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South Africa fights back

CAPE TOWN: Ashwell Prince scored an undefeated 55 on Thursday to lead South Africa to 218 for five at stumps in the second cricket Test, only 25 runs behind West Indies’s first innings total.

South Africa needed just 15 minutes after play resumed on the second day to dismiss the visitor for 243.

In reply, South Africa struggled at 131 for five before Prince shared an unbroken 87-run partnership with Mark Boucher, who was on 35 at close.

West Indies medium-pacer Dwayne Bravo wrecked South Africa’s middle order slump, bowling unchanged for 24 overs to take three for 46.

His stint included 15 overs between lunch and tea, during which he took the prize wicket of Jacques Kallis, caught behind by Denesh Ramdin for 36. In his next over Bravo trapped Hashim Amla leg before for 32.

Immediately after tea, Bravo added the wicket of AB de Villiers, also caught by Ramdin, for two.

Prince and Boucher steadied the innings and put South Africa in a position to take the first innings lead on Friday. — AP

SCOREBOARD

 West Indies — 1st innings: C. Gayle c McKenzie b Nel 46, D. Ganga c Boucher b Steyn 3, R. Morton c Ntini b Kallis 23, M. Samuels c Boucher b Ntini 51, S. Chanderpaul (not out) 65, D. Bravo c Kallis b Ntini 0, D. Ramdin lbw b Steyn 21, R. Lewis b Steyn 0, J. Taylor c & b Steyn 8, D. Powell c Kallis b Nel 0, F. Edwards c de Villiers b Nel 2, Extras (b-5, lb-10, nb-8, w-1): 24; Total (in 92 overs): 243.

Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-71, 3-77, 4-183, 5-185, 6-220, 7-220, 8-237, 9-241.

South Africa bowling: Steyn 20-5-60-4, Ntini 22-7-63-2, Nel 22-5-61-3, Kallis 9-1-11-1, Harris 19-5-33-0.

South Africa — 1st innings: G. Smith c Ramdin b Taylor 28, N. McKenzie c Gayle b Taylor 23, H. Amla lbw b Bravo 32, J. Kallis c Ramdin b Bravo 36, A. Prince (batting) 55, AB de Villiers c Ramdin b Bravo 2, M. Boucher (batting) 35, Extras (b-4, lb-3): 7; Total (for five wkts. in 85 overs): 218.

Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-61, 3-120, 4-123, 5-131.

West Indies bowling: Powell 19-3-69-0, Edwards 4.5-1-12-0, Samuels 7.1-3-13-0, Taylor 18-6-45-2, Bravo 24-8-46-3, Lewis 12-3-26-0.

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