 deliveries and after South Africa got those breakthroughs, they were relatively quickly through the lower order.

Next men in Denesh Ramdin (1) and Shane Shillingford (7) went to Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Jacques Kallis respectively before Sulieman Benn (26) and Ravi Rampaul (31) put the West Indies into the lead and the innings was wrapped up by both men being dismissed by Morne Morkel, who finished with figures of four for 116.

And by taking the catch to dismiss Rampaul, wicket-keeper Boucher became the first man to claim 500 dismissals in Test cricket.

South African openers Graeme Smith (13) and Alviro Petersen (8) then survived 11 overs to take South Africa into the final with all ten second-innings wickets intact.

They lead the three-match series 1-0 following a 163-run win in the opening match in Trinidad.

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