Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s 220 run partnership with Brendan Nash formed the backbone of the hosts’ charge, the West Indian stalwart still unbeaten on 151.
The West Indies walked to the follow-on mark and beyond, ending at 424-4 at the close of play despite a restrictive morning session. Though the Proteas failed to tear into the top order as they had in the first Test, they affectively applying pressure – probing off-stump lines and field placement effecting a boundary drought.
Following from the second day, Chris Gayle was out playing a ball from Morne Morkel on to his stumps – a lack of foot movement once again his undoing. Narsingh Deonarine’s half-century ended in a similar fashion, Dale Steyn changing his line to cramp Deonarine who chopped it on.
The runs flowed freer than the morning session (where only 40 runs were scored) when Nash and Chanderpaul found their feet after lunch. After initially leaving playable deliveries outside off, Chanderpaul started reaching out to the fuller ones shaping away. Where Chanderpaul gained the upper hand over Morkel’s line, Nash exasperated Dale Steyn – swatting his short balls to alleviate any pressure.
The surface had no demons and was unresponsive to the seamers. However, with Paul Harris finding neither turn nor bounce Graeme Smith had little to turn to.
Nash reached three figures for the second time in his career. His 220-run stand with Chanderpaul, starting at 151-3, ended at the hands of AB de Villiers – throwing the stumps down with a direct hit from gully when Nash walked down the wicket assuming a single.
Chanderpaul too progressed towards 100, milking the spinners – even employing the slog sweep to demonstrate the lifelessness of the track. He reached his 22nd century, bringing up his 150 just before the close. Dwayne Bravo (21*) played a late supporting act after Nash’s fall, adding an unbeaten 53 with Chanderpaul.
South Africa (first innings) 543-6 declared
AB de Villiers 135*, Graeme Smith 132, Shane Shillingford 3-193
West Indies (first innings) 424-4
Shivnarine Chanderpaul 151*, Brendan Nash 114, Morne Morkel 2-87
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