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Philander-Morkel show puts South Africa on top

The West Indies was all out for 202 and reached 76 for 2, trailing by 275, after South Africa enforced follow on on third day

Philander-Morkel show puts South Africa on top - Cricket News
Philander took 2 for 2 in four overs in his second spell, finishing with 4 for 29 in the first innings.
Vernon Philander ran through the West Indian batting line-up and put South Africa in pole position on the third day of the first Test at SuperSport Park on Friday (December 19). Philander returned figures of 4 for 29 as the West Indies was bowled out for 201 and was forced to follow on. The West Indies ended the day at 76 for 2, 351 runs behind South Africa's first-innings total of 552 for 5 declared, still requiring 275 runs to avoid an innings defeat. 

Philander also snapped up Devon Smith early in the second innings, accounting for his wicket for the second time in the day. 

Earlier, openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Smith gave the team a good start, sharing a 72-run stand before Philander dismissed both in successive overs. Philander took 2 for 2 in four overs in his second spell. 

After lunch, Kyle Abbott accounted for Leon Johnson (31) while Morne Morkel had Marlon Samuels dismissed for 33. 

The West Indies would have had its hopes pinned on Shivnarine Chanderpaul, but Philander returned to dismiss him for 21, with Jermaine Blackwood falling in the last over before tea. The rest of the batting too faltered in the final session. 

Morkel finished with 3 for 55 after dismissing Jerome Taylor and Sheldon Cottrell, while Kemar Roach did not bat after suffering an ankle injury while bowling. 

The openers could not replicate what they did in the first innings, with Smith departing for 5 while Brathwaite was out for 20. 

Meanwhile, substitute fielders Temba Bavuma and Robin Peterson fielded all day after wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock sprained his right ankle and Faf du Plessis was off the field due to illness. 

To review the West Indies v South Africa match in full, please click here.

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