South Africa vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 3: Brathwaite and Samuels keep West Indies alive

Brathwaite played some beautiful shots during his unbeaten innings of 65

Brathwaite played some beautiful shots during his unbeaten innings of 65

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West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite and all-rounder Marlon Samuels scored 65 and 60 respectively to keep their side alive against South Africa on the third day of the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

However, South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn deserves a lot of credit for his highly entertaining knock of 58.

After the game was delayed for short while due to a wet outfield, South Africa captain Hashim Amla and batsman AB de Villiers were only able to add 11 runs to their 15-run partnership before Amla was given out lbw off the bowling of Jason Holder for 33.

De Villiers went on to score 10 runs before he was clean bowled by Jerome Taylor.

Debutant Temba Bavuma also made 10 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel.

Stiaan van Zyl managed to make 29 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of debutant Kenroy Peters.

Steyn and Vernon Philander amassed a 69-run partnership, during which Steyn brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Holder at long-on off the bowling of Sulieman Benn.

Steyn’s quickfire knock of 58 came off 28 balls and included six boundaries and five sixes.

Steyn equalled the record for the fourth-fastest half-century in Test history

Steyn equalled the record for the fourth-fastest half-century in Test history

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Following Steyn’s dismissal, Amla decided to declare with his side on 417/8.

Taylor, Peters and Gabriel picked up two wickets apiece, while Benn and Holder chipped in with one wicket each.

Trailing by 417, the West Indies got off to a good start as Brathwaite and Devon Smith amassed a 55-run partnership before Smith was caught by Amla at first slip off the bowling of Morne Morkel.

Morkel struck again the very next ball as Leon Johnson was caught by du Plessis at third slip for a golden duck.

It was all West Indies from this point on as Brathwaite and Samuels put together an unbeaten 92-run partnership, during which both batsmen registered their half-centuries, before stumps was called.

Brathwaite finished on 65 off 125 balls, which included eight boundaries, while Samuels remained undefeated on 60 off 92 deliveries, which included nine boundaries.

Samuels hit nine boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 60

Samuels hit nine boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 60

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Morkel was the only South Africa bowler to take any wickets.

The West Indies ended day three on 147/2 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 08:30 GMT.

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