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CRICKET: WI, South Africa share honours in Test match

Published:Friday | January 2, 2015 | 3:52 PM

The West Indies and South Africa shared honours at stumps on day one of the third and final Test against the hosts.

The Windies won the toss and Captain Denesh Ramdin fulfilled his promise by having the team bat first in Cape Town.

At the close of play the Caribbean side reached 276/6.

And there were useful contributions from most of the top order spoiled by some cheap dismissals.

Opener Devon Smith made 47, Leon Johnson rode his luck to a half-century but was later out lbw for 54 and Marlon Samuels, centurion from the drawn second Test, made 43.

Meanwhile, frustration continues for Shiv Chanderpaul as he failed to get among the runs after being dismissed for nine and Kraigg Brathwaite, the other opener went for seven.

Captain Ramdin was the last wicket of the day, falling for 53 moments after the Proteas took the second new ball.

His wicket ended a 94-run partnership with Blackwood.

South Africa’s Simon Harmer was the chief wicket taker, taking three for 67 runs, Dale Steyn picked up two wickets and Stiaan van Zyl one.

South Africa lead the three Test series 1-0.

The West Indies made one change to their line up bringing back batsman Blackwood for left-arm seamer Kenroy Peters to bolster the lower-order batting.

The attack remains a three-seamer, one-spinner.

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