Saturday, April 1, 2023

Proteas stopped at 116 runs, Windies target 247

In the first session of the third day of the Centurion Test, the host South Africa scored only 116 runs after losing all wickets in their second innings. Being ahead by 130 runs in the first innings, the Proteas set West Indies a target of 247 runs. Windies are now batting to win.

The previous day’s unbeaten batsman Aiden Markram came out to bat in his second innings in the first session of the third day. He was joined at the start of the day by Heinrich Klassen. But Classen could not take advantage of the bat. He got out for just 5 runs. Senuran Muthusamy scored 4 runs in the next wicket.

Opener Aiden Markram was on his way to his half-century with the bat. But he regretted 3 runs. Kemar Roche’s ball was caught by Joshua De Silva for a personal 47 runs. This is the highest individual innings for the Proteas in the second innings.

Then Marco Jansen was dismissed for 6 runs. Kagiso Rabada added some runs to the team score with Gerald Quasar. But their pairing did not last long. Koezer got out after scoring 20 runs in just 15 balls. And Enrique Norquia scored 4 runs. Rabada remained unbeaten on 10 runs.

Right-arm pacer Kemar Roach has seen Fifer for West Indies. He took these five wickets at the cost of 47 runs in 10 overs. Two other pacers Jason Holder and Alzari Joseph got two wickets each. Another wicket was seen by Shannon Gabriel.

Meanwhile, the visiting West Indies came to bat in their second innings before lunch. But the start was not good for Windies. The visitors faced just three balls before lunch. A wicket was lost in that. Opener and team leader Craig Brathwaite was cut behind by Rabadar for a personal score.

(02 March/MM)


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