South Africa Close In On Series Victory

	 South Africa Close In On Series Victory
South Africa Close In On Series Victory
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West Indies 231 & 134-7 (Chanderpaul 57no, Steyn 3-31) v
South Africa 346 (Prince 78no, de Villiers 73, Benn 6-81)
Third Test, day three, Barbados

The West Indies will take a 19-run lead into the fourth day of the third and final Test against South Africa in Barbados but with just three second-innings wickets in hand, the tourists are overwhelming favourites to win the game and seal a 2-0 series win after another day in firm control of the match.

Ashwell Prince converted his overnight unbeaten 55 into 78 not out as South Africa were bowled out for 346 in reply to the West Indies' 231 and despite the heroics of Sulieman Benn, who returned six for 81, he was required to bat at the end of the day as his side collapsed to 134 for seven with only Shivnarine Chanderpaul offering much resistance.

He will resume the final day on 57 having faced 156 deliveries - a typical Chanderpaul innings and one that set him apart from his team-mates, who showed no hint of permanency at the crease.

Chris Gayle (10) and Dale Richards (17) set off at a fast rate before both were undone by the pace and bounce of Dale Steyn, Gayle edging behind and Richards mistiming a pull.

Narsingh Deonarine sliced to Prince at cover from the first ball he faced as Steyn used the new ball to leave the West Indies innings in tatters at 36 for three.

Brendan Nash dug in to make 12 in 51 balls before he was caught by Jacques Kallis as off-spinner Johan Botha picked up the first of his three wickets.

Quickly following Nash back to the pavilion having succumbed to Paul Harris and Botha respectively were Dwayne Bravo (2) and Denesh Ramdin (1) before Shane Shillingford made a patient 25 and from the depths of 75 for six, the West Indies ensured that South Africa would bat again as Chanderpaul and Shillingford scored 53 for the seventh wicket, which fell less than three overs before stumps when Shillingford was trapped in front by Botha.

Benn was unbeaten on four having done his utmost to bowl the West Indies back into the match earlier in the day.

Prince and Mark Boucher (17) extended their seventh-wicket partnership to 33, in the course of which Prince was lucky not to depart when he gloved Benn to Bravo but having used all their reviews, the West Indies were powerless to do anything about it.

Boucher's dismissal eventually came after both batsmen narrowly avoided running into each other as they pushed for a single to Brandon Bess at mid-on. Boucher was run out by a distance, as he could have been earlier in the morning session when Ramdin fumbled with his opposite number well short.

Botha was swiftly trapped in front by Benn for nine and the innings was ended shortly after lunch - taken after a morning session that had seen just 57 runs scored - when Morne Morkel offered Bravo a simple slip catch as he pushed at Benn.

Between those two wickets, Steyn had been dismissed when he was bowled by Kemar Roach and an ugly spat between Steyn and Benn culminated in Steyn appearing to spit in Benn's direction as he departed the middle - provoking the rest of team to rally behind Benn and Gayle as they protested to the umpires.

Sadly for them, such fight was sorely lacking, Chanderpaul, Nash and Shillingford excepted, when they came out to bat and in the space of ten overs, they went from a team with an outside chance of saving the game, to a team with an outside chance of not being beaten by lunch on the penultimate day.

South Africa lead the series 1-0 following a 163-run win in the opening match in Trinidad and a high-scoring draw in Saint Kitts.

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