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Brathwaite, Samuels defy South Africa

Duo in 92-run stand as West Indies reaches 144 for 2 in reply to host's 417 for 8 declared

Brathwaite, Samuels defy South Africa - Cricket News
Kraigg Brathwaite hit eight fours, but more importantly batted for 44 overs.
West Indies defied South Africa on the third day of the second Test at St George's Park on Sunday (December 28) after Kraigg Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels hit half-centuries to lead its fightback. 
 
Brathwaite was unbeaten on 65 while Samuels was on 60 as West Indies reached 144 for 2 in reply to South Africa's 417 for 8 declared before bad light ended play with 16 overs remaining after rain had delayed the start of play by an hour. 
 
Morne Morkel picked up wickets in successive deliveries, first ending a 55-run opening partnership between Brathwaite and Devon Smith and then having Leon Johnson edging the next delivery. 


 
With most of day two lost to rain, South Africa hoped for quick runs but West Indies picked up four wickets before lunch when play began late. While just 80 runs were scored in the morning, Dale Steyn smashed a quick-fire 58 off 28 balls with six fours and five sixes after lunch. Hashim Amla declared the South African innings closed when Steyn he was dismissed.
 
Jason Holder got Amla early in the day with the batsman adding just ten to his overnight 23. Debutant Temba Bavuma hit a boundary off his first ball, but Jerome Taylor bowled de Villiers in the next over. Stiaan van Zyl made 29 before Steyn changed the tempo of the innings reaching his second Test fifty off 26 balls, the joint fourth fastest in Test history.
 
Brathwaite and Smith shared a solid opening stand before Morkel had Smith edged a drive to Amla and Johnson followed immediately. 

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

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