Smith Reaches Landmark As South Africa Dominate

Smith Reaches Landmark As South Africa Dominate
Smith Reaches Landmark As South Africa Dominate
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South Africa 296-3 (Smith 132, Amla 46) v West Indies
Second Test, Saint Kitts, day one

Captain Graeme Smith became the third South African to reach 7000 Test runs as his side dominated day one of the second Test against the West Indies at Warner Park in Saint Kitts.

Smith made 132 as South Africa closed the day on 296 for three having won the toss and decided to bat on a belter of a pitch. Meanwhile, the West Indies dropped three catches and were sloppy in the field throughout which gave the tourists something of an easy ride.

Smith and fellow opener Alviro Petersen (52) put on 99 for the first wicket, helped by Kemar Roach bowling a series of no balls and Ravi Rampaul finding little help from the pitch, which forced the West Indies to turn to spin early.

Off-spinner Shane Shillingford, in just his second Test, bowled beautifully once again, and had Petersen well caught by a diving Roach at deep backward square whent he batsman miscued a sweep - Roach's fielding was a rare highlight although he failed to get into any rhythm with the ball in hand.

Hashim Amla made a fluent 46 but was missed by Chris Gayle at slip and Smith was dropped by Shivnarine Chanderpaul at square leg and then by wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin after tea. He took ful advantage, hitting Narsingh Deonarine for two straight sixes to pass 7000 Test runs and then reached his 21st Test century soon after - bringing him level with Gary Kirsten.

When Amla edged Shillingford's straight ball to Dwayne Bravo at slip, the all-rounder made no mistake, literally pocketing the ball having taken a smart catch.

Smith, who hit nine fours and three sixes, and Amla had shared a stand worth 112 for the second wicket and the next substantial stand came between Smith and Jacques Kallis, who raced away at the start of his innings, before slowing to reach 45 from 101 balls at stumps, but their 72-run stand ended when Smith bottom-edged Roach onto his stumps nine balls before a secodn new ball was available for the West Indies.

The West Indies' problems were compounded when both Rampaul and Chris Gayle spent time off the field due to injuries - Rampaul picking up a knock as he dived to prevent a boundary and Gayle complaining of a sore groin.

AB de Villiers was alongside Kallis at the close of play, unbeaten on seven while Shillingford ended the day with figures of two for 91.

South Africa lead the three-match series 1-0 after a 163-run victory in the opening match in Trinidad.

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