Proteas 68 for one at lunch

2014-12-26 13:03

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South Africa navigated difficult batting conditions under overcast skies to reach 68 for one at lunch on the opening day of the second Test against the West Indies in Port Elizabeth today.

Although West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin won the toss and chose to bowl, his attack failed to threaten the Proteas batsmen in the opening session of the second Test.

That was until the visitors were gifted a breakthrough.

The South African openers eased to 47 off 73 balls, before Alviro Petersen threw his wicket away with a poor shot to an equally dire delivery.

Petersen (17) attempted to swat an extremely short ball from Shannon Gabriel to behind the slip cordon for four, but only succeeded in providing a simple looping catch to Leon Johnson in the covers.

Petersen’s dismissal extended his run to 25 innings without a Test century.

At the break, Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis were unbeaten on 35 and six, respectively.

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