Straight after Tea, South Africa prized out five West Indian wickets to put the pressure straight back on the visitors.
First, captain Denesh Ramdin misread a googly from Imran Tahir and was caught in front of the stumps. The on-field umpire gave it out and Ramdin reviewed it. Replays indicated that the ball would have gone on to hit the top of leg-stump and the decision stayed.
Two balls later, another googly and Chanderpaul was dismissed trying to play a backfoot defense. Unfortunately for Chanders, the ball rolled back to knock off the bails.
Morne Morkel in the next over accounted for Jason Holder. A typical tail-enders dissmissal. The feet went neither front nor back and the thin outside edge was gobbled up by keeper-de Villiers. West Indies had gone from 231/2 to 265/7
In Tahir’s next over, Sulieman Benn slog-sweep his way out of trouble, misread the googly and the outside edge was taken by Alviro Petersen at first slip.
Debutant, Kenroy Peters, then was dismissed trying to get Jerome Taylor back on strike. Taylor nudged a Tahir delivery towards mid-wicket and set off. Peters responded to the call but appeared to take evasive action as the throw came in. That reduced his momentum and de Villiers whipped the bails off, catching the batsman short. WI were reduced to 275/9 before rain came pouring down in Port Elizabeth, symbolic of the sombre mood that had set in the West Indies camp.