West Indies Collapse After Tons From Brathwaite And Samuels
South Africa 417 (Faf du Plessis 103) v
West Indies 275-9 (Brathwaite 106, Samuels 101)
Second Test, Day Four, Port Elizabeth
West Indies, after a spectacular third wicket partnership of 176 runs, which saw tons from Kraigg Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels, collapsed dramatically from 231 for two to 275 for nine , giving South Africa the upper hand.
Start of play on day four was delayed by three hours due to rain. Play began at 13:00 hours SAST and only 34 overs were possible today due to intermittent rain delays.
West Indies started off in a positive fashion and scored 33 runs in the first ten overs of the day.
Scoring boundaries regularly, both Kraigg Brathwaite (106) and Marlon Samuels (101) brought up their respective hundreds in consecutive overs.
South Africa who struggled to pick wickets in the first half of the session, came back with wickets of both the centurions in successive overs, just before the Tea break.
Vernon Philander trapped Samuels in front, while Brathwaite edged one to Alviro Petersen at slip off Morne Morkel.
After these crucial breakthroughs, South Africa struck at regular intervals and accounted for five wickets in just ten overs.
It all started with Imran Tahir’s double strike wherein Denesh Ramdin (20) was trapped in front and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (7) was bowled.
The very next over saw Morkel dismiss Jason Holder (1), who edged one to the keeper.
Sulieman Benn (4) did not last long as he attempted a slog over mid-wicket, only to edge one to slip off Tahir.
Kenroy Peters (0) was run out on what would become the final over of the day.
Rain arrived again after having played a game of hide and seek throughout the day. The umpires waited for an hour and with deteriorating light conditions, they called off the play.
Morne Morkel (4-69) was the best bowler for South Africa in this innings.
Imran Tahir (3-108), despite being taken for runs initially, caused problems with his spin in the final stages of the day.
Vernon Philander (1-41) was the other wicket taker.
With one wicket in hand and a deficit of 142 runs, West Indies are certainly on the back foot.
However, there is a forecast for rain tomorrow and with just about 98 overs possible in the final day, a result seems far-fetched.
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