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De Villiers ton gives South Africa edge

Published:Monday | January 5, 2015 | 1:00 AM
South Africas A.B. de Villiers celebrates after reaching hundred against the West Indies in the third Test in Cape Town, South Africa, yesterday.
Devon Smith (right) leads the appeal as South Africas Stiaan van Zyl (left) falls leg before wicket to West Indies spinner Marlon Samuels during the third Test in Cape Town, South Africa, yesterday. At centre is West Indies captain and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.-AP
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CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP):Leon Johnson and Marlon Samuels dug in to keep the West Indies in touch after A.B. de Villiers century gave South Africa the initiative on Day Three of the third and final Test at Newlands yesterday.

Johnson and Samuels put on an unbroken 61 for the third wicket to rescue West Indies from the perilous position of 27-2 and leave them on 88 for two at stumps, trailing South Africa by four runs.

De Villiers withering assault brought him 148 from 194 balls, and gave South Africa a healthy first-innings lead as they were bowled out for 421.

Morne Morkel and Simon Harmer then removed the West Indian openers in the first hour after the tea break, but Johnson made 37 not out and Samuels scored 26 to haul the tourists towards parity.

Theyre going to have to bat last. Its important for two of our batsmen to really dig in, and if two of our batsmen can get centuries then we could see a really interesting match, West Indies manager Richie Richardson said.

De Villiers on 32

South Africas intention to move the game along was clear when they began the day on 227-3 with De Villiers on 32, as he hit his first ball to the boundary before going to his half-century in just 70 deliveries.

The only way the West Indies were able to contain South Africa was by chipping away at the other batsmen, starting with Hashim Amla who added just eight runs to his overnight score of 55 before he edged a Jason Holder delivery behind.

The West Indies took the second new ball eight overs later, and it had the desired effect when rookie batsman Temba Bavumas indecision saw him play on off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel for 15.

However, De Villiers motored on, and enjoyed a purple patch after lunch when he added 28 runs in 15 balls.

That included 16 runs from one Marlon Samuels over, which saw South Africa move past the West Indies total of 329 and De Villiers reach his century in 144 balls.

full of talent

The man is a master. Hes full of talent and he just showed everyone how good he is, Richardson said. He adapted to the conditions and played accordingly. Even though hes someone that we like to watch bat, you dont want him to be at the crease for too long.

Despite De Villiers quick scoring, the West Indies were able to have a productive second session thanks to two run-outs and two wickets from Marlon Samuels.

At 384 for five South Africa looked set for a huge total, but the off-spinner trapped Stiaan van Zyl leg before wicket for 33 before Vernon Philander was run out without scoring in the next over.

That pattern repeated with Simon Harmer out leg before wicket to Jerome Taylor for 10 and Dale Steyn run out for a duck, before De Villiers had one last hurrah and then perished trying to hit Samuels over long on.

SCOREBOARD

WEST INDIES 1st innings 329

SOUTH AFRICA 1st Innings

(overnight 227 for three)

H. Amla c wkp Ramdin b Holder 63
+AB de Villiers not out 32
T. Bavuma b Gabriel 15
S. van Zyl lbw b Samuels 33
V. Philander run out 0
S. Harmer lbw b Taylor 10
D. Steyn run out 0
M. Morkel not out 4
Extras: (lb7, w13, nb10) 30
Total: (all out, 122.4 overs) 421

Fall of wickets: 1-48, 2-104, 3-157, 4-254, 5-288, 6-384, 7-385, 8-404, 9-408, 10-421.

Bowling: Taylor 20-2-80-0, Gabriel 17-2-64-0, Holder 24-4-87-2, Samuels 16.4-0-68-2, Benn 45-9-115-1.

WEST INDIES 2nd innings

D. Smith c wk de Villiers b Morkel 7
K. Brathwaite b Harmer 16
L. Johnson not out 37
M. Samuels not out 26

Extras: (lb2) 2

Total: (2 wickets, 34 overs) 88

Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-27.

Bowling: Steyn 10-2-31-0, Philander 9-3-17-0, Morkel 6-3-10-1, Harmer 9-4-28-1.

Position: West Indies trail by four runs with eight wickets intact.

Toss: West Indies.

Umpires: Aleem Dar, P Reiffel; TV - B Bowden.