Rain halts play following Windies batting collapse


Morne Morkel celebrates the wicket of Devon Smith during day 3 of the 2nd Test match between South Africa and West Indies at St. Georges Park on December 28, 2014 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, Monday December 29, 2014, CMC – Rain has stopped play with West Indies in collapse on the fourth day of the second Test against South Africa here Monday.

The tourists were reeling on 275 for nine in their first innings when bad weather arrived at St George’s Park to drive players and officials from the field at 4:30 pm.

West Indies trail South Africa by 142 runs, after the Proteas amassed 417 for eight declared in their first innings.

Resuming the day on 147 for two, West Indies flourished through the enterprise of Kraigg Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels who both got hundreds in adding 176 for the third wicket.

Opener Brathwaite struck 104 and Samuels, 101, but both fell within the space of four deliveries to trigger a collapse which saw West Indies lose seven wickets for 44 runs.

Seamer Morne Morkel has taken four for 69 and leg-spinner Imran Tahir, three for 108.

SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings 417-8 decl.

WEST INDIES 1st innings

(overnight 147 for two)

K Brathwaite c Petersen b Morkel 106

D Smith c Amla b Morkel 22

L Johnson c du Plessis b Morkel 0

M Samuels lbw b Philander 101

S Chanderpaul  b Imran Tahir 7

*+D Ramdin lbw b Imran Tahir 20

J Holder c wkp de Villiers b Morkel 1

J Taylor not out 10

S Benn c Petersen b Imran Tahir 4

K Peters run out 0

Extras (lb4) 4

TOTAL (9 wkts, 79 overs) 275

Fall of wickets: 1-55, 2-55, 3-231, 4-233, 5-260, 6-261, 7-265, 8-270, 9-275.

Bowling: Steyn 14-3-48-0, Philander 18-4-41-0, Morkel 20-2-69-2, Imran Tahir 26-2-108-0, Elgar 1-0-5-0.

Position: West Indies trail by 142 runs with one wicket intact.

Toss: West Indies.

Umpires: B Bowden, P Reiffel; TV – Aleem Dar.

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