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South Africa in control with fifties from Du Plessis, Amla

Team ends the second day steady at 227 for 3 after bowling out the West Indies for 329

South Africa in control with fifties from Du Plessis, Amla - Cricket News
Faf du Plessis made 68 to boost South Africa's innings as it ended the second day on 227 for 3, trailing West Indies by 102 runs.
The West Indies came into the second day of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town with hope after a decent opening day, but the home side showed its class and took control of the game on Saturday (January 3).
After Dale Steyn's four-wicket haul restricted the West Indies to 329 from its overnight 276 for 6, South Africa's batsmen made steady progress and ended the day at 227 for 3, trailing by 102 runs. The innings was boosted by half-centuries from Faf du Plessis (68) and Hashim Amla (55 not out), while AB de Villiers (32 not out) and Alviro Petersen (42) made useful contributions as well.
While the first day was a see-saw battle between the sides, the second day was a largely one-sided affair. Jermaine Blackwood added 33 runs for the seventh wicket with Jason Holder and, in the process, completed his half-century. However, the resistance didn't last long as Dale Steyn dismissed both of them in successive overs before Morne Morkel finished things off with the wickets of Jerome Taylor and Sulieman Benn.
The West Indies had still managed to post a decent total, and it was up to the home side's batsmen to take over. They did just that, batting in partnerships and making smooth progress. There were three partnerships in excess of fifty, and the lowest partnership of the innings was the 48-run opening stand between Petersen and Dean Elgar. 
The openers got South Africa off to a good start, before Elgar fell to Holder at the stroke of lunch. The West Indies almost started the second session with another wicket – Holder got Faf du Plessis to nick an attempted drive, but the ball split first and second slip to perfection on its way to third man – but nothing much went its way through the rest of the day.

Petersen and du Plessis batted steadily and scored at nearly four runs per over to deflate the West Indies attack. Du Plessis in particular looked busy in the middle and found the boundaries regularly with powerful pulls and classy drives. Things were going steady for South Africa but a misjudged attempt at a run cost Petersen his wicket, ending the 56-run second-wicket stand. Du Plessis tapped a delivery from Benn to point and the pair went for a risky single, only for Petersen to be run out courtesy a direct hit from Blackwood.

The dismissal was followed by a dip in scoring rate but South Africa never lost control. Du Plessis went past his seventh half-century in Tests in the company of Amla, who batted as elegantly as always. The pair put on 53 for the third wicket before du Plessis threw his wicket away, attempting to slog Benn and getting out stumped in the process. 
That brought together AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla – the pair that had added 308 runs in the first Test. They started cautiously and saw off a disciplined spell by Benn, who bowled 24 consecutive overs, before shifting gears towards the latter half of the third session. Amla showed patience and batted steadily, while de Villiers kept the scoreboard moving with a 52-ball 32, including four boundaries. 
The pair added 70 for the fourth wicket and looked good for more, but rain forced stumps 30 minutes before the scheduled close of play.

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