AB stands firm in Proteas clash against Windies

2015-01-04 13:30

AB de Villiers stood firm with an unbeaten 84 as South Africa reached 313 for five at lunch, on day three of the third Test between South Africa and the West Indies at Newlands, in Cape Town.

De Villiers today started the day off with strong intentions of reducing the West Indies lead which was just 16 at the interval.

The first wicket to fall in the morning session was that of captain Hashim Amla for 63. The West Indies had the ball changed after it had become misshaped, and Jason Holder got the delivery to straighten off a good length as Amla edged through to wicketkeeper captain Denesh Ramdin.

The breakthrough brought an end to a 97 run partnership from 160 balls between Amla and De Villiers for the fourth wicket.

Amla faced 150 balls in his innings, striking seven fours before he left the scene with South Africa on 254 for four.

Temba Bavuma joined De Villiers in the middle, and looked good for his 15 before he was out attempting to leave a Shannon Gabriel delivery. Bavuma was in two minds whether to play or leave the ball, and the delivery ricocheted off his bat into the stumps.

Stiaan van Zyl was eight not out after joining De Villiers shortly before the break.

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