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SA vs WI. Third Test, Cape Town, Jan.2-6
« on: January 03, 2015, 05:45:58 AM »


Updates here.

WI bowled out for 329.
SA 74/1.

Thank God they went with six batsmen this time.


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Re: SA vs WI. Third Test, Cape Town, Jan.2-6
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2015, 05:51:01 AM »
http://www.trinidadexpress.com/sports/Ramdin-Blackwood-inspire-fightback-287381271.html

Blackwood, Ramdhin, lead fightback.

Captain Denesh Ramdin stroked his first half-century in just over a year and rookie Jermaine Blackwood was eyeing his third in five Test outings, as West Indies produced a gallant fightback against world number one South Africa here yesterday.

At the close on the opening day of the Third and final Test, West Indies were 276 for six, with Blackwood unbeaten on 45 and Jason Holder not out on five. Ramdin perished for 53 about half-hour before the close, after putting on 94 for the sixth wicket with Blackwood.

The partnership was critical after the tourists, perched on 172 for four at tea, lost veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul without adding to his tea time score of nine, to the first ball after the break. However, Ramdin struck six fours off 103 balls in 113 minutes at the crease while Blackwood has so far counted five fours off 102 deliveries, as they denied the South African attack any major success in the final session at Newlands.

Debutant off-spinner Colin Harmer has been the best bowler with three for 67 while fast bowler Dale Steyn has taken two for 59. Earlier, Leon Johnson struck his second Test half-century but Marlon Samuels missed out on one, as West Indies suffered key setbacks during the second session.
The left-handed Johnson, unbeaten on 24 at lunch with West Indies on 80 for two, scored 54 before falling lbw to Harmer about 50 minutes after the resumption. He faced 84 balls in 109 minutes and struck nine fours, adding 51 with Samuels who made 43 before gifting his wicket, 15 minutes before tea.
Looking at ease against the South African attack, Samuels gave Stiaan van Zyl his first wicket in Tests when he lazily drove the first ball of the part-time medium pacerís first over to Faf du Plessis at cover. Samuels faced 70 deliveries in 109 minutes and counted six fours.
Johnson had earlier added 50 for the second wicket with opener Devon Smith who made 47 before falling on the stroke of lunch, bowled by Harmer.

Smith and Kraigg Brathwaite, who made just seven, put on 30 for the first wicket after West Indies won the toss and opted to bat, making good headway against the hostsí new ball attack of Steyn and seamer Vernon Philander.

The left-handed Smith started positively, driving Steyn to the cover boundary and pulling him square for another four, in the fifth over of the morning. Brathwaite cut Philander to the point boundary in the dayís tenth over but departed four overs later when he edged Steyn to Dean Elgar at gully as he pushed hard off the back foot.

Smith and Johnson then impressed with an enterprising stand. Johnson got off the mark with a pull for four off Steyn but it was Smith who took centre stage, punching Steyn sweetly past mid-off and following up in the next over from Morkel with another attractive drive to the cover boundary.
He was in sight of his sixth Test half-century when he attempted to cut one too close to him off the last ball before lunch, and was bowled by Hamer. Smith hit eight fours off 86 balls in two hours at the crease.
Johnson, who had gathered two boundaries off Hamerís third over prior to lunch, made good progress after the break in tandem with Samuels. He pulled Steyn for four and repeated the shot against Philander to move into the 40s. When Harmer was re-introduced, he greeted him with a drive to the cover ropes, to raise his half-century.

Johnson was growing in confidence when he was trapped lbw to Harmer at 131 for three and Samuels added 31 with a sedate Chanderpaul before falling with a half-century looming. When Chanderpaul was stumped down the leg-side off the first ball after tea, West Indies had lost three wickets for 41 runs and in danger of the now familiar collapse.

However, Ramdin and Blackwood repelled the Proteas attack, to haul West Indies back into the game. The right-handed Ramdin got off the mark with a streaky boundary to third man off Harmer before taking two successive boundaries off Morkel behind square on the off side.
He was unbeaten on 38 at the final drinks break and boundaries off Harmer and Philander took him to 49 before a couple to cover saw him to 12th Test half-century. Disappointingly, he fell four overs later, getting a leading edge back to Steyn off the bowlerís second ball of a new spell.
The 23-year-old Blackwood, on seven at tea, survived a difficult chance to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers off Harmer on 13 in the fifth over after the break, but made the most of the opportunity.
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Re: SA vs WI. Third Test, Cape Town, Jan.2-6
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2015, 02:47:35 PM »

WI hanging on



Game on at Newlands



AB de Villiers produced the outstanding innings that the Cape Town Test craved, but even his redoubtable efforts have yet to shake off West Indies. Facing a first-innings deficit of 92 runs at tea on the third day, they battled doggedly to clip that deficit to four runs by the close of the day. Eight wickets still stand. It has been a respectable effort.

If one leading bookmaker regarded West Indies as 12-1 outsiders at change of innings, it owed as much to the perceived imbalance between these two sides as the state of the game. Those odds had tightened markedly by the close. If this dry, cracked surface deteriorates at the right time for West Indies, they are still in this game. As yet, despite occasional uneven bounce and some slow turn, it is biding its time.

De Villiers' 148, his 21st Test hundred, was a gem. He was last out, finally silenced when he tried to deposit Marlon Samuels into the crowd and Shannon Gabriel caught him, second attempt, at long-on. He had become the first batsman to make good his start after eight had fallen between 42 and 68, most because of a lapse in concentration. But West Indies had hung in the match by removing the last five wickets for 37 runs in 14 overs.

De Villiers' progression to his century was another career highlight. In six balls, he introduced the reverse sweep, once and for all, into polite society: at least when he accompanies it anyway. Perhaps it takes the No. 1 ranked Test batsman in the world to play the shot with no sense of risk when a century is on his mind, a first-innings lead is beckoning and a Test is in the balance on a testing surface. Or perhaps it was all done by computer graphics.

De Villiers achieved that mood in one memorable over against Samuels, moving from 87 to 103 as he took 16 off the over, 10 of them with reverse sweeps so authoritative that had they been witnessed for the first time the shot would have seemed as politic as the straightest of forward defensives.





He displayed his rare ability to meld two distinct forms of the game, to introduce a daring approach borne of T20 cricket into a Test in the balance without the merest hint of ill-judgment. First came an assessment of the field, then a perfectly-timed adjustment of his bottom hand, finally a faultless execution. He fancies he can attack Samuels: it was both forthright and appropriate.

Quite why Samuels was bowling the fourth over after lunch with the Test so keenly poised and the second new ball only 15 overs old was a mystery, even allowing for West Indies' limited options. He didn't bowl another one. De Villiers welcomed him with a crease-scrubbing reversed sweep for four, rocked back to cut the next ball to the boundary, and polished off the over with another reverse - his third - which scooted away to the fence.

With South Africa still 102 behind at start of play, and a new ball just over 10 overs away, it was a period in which a lack of concentration could hand over the initiative. Fortunately for West Indies, Samuels' start to the day - three successive desultory full tosses - did not set the tone.

A ball change five overs into the day provided succour. Holder immediately dismissed Amla, finding just enough away movement from a tight line to find the edge. At the non-striker's end, de Villiers shook his head, not just at the wicket but at recognition that his job had become harder. Holder, recognising the opportunity, tightened his line and bowled the best spell of the match, finally resembling a third seamer's worth.

It was a tough entrance for Temba Bavuma, the diminutive kid from Langa, a Cape Town township, playing in only his second Test; the first black African batsman to play Tests for South Africa. A push through mid-on to get off the mark was warmly greeted. But Gabriel picked up Bavuma in his second over, the batsman playing on, minded to leave.

When West Indies were not confronted by de Villiers, they fell foul of some mediocre umpiring. Quite how Sulieman Benn maintained a sunny disposition when Simon Harmer was not given out for his own version of the reverse sweep was a mystery.

Harmer swept the left-arm spinner out of the rough and, although umpire Paul Reiffel declared not out, a West Indies review clearly showed the ball deflecting off the glove as it looped up to the wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin. The TV umpire, Billy Bowden, was not convinced. West Indies were bemused. Gentle Ben was a TV series in the 1960s involving an orphaned bear, but for a few seconds there seemed to be the chance of a remake.

It fitted a frustrating pattern for Benn as South Africa edged towards supremacy. Van Zyl's unconvincing innings ended on 33 when he fell lbw to Samuels, but he needed two reviews to get that far. A South Africa review spared him when he padded up to Benn and then West Indies failed to overturn a decision when he botched a sweep. Finally, they got him - but even that needed a review.

De Villiers apart, South Africa's first innings malfunctioned. Vernon Philander was run out without scoring, failing to steal a single to Jason Holder at midwicket; Harmer's debut innings ended when he fell lbw to Jerome Taylor; and Steyn became the third South Africa batsman to be run out, well short as Leon Johnson hit direct from mid-off.

There was much work for West Indies' batsmen to do to complete a battling day; indeed, a battling Test. When Morne Morkel had Devon Smith caught at the wicket and Kraigg Braithwaite was bowled by Harmer - his first few overs showing good, attacking purpose - it looked bleak for West Indies, but Johnson and Samuels saw out the final 20 overs to leave this Test still full of possibilities.
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Re: SA vs WI. Third Test, Cape Town, Jan.2-6
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2015, 10:29:34 AM »
From 201/4 to 213/8.

West Indies Cricket....

Why do I bother?

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Re: SA vs WI. Third Test, Cape Town, Jan.2-6
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2015, 11:53:23 AM »

 lol, waiting in vain for some guts
Ah want de woman on de bass

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Re: SA vs WI. Third Test, Cape Town, Jan.2-6
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2015, 05:21:40 PM »
When the score was 200/4. I thought this is isn't bad. A 350 would be attainable for most teams....but knowing WI they go out for less than 300. FIFTEEN runs later, all out.  :(

Ahh well, it might rain plenty tmrw.
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Re: SA vs WI. Third Test, Cape Town, Jan.2-6
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2015, 09:05:49 PM »
What is new in Windies Cricket?

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Re: SA vs WI. Third Test, Cape Town, Jan.2-6
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2015, 06:13:30 AM »
What is new in Windies Cricket?

Ravi Ramapaul lost 2 lbs.

Stay tuned.

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