Windies waste 4 chances after lunch

2014-12-26 16:25

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The West Indies wasted four chances against South Africa as the hosts moved to 157 for one at tea on the opening day of the second Test against the West Indies in Port Elizabeth today.

Faf du Plessis was given a reprieve with his score on eight. He hit a Jerome Taylor delivery straight to Marlon Samuels at gully, but the West Indian inexplicably dropped a regulation catch.

The Proteas number three was given a second life when he was on 26. Du Plessis came down the track to spinner Sulieman Benn, edged the ball to first slip but Devon Smith could not hold on to it.

The very next delivery – two runs short of his half-century – Dean Elgar danced down the wicket, missed the ball from Benn but wicketkeeper and captain Denesh Ramdin could not gather it and the batsman scrambled back to safety.

Elgar, on 73, hit the ball straight to debutant Kenroy Peters at mid-wicket, set off for a run and would have been relieved to see the fielder’s attempt miss the stumps as he was several metres short of his ground.

At the break, Elgar and Du Plessis were unbeaten on 85 and 42 respectively in an unbroken 110 run stand for the second wicket.

In the morning session, Alviro Petersen (17) was the only South African batsman to lose his wicket, playing a poor shot off an equally dire delivery.

Petersen 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.

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