Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 18th 2014 Contents A70
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, December 18, 2014
CENTURION---Unbeaten centuries from AB
de Villiers and captain Hashim Amla
squashed a brief flicker of resistance from
West Indies, as South Africa dominated the
opening day of the first Test in South Africa,
Asked to bat in bowler friendly conditions
at SuperSport Park, South Africa slumped to
57 for three just after the first hour but recov-
ered through the brilliance of de Villiers and
Amla, who dominated the last two sessions
to propel the hosts to 340 for three at the
De Villiers stroked an attractive 141 not out
and Amla, an unbeaten 131, two innings that
snuffed the life out the Windies after they
conjured up an enterprising period during the
morning period which had hinted at something
The pair have so far added 283 for the fourth
wicket---a record for South Africa.
Impressive fast bowler Kemar Roach, the
Windies best bowler so far with two for 52,
struck twice in successive overs to help cripple
the top order early on.
Openers Dean Elgar, who hit 28 and Alviro
Petersen, 27, added 57 without much alarm
in the first hour, as West Indies bowlers strug-
gled to get it right.
Petersen started with successive fours off
the first two balls of the innings from fast
bowler Jerome Taylor, stray deliveries that
were clipped to the leg-side boundary.
He took a third boundary through gully off
Taylor in the right-armer s next over and Elgar
joined in the fun next over, swatting a short
all from left-arm seamer Sheldon Cottrell---
who surprisingly shared the new ball with
Taylor---through mid-wicket for four.
It was Roach who got the breakthrough on
the stroke of the first hour, when he got one
to straighten in his third over to Petersen, for
the right hander to nick a simple catch to
Devon Smith at first slip.
Petersen faced 44 balls and struck six fours.
His dismissal sparked a slide where South
Africa lost three quick wickets for no runs in
the space of 14 balls.
In the next over---the first after the water
break---Cottrell claimed the Windies second
wicket, getting Elgar to slash a wide long hop
to Marlon Samuels at gully, after facing three
balls in his 42-ball knock.
Roach then struck again in the next over,
producing another delivery which pitched and
straightened and clipped the outside edge of
Faf du Plessis s bat through to wicketkeeper
With South Africa reeling, de Villiers and
Amla arrived to turn the innings around in a
partnership that completely deflated the
The right-handed de Villiers faced 211 balls
and struck 15 fours and two sixes to post this
20th Test hundred in his 96th Test while
Amla, also a right-hander, hit 17 fours off 244
balls in carving out his 23rd triple figure score.
Both started cautiously before moving quick-
ly into stride, Amla crashing two successive
fours through point off Taylor in the first over
of a second spell and de Villiers stroking left-
arm spinner Sulieman Benn to the cover
boundary just before lunch for his second
On 102 for three at lunch, South Africa
scored heavily in the next session, reeling off
115 runs as both batsmen put West Indies
bowlers to the sword.
De Villiers moved into the 40s with two
consecutive boundaries off Cottrrell in the
bowler s tenth over before reaching his half-
century in streaky fashion, with a top edge
for four off Cottrell a couple overs later.
Amla also moved into the 40s with a streaky
shot over first slip off Cottrell and reached
his 50th Test match half-century with a single
to backward point off the ineffective Taylor.
He celebrated in the same over, whipping
the bowler through mid-wicket for four before
following up next ball with a superb drive to
the cover ropes.
Both batsmen were in sight of their centuries
at tea, with South Africa on 225 for three, and
de Villiers motored into the 90s with two
boundaries off Roach in the second over after
He eventually reached three figures with a
single to mid-off off Benn, off 137 balls with
14 fours and one six---a straight-ish hit off
Amla, meanwhile, whipped Roach to the
ropes at mid-wicket to move into the 90s and
then raised three figures in style---driving Benn
to the cover boundary and then cutting the
lanky spinner to the point boundary a couple
deliveries later. (CMC)
West Indies face an anxious overnight
wait on Kemar Roach s participation in
the rest of the first Test against South
Roach left the field midway through
the final session, in his 16th over, with
what has been confirmed as an ankle con-
cern. He was taken for scans and the
extent of the injury will only be known
on the morning of the second day.
One person who is hopeful Roach will
be able to take the field again is Sheldon
Cottrell, who is playing in just his second
Test after debuting more than a year ago
"I am very anxious to have him back.
I wouldn t mind it he is there in the morn-
ing," Cottrell said. "He has so much expe-
rience and because I am inexperienced,
he gives me pointers."
Roach did not open the bowling because
West Indies preferred to go with the left-
arm option of Cottrell but made an impact
soon after he was brought on.
In his third over, Roach made the first
breakthrough to give West Indies their
only period of control on the day. Three
wickets fell without conceding a run in
15 balls, one to Cottrell, who admitted
things did not go according to plan as
closely as West Indies would have liked.
"My game plan was bowl a good-
enough length to disturb the batsmen
with the inswinger, because it has been
said that South Africa is a bit iffy when
coming out against a left arm pace bowler,"
he said. "It was moving quite a bit. I didn t
have the control that I really wanted.
There was a lot of moisture in the wicket.
We were struggling to find lengths and
Although Cottrell found movement and
troubled the batsmen with it, he was
inconsistent in his lengths. So was Jerome
Taylor, who Cottrell said was a "wonderful
bowler, who could come right at any
minute," which left West Indies with only
Roach to do damage.
He should have had a third wicket when
a delivery in the first over after lunch
shaved Hashim Amla s off stump and
shook the bail but did not dislodge it.
"We saw the funny side of it. We were
like Oh damn. But that disappeared very
quickly," Cottrell said.
That half-chance was the last hope
West Indies had of justifying their captain s
decision to bowl in helpful conditions.
Their lack of discipline meant that even
when they threatened, it was not for long
enough periods to concern everyone in
South Africa s line-up. The top three were
rattled but AB de Villiers and Amla were
not. They drained the West Indian attack
with a dominant showing, which over-
powered a tiring opposition pack.
Cottrell rated their performance a five
out of ten but remained hopeful they
could increase that on the second day.
"The guys came up with a number of
plans, it just didn t work. Our boys really
worked hard today," he said. "We are a
bit down but we are not out, we are still
in it." (ESPNcricinfo)
Amla, de Villiers floor
West Indies' bowler Kemar Roach, foreground celebrates after dismissing South Africa's
batsman Faf du Plessis, for a duck, on day one of the first cricket Test match between South
Africa and the West Indies, at Centurion Park in Pretoria, South Africa, yesterday. South Africa
closed on 340-3. AP PHOTO
SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings
APetersencSmithbRoach . . . . . . . . . .27
DElgarcSamuelsbCottrell . . . . . . . . . .28
FduPlessiscwkpRamdinbRoach . . . .0
TOTAL(3wkts,91overs). . . . . . . . . . . .340
To bat: S van Zyl, +Q de Kock, V Philander,
D Steyn, M Morkel, K Abbott
Fall of wickets: 1-57, 2-57, 3-57.
Bowling: Taylor 16.1-2-77-0, Cottrell 17-1-
74-1 (w1, nb1), Roach 15.5-4-52-2 (w1),
Benn 30-5-82-0, Samuels 11-0-45-0,
WEST INDIES: D Ramdin (captain), K
Brathwaite, D Smith, L Johnson, M
Samuels, S Chanderpaul, J Blackwood, J
Taylor, K Roach, S Cottrell, S Benn.
To ss : West Indies.
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Billy Bowden;
TV: Paul Reiffel.
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