Sunday 27 June 2010 

Smith, De Villiers And Prince Put South Africa Ahead

Smith, De Villiers And Prince Put South Africa Ahead
Smith, De Villiers And Prince Put South Africa Ahead
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West Indies 231 (Bravo 61, Botha 4-56, Steyn 3-37) v
South Africa 285-6 (de Villiers 73, Smith 70, Prince 55no)
Third Test, Barbados, day two

Graeme Smith, AB de Villiers and Ashwell Prince scored half-centuries to help South Africa move into a first-innings lead over the West Indies on day two of the third and final Test in Barbados.

In reply to the home side's score of 231, registered on the opening day, South Africa closed on 285 for six with Ashwell Prince unbeaten on 55.

They had resumed the day on 46 for two having lost the wickets of Alviro Petersen (1) and Hashim Amla (5) on the opening day and the first man to go on day two was nightwatchman Paul Harris, who became Brandon Bess's first Test wicket when he was caught by Chris Gayle for 11.

Smith, who made 70 in 114 balls with nine fours, then added 62 runs for the fourth wicket with Jacques Kallis before he was caught by Dale Richards off of left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn.

Benn then had Kallis bowled for 43 and de Villiers caught by wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin for 73.  He faced 188 balls, hit six fours and shared a stand with Prince worth 134 for the sixth wicket which took South Africa into the lead.

Prince had faced 174 balls by stumps, batting patiently and hitting just three fours and alongside him was Mark Boucher who was unbeaten on four while Benn returned figures of four for 59 from 31 overs.

South Africa lead the series 1-0 afte a 163-run win in Trinidad and a high-scoring draw in Saint Kitts.

© Cricket World 2010

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