SA grab upper hand in warm-up

2014-02-05 00:00

THE South African team was on top at stumps yesterday on the first day of their warm-up game against the South African Composite XI thanks to a Vernon Philander-led lower-order backlash and superb bowling by Robin Peterson at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

Philander finished undefeated on 58 off 91 balls as he powered South Africa to 300 in the first innings.

He played a pivotal role in resurrecting the South African innings as he featured in two useful lower-order partnerships after South Africa limped to 151 for seven after lunch.

Later, Philander trapped Reeza Hendricks in front for two in the Composite XI first innings.

Peterson then struck twice in two overs to reduce the struggling SA Composite XI to 24 for three at the close. Peterson’s double-strike in two overs had the SA Composite XI reeling. He caught Simon Harmer off his own bowling while Harmer departed for a duck.

In Peterson’s next over, Faf du Plessis pulled off a spectacular catch at short mid-wicket to remove Dean Elgar when the left-hander pulled a full toss. Elgar was gone for nought.

Earlier, Philander who smashed eight fours and a six in his innings, featured in a 47-run partnership with Dale Steyn for the eighth wicket.

He also added an invaluable 62 with Rory Kleinveldt for the ninth wicket.

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