South Africa are nearing victory in the third and final test match against the West Indies. In a rain disrupted morning session, Morne Morkel made the crucial breakthrough, ending a promising partnership between Leon Johnson and Marlon Samuels, with Johnson departing for 44.
However another partnership began to blossom following that dismissal, Samuels added a further 87 for the fourth wicket alongside Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Samuels reached his 21st test fifty before being caught off the bowling of spinner Simon Harmer, who continued to impress on debut, taking figures of 4-82.
Following Samuels’s dismissal, the West Indies collapsed, with their last six men in mustering just 22 runs between them.
Despite a fifty from Chanderpaul, the tourists were all out for 215, with Dale Steyn (3-75) and Morne Morkel (2-18), along with Harmer doing the damage with the ball.
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This meant that South Africa required 124 runs for victory.
Chances may be slim of a West Indies win from this point but they did make an early breakthrough, Sulieman Benn’s delivery rattling the stumps of Alviro Petersen, leaving the hosts 9/1, meaning that they need 115 runs on the final day in order to secure victory in the test match and with it the series.