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Elgar guides South Africa to series win

Opener’s half-century helps home side cross 124-run target shortly before lunch on final day to seal 2-0 win

Elgar guides South Africa to series win - Cricket News
South Africa, who began the final day of the third Test against West Indies at 9 for 1, needing just 115 more for victory, reached the target in 37.4 overs to win the three-match Test series 2-0, with Dean Elgar hitting an unbeaten 60 to steer the chase.

Having won the first Test by an innings and 220 runs, and then drawn the rain-affected second clash in Port Elizabeth, South Africa retained its number one Test ranking with the eight-wicket win at Newlands on Tuesday (January 6).

South Africa was chasing a relatively modest target after bowling the West Indies out for 215 on the fourth day, with the bowlers fighting back after the Caribbean side was 182 for 3 at one stage.

On Tuesday, South Africa opted for a measured and cautious approach with plenty of time to achieve the target. No runs came off the first 44 balls of the day, with Jerome Taylor, the right-arm pacer, and Suleiman Benn, the left-arm spinner, bowling tight spells. Elgar, batting on 5 overnight, then pulled Taylor for four off the 45th ball of the day. 

Faf du Plessis was kept quiet for long periods by the turn and bounce Benn extracted from the wearing final-day pitch, eventually falling for 14 off 69 balls just after an hour's play.

Hashim Amla, the South Africa captain, made sure there were no more hiccups scoring an unbeaten 38 to accompany Elgar, who reached his fifty off 86 balls, till the end. Elgar hit seven fours and a six in his 103-ball knock.

Amla and Elgar added 73 off 91 balls in their unbeaten third-wicket partnership.

Benn, who, apart from Du Plessis’s wicket, also had Alviro Petersen bowled off the last ball of the fourth day, was the best bowler for West Indies, finishing with figures of 2 for 24 in an unbroken spell of 17 overs.

The two teams will now play three Twenty20 Internationals and five One-Day Internationals ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

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