West Indies crumble

2015-01-06 00:00

DALE Steyn and Simon Harmer combined in an extended session to dismantle the West Indies for just 215 in their second innings, an overall lead of 123 runs, in the third and final Test at Sahara Park Newlands in Cape Town yesterday.

“It was tough! That was the moment that the game fell away. It was an awful shot,” said Stuart Williams, the West Indian coach.

Williams was referring to the dismissal of Marlon Samuels, who struck Harmer down the ground and was caught by Dean Elgar on the boundary for 74.

Samuels and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (50) had put together a stand of 87 for the fourth wicket after the early loss of Leon Johnson (44), caught by Hashim Amla off the bowling of Morné Morkel (14-7-18-2).

“We’ve been spot on the whole Test series. Our intensity has been there, we have always started well and we were lucky this morning that the conditions perhaps juiced the wicket up a bit,” said Morkel at the press conference after the conclusion of play.

The West Indies resumed their second innings on 88 for two, but not before a lengthy delay due to rain.

Samuels had struck nine boundaries and two maximums in a 225-minute stay at the crease and took a liking to the right-arm off-spin of Harmer, but his aggressive tactic backfired when he danced down the track just once too often and hit the ball straight down Elgar’s throat on the long-on boundary. The fall of Samuels’s wicket brought about the West Indies collapse, as the visitors lost their final six wickets for just 13 runs.

“He [Samuels] has been the stand-out guy for them and we knew that if we put guys like him and Shiv [Chanderpaul] under pressure early then they will crack,” added Morkel.

Steyn (23.5-3-75-3) bowled a brilliant spell of fast-bowling, beginning with the dismissal of Jermaine Blackwood (13), his middle stump shattered with the final ball of his over.

“Dale bowled with awesome rhythm and it was special for me to stand at fine-leg and watch and it is difficult to get the ball out of his hands when he his bowling like this,” said the tall fast bowler.

Needing just 124 runs to win, the home side came out to bat with just 12 minutes remaining on the stadium clock and had to face three overs.

Sulieman Benn gave the visitors something to cheer about, clean bowling Alviro Petersen for a duck as SA went to stumps on nine for one, still needing a further 115 runs to win.


West Indies first innings 329

South Africa first innings 421

West Indies second innings (88/2 o/n)

K Bathwaite b Harmer16

D Smith c De Villiers b Morkel7

L Johnson c Amla b Morkel44

M Samuels c Elgar b Harmer74

S Chanderpaul run out (Bavuma)50

J Blackwood b Steyn13

D Ramdin c Harmer b Steyn0

J Holder c Amla b Harmer2

J Taylor c Elgar b Harmer0

S Benn c De Villiers b Steyn0

S Gabriel not out2

Extras: (b4, lb3)7

TOTAL: (all out, 79.5 overs)215

Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Smith 10.6), 2-27 (Brathwaite 13.5), 3-95 (Johnson 36.5), 4-182 (Samuels 64.5), 5-202 (Blackwood 71.6), 6-204 (Ramdin 73.1), 7-213 (Holder 76.3), 8-213 (Taylor 76.5), 9-213 (Benn 77.4), 10-215 (Chanderpaul 79.5)

Bowling: Steyn 23.5-3-75-3, Philander 16-4-27-0, Morkel 14-7-18-2, Harmer 24-7-82-4, Van Zyl 2-0-6-0

South Africa second innings

D Elgar not out5

A Petersen b Benn0

Extras: (b4)4

TOTAL: (for one wicket, 2.3 overs)9

Fall of wicket: 1-9 (Petersen 2.3ov)

Bowling: Taylor 1-0-1-0, Samuels 1-0-4-0, Benn 0.3-0-0-1.

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