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Amla, De Villiers Dominate West Indies

Hashim Amla (left) and AB de Villiers batted for all but 15.5 overs of the opening day
Hashim Amla (left) and AB de Villiers batted for all but 15.5 overs of the opening day
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South Africa 340-3 (de Villiers 143no) v
First Test, Centurion, day one

Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers both scored centuries during an unbroken 283-run partnership that helped South Africa recover from a poor start to day one of the first Test against the West Indies at Centurion.

The West Indies had taken three early wickets to reduce the hosts to 57 for three after winning the toss and bowling first following a delay due to rain.

However, Amla and de Villiers steered South Africa through to lunch and as conditions improved throughout the day, their partnership blossomed.

De Villiers finished the day unbeaten on 143 and Amla on 133 as Kemar Roach, whose spell in the morning inspired the tourists, limped off injured.

South Africa closed on 340 for three.

After the West Indies had not made good use of the new ball, Roach (2-52) delivered a double blow to have Alviro Petersen caught by Devon Smith in the slips for 27 and then Faf du Plessis caught by wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin without scoring.

In between those two strikes left-armer Sheldon Cottrell (1-74) dismissed Dean Elgar, who steered the ball straight to Marlon Samuels in the gully having made 28 as the Proteas lost their first three wickets with the score on 57.

Amla had a huge stroke of luck when one of the few balls he misjudged grazed his off stump without dislodging a bail but he was otherwise imperious, striking 17 fours on the way to his 23rd Test century.

De Villiers was a little more expansive at the other end, hitting 15 fours and two sixes during his 20th century and he faced 211 balls in all.

The pair guided South Africa to lunch on 102 for three, eased them to tea at 225 for three and then powered them to stumps at 340 for three.

The home side handed a debut to batsman Stiaan van Zyl with JP Duminy missing out due to injury.

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