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South Africa strikes back after Brathwaite, Samuels tons

Morkel, Tahir among the wickets as West Indies reaches 275 for 9 before rain halts play on fourth day

South Africa strikes back after Brathwaite, Samuels tons - Cricket News
AB de Villiers runs out Kenroy Peters
Kraigg Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels hit centuries before Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir made quick strikes as the West Indies went from 231 for 2 to 275 for 9 on a rain-hit fourth day at St George’s Park in South Africa.
Less than three hours of play were possible because of the rain, and when play ended on Monday (December 29), the West Indies was still trailing by 142 runs, with South Africa having made 417 for 8 declared.
Brathwaite (106) and Samuels (101) had resumed overnight and ensured the West Indies went past the follow-on mark, but once both fell in successive overs, the visiting side lost a clutch of wickets. Brathwaite and Samuels had put on 176 runs for the third wicket, a record for the West Indies against South Africa, beating the 160 by Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Brian Lara in Durban in 1998-99.
Samuels was the first to fall, trapped lbw by Vernon Philander by a fuller length ball that came back in and ended the batsman’s 160-ball stay. In the next over, Morkel drew an edge from Brathwaite, which was pouched in the slips.
Brathwaite had shown great talent and composure in seeing off Dale Steyn, Philander and Morkel in making his third Test century in his 16th Test, lasting nearly five hours after coming out to open the innings. He gave two difficult chances over a 186-ball stay, driving the ball back hard and low to Tahir, the legspinner, before stumps on Sunday when he was on 64. Later, on 90, he fended a bouncer from Steyn over the slips, but Faf du Plessis couldn’t hold on.
After both men fell though, the batting side collapsed. Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin, the captain, added 27 for the fifth wicket to take the total to 260 before five wickets fell for 15 runs in five overs.

Earlier, rain and a wet outfield delayed the start of play until after lunch and the afternoon's session was interrupted for half an hour too. Rain returned 50 minutes after tea, with South Africa’s bowlers in the middle of a good run and looking to end the West Indian innings for a sizeable first-innings lead.
Ramdin and Chanderpaul fell to Tahir in the space of three deliveries, with the veteran Chanderpaul dismissed when a top-spin delivery went between his legs and hit the stumps. Jason Holder was then caught behind off Morkel, while Benn drove at a googly from Tahir and was well caught in the slips by Alviro Petersen.
With rain falling, Kenroy Peters was run out by a superb throw from Steyn at midwicket. As the batsman made his way back to the pavilion, the umpires took the remaining players off the field.

Morkel finished the day with 4 for 69 runs, while Tahir, who had taken 0 for 92 at tea, had 3 for 108 by the close.

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