Brathwaite Guide West Indies Response After Steyn Onslaught
South Africa 417 (Faf du Plessis 103) v
West Indies 147-1 (Brathwaite 65)
Second Test, Day Three, Port Elizabeth
Kraigg Brathwaite helped West Indies fight back in the second Test at Port Elizabeth after Dale Steyn's onslaught powered South Africa past 400-run mark on day three.
Earlier in the day, the start of play was delayed by an hour due to overnight rain. When the game began, Hashim Amla (33) started on a positive note, stroking two boundaries off the first over. His stay was cut short by Jason Holder, who trapped him lbw.
In the very next over, AB de Villiers (10) failed to defend a ball from Jerome Taylor that nipped back in, losing his off stump in the process.
The debutant Temba Bavuma (10) could not keep out a rising delivery from Shannon Gabriel and gloved it to the keeper Denesh Ramdin. Next to depart was van Zyl (29) who got off to a good start but failed to carry on.
Next to depart was Stiaan van Zyl (29) who got off to a good start but failed to carry on.
Walking in at number eight, Dale Steyn started off well with the bat and it was all calm till the lunch break. After the interval, Steyn came out with a positive frame of mind and began to canter the bowlers to all parts of the park.
Steyn smacked five sixes and six fours in his innings, which lasted just 28 balls. It was also the fourth fastest fifty in Test cricket history.
Vernon Philander (13) held one end together and gave support to Steyn throughout their 69-run partnership.
Dale Steyn fell in search of quick runs and holed out to Sulieman Benn in the deep after which Hashim Amla declared the South African innings.
With the a total of 417 runs and about 60 overs left in the day, it was a sporting declaration from South Africa.
Jerome Taylor (2-114), Shannon Gabriel (2-80) and Kenroy Peters (2-69) were the most successful bowlers for West Indies.
Jason Holder (1-43) and Sulieman Benn (1-102) were the other wicket takers.
The West Indies openers Devon Smith (22) and Kraigg Brathwaite (65 not out) put in a 55-run opening partnership which was broken by Morne Morkel (2-24) who struck twice in the seventeenth over accounting for Smith and Leon Johnson (0), just two overs before the tea break.
However, Marlon Samuels (60) and Brathwaite batted with patience and added 92 runs for the third wicket.
Bad light stopped the play after the forty fourth over and with the rain starting to fall, the umpires did not take long to call stumps for the day.
West Indies need 70 runs to avoid the follow on and they will look to achieve that target in the first session tomorrow.
The game will start thirty minutes early on day four to make up for the lost time.
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