de Villiers, Prince put South Africa on top
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Ground:Kensington Oval, Bridgetown
Scorecard:West Indies v South Africa
Player:AB de Villiers, AG Prince, SJ Benn
Event:South Africa in West Indies 2010

DateLine: 28th June 2010


Fighting half centuries from de Villiers and Prince put South Africa on top in the third and final Test against West Indies. De Villiers fell in the final minutes of the play for 73, and Prince was unbeaten on 55, as the South Africans reached 285 for six, replying to West Indies' first innings total of 231.


South Africa captain Graeme Smith made a purposeful 70, and Jacques Kallis made 43 to prop up the visitors' batting.


The pair of De Villiers and Prince batted resolutely for nearly four hours in humid conditions to defy the West Indies attack, and put the Proteas back on track, after they slipped to 145 for five early in the afternoon session. The pair added 134 to establish a new record for South Africa against the hosts in Tests before De Villiers was caught behind off Sulieman Benn attempting a cut.


Benn was the pick of the West Indies' bowlers with four wickets for 59 runs from 31 overs.


Earlier, Smith fell just before lunch to Benn to bring West Indies back into the match. Smith departed, following a stand of 62 with Kallis for the fourth wicket, as the South Africans, resuming from their overnight total of 46 for two, reached 145 for four at the interval.


Smith reached his 50 from 79 balls. He survived an umpiring decision review for lbw to Benn, when he was 60, and had his sights set on his second hundred of the series. But the South African skipper gave a bat-pad catch to forward short leg just before lunch.


After lunch, South Africa suffered an immediate setback, when Kallis was dismissed from the last ball of the first over, following the interval. Kallis offered no stroke to an arm-ball from Benn, and was bowled for 43.


Prince joined de Villiers, and there were few alarms, as they carried South Africa to 203 for five at tea. After tea, de Villiers and Prince absorbed the pressure from the West Indies, and put South Africa in charge.


De Villiers reached his 50 from 131 balls, with a five that also formalised the lead for the South Africans.