Dec 30, 2014
Persistent rain throughout the fifth day forced a draw in the second of the three-match Test series at Port Elizabeth on Tuesday between South Africa and West Indies. The draw helped South Africa keep the 1-0 lead in the series with a victory in the first game at Centurion by an innings and 220 runs.
West Indies won the toss and elected to field first as South Africa started on a flying note on Day 1 with opener, Dean Elgar scoring his third Test century before being dismissed off Kenroy Peters for 121, being the debut wicket for Peters. He was also followed by Faf du Plessis for his fourth century in the second day and was dismissed for 103 by Jerome Taylor. Both put up a 179-run stand for the second wicket before play was suspended for the day after just six overs being bowled.
Following their dismissal, South African batsmen couldn’t capitalise well enough as skipper, Hashim Amla could contribute only 33 while the other batsmen were dismissed for cheap. However, it was fast-bowler, Dale Steyn who surprised everyone with a quick-fire 58 off 28 deliveries, becoming the second South African and seventh batsman in the world to score fastest Test fifty. Following his dismissal, South Africa declared their innings on 417 for the loss of eight on Day 3.
West Indies were off to a solid start as openers Devon Smith and Kraigg Brathwaite put up the 50-run stand for the opening wicket before smith was dismissed on 22 and Leon Johnson too followed him the next delivery for a golden duck. However, team’s middle-order batsman and senior pro, Marlon Samuels took charge until Day 4 when they put up a whopping 176-run stand for the third-wicket. Both scored their respective centuries as well.
However, their celebrations didn’t last long as Brathwaite and Samuels were dismissed consecutively for 106 and 101 respectively. Following their departure, none of the other West Indian bowlers were able to contribute much with the bat as leg-spinner, Imran Tahir and fast-bowler, Morne Morkel dismissed most of the batsmen for cheap as West Indies were down to the final pair before rain interrupted again on Day 4.
The fifth day saw the play getting abandoned without a ball being bowled as persistent rain played spoil sport and saved West Indies from another and possible humiliating defeat. The post-match presentation ceremony saw Braithwaite claiming the man of the match award for his brilliant innings of 106.
South Africa 417 for 8 decl. (Dean Elgar 121, Faf du Plessis 103; Kenroy Peters 2 for 69, Shannon Gabriel 2 for 80) lead West Indies 275 for 9 (Kraigg Brathwaite 106, Marlon Samuels 101; Morne Morkel 4 for 69, Imaran Tahir 3 for 108) by 142 runs.