West Indies rue missed opportunities against South Africa

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In the third and final Test match between South Africa and the West Indies, the tourists closed day one on 276/6.

It had been a frustrating day for both sides, with South Africa probably coming out of it slightly better off. Plenty of West Indian batsmen had starts, with Devon Smith hitting 47, while Marlon Samuels managed 43 but both failed to progress.


Despite just a second Test fifty for number 3, Leon Johnson, the side currently 1-0 down in the series found themselves 172-5 when Shivnarine Chanderpaul was dismissed for just nine.

But 50's from Jermaine Blackwood and captain Denesh Ramdin in a stand of 94 for the sixth wicket gave the Windies a respectable first innings score. Simon Harmer, a right-arm spinner, making his debut for South Africa impressed taking the wickets of Chanderpaul, Johnson and Smith.


Going into day two, the hosts will look to whittle out the remaining Windies wickets quickly, whilst they tourists will look to add to their total, with Blackwood still at the crease, surpassing 300 is a must if they are to have any chance of levelling the series.

Alongside Blackwood is West Indies new ODI captain Jason Holder who is not quite an all-rounder but can provide a little with the bat having hit two first class fifties.

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Chris Gayle
West Indies cricket
Dale Steyn
South Africa cricket

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