Wednesday, June 23, 2010

South Africa draw 2nd Test with Windies

South Africa's Jacques Kallis followed up his first innings century with an unbeaten 62 on Tuesday as the second Test against the West Indies petered out to a tame draw on the fifth and final day at Warner Park.

South Africa, trailing by three runs from the first innings, batted the entire day before declaring on 235-3.

The result meant South Africa retained the Vivian Richards Trophy, having taken an unassailable 1-0 lead into the third and final test match in Barbados starting on Saturday.

Kallis struck six fours and a six off 128 balls while A.B. de Villiers was unbeaten on 31 at the end.

Off-spinner Shane Shillingford led the hosts with 2-80 while seamer Dwayne Bravo took 1-37.

Openers Graeme Smith (46) and Alviro Petersen (39) ensured the visiting team would avoid any alarms by sharing a half century stand after the visitors resumed on 23-0.
Smith eventually fell midway through the morning session at 74-1.

The left-hander hit five fours and a six off 94 balls before he tried to square cut Shillingford and edged to wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin.

Petersen and Hashim Amla forged a further stand of 57 before two wickets tumbled just before lunch.
Amla, dropped when 20 by Dwayne Bravo at slip off Sulieman Benn, was eventually held at backward short leg off Shillingford.
The right-hander hit six fours in 41 off 84 balls.

Petersen, after compiling 39 off 129 balls with a four and a six, fell in the next over as Bravo uprooted his off stump with an excellent yorker.

But Kallis and de Villiers blunted the West Indies attack after the break with an assured, unbroken stand of 104. 

Third and the final test will start on 26th June.

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