Elgar, Du Plessis Put South Africa In Control

Elgar, Du Plessis Put South Africa In Control
Extraordinary batting from Dean Elgar helped South Africa take early control of the second Test
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South Africa 270-8 (Elgar 121, Du Plessis 99 no) v
West Indies
Second Test, Day One, Port Elizabeth
Scorecard

Extraordinary batting from Dean Elgar and Faf Du Plessis helped South Africa take early control of the second Test at St George Park at the end of play on day one.

Dean Elgar scored his third Test career hundred as West Indies struggled to find answers to an unflinching display of textbook batting by the South Africans.

Earlier in the day, Denesh Ramdin won the toss and opted to field first.

South Africa managed to stroll past the early overs as Shannon Gabriel provided the breakthrough in the twelfth over as Alviro Petersen (17) played a cover drive straight to Leon Johnson.

Faf Du Plessis joined Elgar for the second wicket partnership stand as the duo combined added 170 runs.

Elgar appeared poised throughout his knock as he anchored the South African innings by scoring 121 from 239 balls. His innings comprised of 18 spectacular boundaries.

Faf Du Plessis reached his seventh Test career fifty as he stayed unbeaten on 99 at the end of the day's proceedings.

Late in the day, Kenroy Peters - the man on Test debut dismissed Elgar who edged an away going delivery to Ramdin behind the stumps.

South African skipper Hashim Amla (17 not out) joined Du Plessis for an unbeaten partnership of 44 runs for the third wicket.

With 270 runs on board and eight wickets in hand, South Africa has managed to create a platform to put up a huge total in the first innings.

West Indies on the other hand would be hoping their bowlers to rise to the occasion and curtail South Africa to a manageable total.

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