By Ayush Gupta
Dec 25, 2014
As South Africa lock horns in the second of the three-Test series against the visiting Caribbeans at St George’s Park, they would look to seal the series with another victory. Being in the driver’s seat after a comfortable win by an innings and 220 runs at Centurion, South Africa are the clear favourites as they head into the second game.
South Africa’s batting has been sensational at Centurion. Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and debutant Stiaan van Zyl all scored centuries and helped South Africa post a total 552 for five. Amla slammed 208; de Villiers, 152; and van Zyl, an unbeaten 101. However, the top order failed to perform. They need to fire at St George’s Park.
With the ball, Dale Steyn rocked the West Indian batsmen with his fierce pace and ended up claiming six wickets in the second innings. Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel claimed five wickets apiece to bowl out West Indies for 201 and 131.
West Indies, on the other hand, failed in all departments. The bowlers were claimed five wickets, but at the cost of plenty. Kemar Roach and Sulieman Benn managed two wickets each while Sheldon Cottrell claimed the crucial wicket of Dean Elgar early in the innings.