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West Indies Rally After De Villiers Century

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers scored 148 to hand South Africa a lead after first innings
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West Indies 329 & 88-2 (Johnson 37no) v
South Africa 421 (de Villiers 148)
Third Test, Cape Town, day three

AB de Villiers scored a fine century for South Africa before the West Indies rallied to close day three of the third and final Test in Cape Town just four runs behind with eight wickets remaining.

De Villiers hit 148 in 194 balls as South Africa moved from their overnight score of 227 for three to be all out for 421.

Simon Harmer and Morne Morkel then removed West Indian openers Kraigg Brathwaite (16) and Devon Smith (7) to put the tourists in trouble at 27 for two.

Leon Johnson then hit an unbeaten 37 and Marlon Samuels 26 not out to all but eliminate South Africa's lead.

They closed on 88 for two to keep their hopes of winning the game and levelling the series alive.

De Villiers hit 15 fours and a six during his innings as he provided the foundation for a first-innings lead of 92.

He and Hashim Amla (63) pushed their fourth-wicket stand to 97 before Amla was removed by Jason Holder.

Some support for de Villiers came from Temba Bavuma (15) and Stiaan Van Zyl (33) but little came from the lower order as both Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn were run out without scoring.

And De Villiers fell when he was caught by Shannon Gabrial off Marlon Samuels to bring an end to the innings with Morkel unbeaten on four.

Jerome Taylor (1-80), Gabriel (1-64), Holder (2-87), Samuels (2-65) and Sulieman Benn (1-115) all took wickets for the tourists.

Smith then edged Morkal to de Villiers and Brathwaite was bowled by Harmer in his first over as the West Indies made a poor start to their second innings.

However, Johnson and Samuels responded positively, making 37 in 66 balls and 26 in 57 respectively to launch a fightback.

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