Two wickets in as many balls from fast bowler Morne Morkel just before the tea interval left West Indies reeling at 59 for two in reply to South Africa’s 417 for eight declared on day three of the second test at St George Park on Sunday.
Faf du Plessis completed his fourth Test century and was dismissed immediately afterwards on a rain-hit second morning of the second Test between South Africa and the West Indies at St George`s Park on Saturday.
South Africa's pace spearhead Dale Steyn and batsman Hashim Amla have revealed that they are not focused on the Test rankings, post their recent innings and 220-run win over a beleaguered West Indies team in Centurion on Saturday.
Vernon Philander took five wickets as South Africa closed in on victory having reduced West Indies to 76 for two in their follow-on innings at the close of play on day three of the opening test on Friday.
South African Test skipper Hashim Amla admitted that he is glad that his contribution has helped his team to reach in a good position on day two of the first Test against West Indies in Centurion, after notching up the highest score for a South African captain on home soil.
South African Stiaan van Zyl waited a long time for his test debut but made the most of the opportunity when it finally arrived with an unbeaten century on debut in the first test against West Indies on Thursday.
Hashim Amla hit his third Test double century and Stiaan van Zyl made a hundred on his debut before South Africa declared their first innings at 552 for five on the second day of the first Test against the West Indies at SuperSport Park on Thursday.
Captain Hashim Amla continued to be the rock for South Africa and Stiaan van Zyl scored a half-century on debut as the hosts cruised to 449 for four at lunch on day two of the opening test against West Indies on Thursday.
South Africa have lost two of the country’s finest ever batsman over the last 12 months, but in AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla they retain world class performers who dug the Proteas out of a spot of trouble on Wednesday.
A sparkling unbeaten stand of 168 between Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers punished a labouring West Indies bowling attack as South Africa went to tea on 225 for three on day one of the opening test at Centurion on Wednesday.
West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl in the first test against South Africa at an overcast Centurion in Pretoria on Wednesday as the hosts handed batsman Stiaan van Zyl his international debut.
Hashim Amla will be seeking a winning start when he captains South Africa for the first time in a home Test match when a three-match series against the West Indies starts at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.
India retained the number two spot in the latest Reliance ODI team rankings while Virat Kohli maintained the number two position with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni static at the seventh place in the batting chart released here.