Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 19th 2014 Contents A62
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CENTURION---Captain Hashim Amla lashed
a third career double century and Stiaan van
Zyl stroked a hundred on debut, to propel
South Africa to an imposing total but rain
prevented the hosts from ramming home the
advantage on the second day of the opening
Test against West Indies here yesterday.
Revelling in good conditions and a muted
Windies attack, South Africa rattled up 552
for five before declaring just before tea, with
the prolific Amla leading the way with 208
and van Zyl unfurling a breezy, unbeaten 101.
However, any hopes of getting at the chron-
ically brittle West Indies top order were quickly
scuppered as heavy rain swept across Super-
Sport Park, erasing any chance of play for the
remainder of the day.
After five sessions in the field and with little
to show for their efforts, the wash-out would
have come as a relief for the Windies but a
massive disappointment to the Proteas who
took command of the contest with another
emphatic batting display.
Resuming on 340 for three, Amla and van
Zyl proved the catalysts of South Africa s
healthy progress after AB de Villiers fell inside
the first hour of the morning after adding just
ten to his overnight 141.
De Villiers consumed 235 deliveries in a
shade over 5-1/4 hours and counted 16 fours
and two sixes, posting a record 308 for the
fourth wicket with Amla.
He punched left-arm seamer Sheldon Cot-
trell down the ground for a couple in the day s
fifth over to raise the 300-run partnership
and then celebrated with a back-foot drive to
the cover boundary two balls later.
A single in the next over from Sulieman
Benn saw him reach 150 for the ninth time
in his career but he perished in the left-arm
spinner s next over, taken at backward point
by Jermaine Blackwood, trying to punch a
flighted delivery through the off-side.
Again, the breakthrough only served to raise
false hopes for the Windies as Amla and van
Zyl then combined in a 155-run, fifth wicket
partnership to further extend the Windies
sorrows, and take their side to lunch at 449
The right-handed Amla, resuming on 133,
moved to 178 at the first interval, playing with
complete assurance against an attack missing
fast bowler Kemar Roach who failed to recover
from an ankle injury sustained late on the
In cruise mode by now, Amla survived a
dropped chance by Blackwood at mid-wicket
off Taylor on 180 to complete his double cen-
tury on the stroke of the first hour after lunch,
when he clipped Cottrell to mid-wicket for
The knock followed his monumental unbeat-
en 311 against England at The Oval two years
ago and an unbeaten 253 against India in Nag-
pur in 2010.
His knock was the highest by a South
African against West Indies and also the highest
by a Proteas skipper at home.
KINGSTON---Pacer Krishmar Santokie says
he is disappointed but not worried that he
was released by the Indian Premier League
(IPL) outfit Mumbai Indians ahead of the
next season of the prestigious T20 tourna-
The Jamaican bowler was among five
Caribbean players released by their IPL fran-
chises, with the new season set to bowl off
"I feel a bit disappointed, but I am not overly
concerned as I did not play many games," said
Santokie, who was dropped after playing two
matches and ending with figures of two for
24 and one for 24
"I played in only two of 14 for the season,
and knew that if I had got more opportunities,
I would make more of an impression".
The 29-year-old has been joined by West
Indies Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy and
pacers Ravi Rampaul, Jason Holder and Kevon
Cooper, as players who will be seeking a new
franchise for the upcoming IPL season.
The IPL draft will be staged early next year.
"It is also my first season," said Santokie.
"And going into the draft next year, I know
that if I am to continue to do well with the
West Indies, I should stand another chance".
Santokie, who last represented the West
Indies in August against Bangladesh, is a poten-
tial candidate for the regional squad ahead of
their Twenty20 clash with South Africa.
West Indies are scheduled to play the Proteas
in three Twenty20 Internationals immediately
following their ongoing three-match Test
Assad Fudadin has been ruled out of the
ongoing three-match Test Series against
South Africa due to injury, the West Indies
Cricket Board (WICB) announced yester-
The 29-year-old Guyanese batsman suf-
fered a fracture of the little finger on his
right hand during warm-up on the opening
day of the first Test on Wednesday.
He underwent surgery late Wednesday,
the WICB said in a release.
WICB says a replacement player will be
named in the coming days.
Fudadin, who played threeTests in 2012
against England and New Zealand, was
selected as a replacement for Darren Bravo
who pulled out of the tour citing personal
BRISBANE---West Indies legspinner
Samuel Badree has been ruled out of
the Big Bash League due to a shoulder
The T&T cricketer, who will undergo
surgery, was set to turn out for Brisbane
Heat in the Australian Twenty20 league,
which began yesterday.
"It is very unfortunate for Samuel,
who was looking forward to playing in
the BBL with us and would have been
an exciting player to watch for our fans,"
said Heat general manager Andrew
"We wish him a speedy and successful
Former England allrounder Andrew
Flintoff and New Zealand left-arm spin-
ner Daniel Vettori are now the Heat s
only two international signings this year.
ADELAIDE---Kieron Pollard s Adelaide
Strikers scored a big win over Melbourne
Stars in the opening match of the Big
Bash League here yesterday.
The West Indies all-rounder was not
among the wickets or runs as Strikers
thrashed Stars by eight wickets with 45
balls remaining at Adelaide Oval.
Strikers reached 149 for two in reply to
Stars 148 for seven in front of a record
crowd for an opening Big Bash match.
Pollard s two overs leaked 23 runs includ-
ing two consecutive sixes of debutant Kevin
Pietersen appeared to haul the Stars to
a competitive total, top scoring with 66 of
44 balls but wickets fell at regular intervals
in the final ten overs.
Strikers got off to an explosive start to
the run chase, powered by a brutal fifty
from their wicketkeeper and opening bats-
man Tim Ludeman.
Luderman s half century was the fastest
in BBL history off only 18 balls and he was
unbeaten on 92 off 44 balls when the game
ended in the 13th over.
Amla, van Zyl heap
misery on Windies
SOUTH AFRICA 1st Inns
Alviro Petersen c Smith b Roach . . . . . .27
DeanElgarcSamuelsbCottrell . . . . . . .28
FafduPlessiscRamdinbRoach . . . . . . . .0
HashimAmlacTaylorbBenn . . . . . . . .208
AB de Villiers c Blackwood b Benn . . . .152
TOTAL: (for 5 wickets declared) . . . . . .552
Fall of wickets: 1-57, 2-57, 3-57, 4-365, 5-
Bowling: Jerome Taylor 26.1-5-108-0,
Sheldon Cottrell 28-1-124-1, Kemar Roach
15.5-4-52-2, Sulieman Benn 46-7-148-2,
Marlon Samuels 20-0-89-0, Kraigg
Brathwaite 1-0-2-0, Jermaine Blackwood
To s s : West Indies.
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan, and Billy
Bowden, New Zealand.
TV umpire: Paul Reiffel, Australia.
Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle, S Lanka
Santokie disappointed but not worried about IPL release
West Indies bowler Sulieman Benn, left,
celebrates with teammates after dismissing
South Africa's batsman AB de Villiers for 152
runs on the second day of their 1st cricket
test match at Centurion Park in Pretoria,
South Africa, yesterday. AP PHOTO
open Big Bash
with a bang
Injury rules Fudadin
out of SA series
out of Big Bash
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