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Amla Hits Double, Van Zyl A Debut Ton For South Africa

Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla was eventually dismissed for 208 on day two
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South Africa 552-5 dec. (Amla 208) v West Indies
First Test, Centurion, day two

Hashim Amla hit a double-century and Stiaan van Zyl a century on debut as South Africa declared their first innings on 552 for five against the West Indies before rain shortened day two fo the first Test at Centurion.

Amla made 208, AB de Villiers was dismissed for 152 and van Zyl hit 101 not out before South Africa declared.

Bad light stopped the West Indies from beginning their innings and rain then moved in to prevent any further play at all.

Resuming on 340 for four, Amla and de Villiers extended their fourth-wicket partnership to 308 before de Villiers was caught by Jermaine Blackwood off Sulieman Benn when he sliced a drive to cover point.

He had made 152 in 235 balls including 16 fours and two sixes but his departure did not limit South Africa as the runs continued to flow.

Amla reached his double-century and van Zyl showed no sign of any first-match nerves as he made his way fluently to 101 not out in 130 balls during a 155-run stand for the fifth wicket that came in just 36.5 overs.

Amla finally fell when he was caught at long-on by Jerome Taylor off Benn when trying to push on for quick runs and the declaration, ending a vigil of 371 deliveries.

And after van Zyl reached his landmark, with Quinton de Kock unbeaten on 18 in 15 balls at the other end, Amla decided South Africa had enough runs on the board and called them in.

However, that was to be it for the action as despite an early tea being taken, the players were unable to get back out.

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