South Africa vs West Indies 1st Test Day 2: Amla and van Zyl wear West Indies down

Amla made the highest score by a South African captain on home soil

Amla made the highest score by a South African captain on home soil

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South Africa captain Hashim Amla scored a double hundred and debutant Stiaan van Zyl made a century as they continued to wear the West Indies down on the second day of the first Test in Centurion.

Starting out the day on 340/3, Amla and AB de Villiers converted their 283-run partnership into a 308-run partnership before de Villiers was caught by Jermaine Blackwood at point off the bowling of Sulieman Benn.

De Villiers’ fantastic knock of 152 came off 235 balls and included 16 boundaries and two sixes.

Amla and van Zyl kept the runs flowing with a 155-run partnership, during which Amla brought up his third double century and van Zyl his half-century, before Amla was caught by Jerome Taylor at long-on off the bowling of Benn.

Amla’s superb innings of 208, which is the highest score by a South African captain on home soil, came off 371 deliveries and included 22 boundaries.

Van Zyl and Quinton de Kock amassed an unbeaten 32-run partnership, during which van Zyl registered his maiden Test century, before Amla decided to declare with his side on 552/5.

Van Zyl finished on 101 off 130 balls, which included 15 boundaries, while de Kock remained undefeated on 18 off 15 deliveries, which included two sixes.

Van Zyl celebrates after scoring his maiden Test century on debut

Van Zyl celebrates after scoring his maiden Test century on debut

Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo

Benn and Kemar Roach picked up two wickets apiece, while Sheldon Cottrell chipped in with one.

However, during the innings break, the heavens parted and play was delayed for a while.

With the rain refusing to relent, the umpires had no choice but to bring play to an end early on day two.

The West Indies will start their innings tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT.

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