South Africa draw with West Indies after 5th day wash-out

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The second Test match between South Africa and the West Indies has been declared a draw after the fifth day was completely washed out.

The weather in Port Elizabeth had caused disruption in previous days, with just 201 overs being bowled.


Much like the first test, where South Africa won by an innings and 220 runs, the hosts had the early advantage, hundreds from Dean Elgar (121) and Francois de Plessis (103) took them to 226-1, but wickets then tumbled with key batsmen Hashim Amla (33) and AB de Villiers (10) falling cheaply, whilst debutant Temba Bavuma could only must 10 runs.

A late flurry of runs from Dale Steyn (58 off 28), moved South Africa to 417/8, at which they declared. Kenroy Peters, in his first test match was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2-69, including the wicket of Elgar.


The Windies reply was much more impressive than in the first test, a stand of 176 for the second wicket between Kraigg Brathwaite (106) and Marlon Samuels (101) put the tourists at 231-2, but in a similar vein to South Africa, wickets fell quickly after the partnership was broken, losing 7 wickets for just 44 runs, with Morne Morkel taking 4-69 as the West Indies finished Day 4 275-9.

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Poor drainage at the ground in the Eastern Cape Province was too blame for the lack of play and after the game was finally called off at around 1:00 pm local time, the game was declared a draw with Kraigg Brathwaite being named man of the match.

The third and final test will begin on January 2nd and is taking place in Cape Town, with the weather not expected to be as much of an issue.

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