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South Africa Make Inroads Into West Indies Lead

Alviro Petersen
Alviro Petersen made 42 to help South Africa start their reply strongly
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West Indies 329 (Blackwood 56, Johnson 54) v
South Africa 227-3 (du Plessis 68, Amla 55no)
Third Test, Cape Town, day two

Dale Steyn claimed a four-wicket haul before half-centuries from Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla helped South Africa close day two of the third and final Test against the West Indies 102 runs behind.

Steyn's four for 78 helped the Proteas dismiss the West Indies, who started the day on 276 for six, for 329.

Du Plessis then made 68 and Amla an unbeaten 55 to help South Africa close on 227 for three in reply.

Jermaine Blackwood ended up top scoring for the West Indies with 56, his third Test half-century, but he was trapped in front by Steyn and South Africa quickly wrapped up the lower order.

Steyn had Jason Holder (23) caught by Stiaan van Zyl and Morne Morkel (2-83) removed Jerome Taylor for 13 and Sulieman Benn for five, leaving Shannon Gabriel unbeaten on four.

Simon Harmer (3-71) and van Zyl (1-13) were the other wicket-takers.

In reply, South Africa lost the wicket of Dean Elgar for eight when he was trapped in front by Holder but Alviro Petersen, who made 42, and du Plessis guided South Africa past 100.

Petersen was then run out by Blackwood and du Plessis, whose 68 came from 122 balls, was stumped by Denesh Ramdin off Benn.

However, Amla and AB de Villiers, not out on 32, had added 70 together for the fourth when stumps were drawn to put South Africa in a decent position.

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