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The second Test between South Africa and the West Indies in Port Elizabeth ended as a draw after the rain refused to relent on the final day.
In fact, the West Indies’ overnight score of 275/9 failed to change as not a single ball was bowled during day five.
West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin was pleased to see some improvement from his side after the first Test, and said: “Brilliant hundreds from Samuels and Brathwaite, but then we faltered. We bowled the right areas, created some chances, but the fielding needs more work. Having said that, there are some positives out of the game and hopefully we can do some good things in the next Test. Kraigg stood up really well, as did Marlon. Hopefully we can continue the improvement. Shiv and myself are keen to get some runs.”
South Africa skipper Hashim Amla was disappointed that the weather continued to intervene during the match, and said: “Dean and Faf batted really well, 400 on the board was a decent effort. Morne has been doing exceptionally well for quite a while, he doesn’t always get the accolades [he deserves] and he got us in a really good position. The wicket was a better wicket to bat on [than Centurion], but the West Indies batted well [also]. Then we forced a collapse. We’ve played good cricket in Cape Town over recent years.”
West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite was named Man of the Match, and said: “I’m quite happy. It was hard work, but I believed in myself. They are the No. 1 team in the world so I knew it wouldn’t be easy. The hard work paid off. It means a lot, growing up watching Test cricket it’s good to be here. A hundred against the best team is a good milestone. Batting with Marlon was good. I enjoyed every moment of it. Morkel’s spell was testing, but I knew I could fight hard.”