Friday 11 January 2008 

Prince And De Villiers Score Centuries For South Africa

West Indies 139 (Pollock 4-35, Nel 3-45) & 23-0 after 11 overs v
South Africa 556-4 declared (Smith 147, Prince 123no, De Villiers 103no)

Series level at 1-1

Ashwell Prince and AB De Villiers scored centuries as South Africa built up a huge lead over the West Indies on day two of the third and final Test in Durban. West Indies closed on 23 without loss, still 394 runs adrift.

South Africa lost overnight unbeaten batsmen Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla, as well as Jacques Kallis, but wickets proved little obstacle to their free run-scoring throughout the day.

A 199-run stand for the second wicket was finally broken when Amla was sharply caught by Dwayne Bravo at silly mid-off off of Darren Sammy for 69. Moments later, Smith departed for 147, nicking Jerome Taylor to Denesh Ramdin who took a fine catch tumbling to his left.

Jacques Kallis and Ashwell Prince looked as untroubled as Smith and Amla had yesterday, helping themselves to a century partnership as they effortlessly extended the Proteas' advantage past 200.

His dismissal, for 74, came as a surprise, caught at slip by Runako Morton trying to cut Marlon Samuels although South Africa remained comfortably in control.

Prince and AB De Villiers batted faultlessly as South Africa extended their lead to over 300. The pair scored another century stand as West Indies tired with De Villiers in particular playing some dashing strokes.

Prince (123 not out) struck 15 fours in his knock, while De Villiers raced to his hundred, ending on 103 from 109 balls before Smith declared at 556 for four. By the time South Africa declared, they were 417 runs ahead.

West Indies were bowled out for 139 inside two sessions on day one, with Shaun Pollock taking four wickets on his return to the side.

The series is level at 1-1; Smith won the toss and chose to bowl.

� Cricket World 2008


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