Jacques Kallis anchored a meandering final day with 62* as South Africa reached 235-3; the second Test ending in a predictable draw.
With next to no deterioration on the Warner Park driveway, South Africa’s batting out the day was a formality – the side losing just three wickets till the final hour after tea, when the captains expectedly decided to call it off.
Earlier, Graeme Smith looked solid before falling for 46 to Shane Shillingford, cutting one time too many tto a delivery turning away. Conversely Alviro Petersen was watchful – he had a slip, silly point and silly mid-off but negated their influence with steady, mature play.
Hashim Amla, however, was circumspect against the turn and bounce. Given a life on 21 by Dwayne Bravo (who dropped him at slip) Amla illustrated his worth – 5 impressive boundaries around the wicket against the slower bowlers tempering his previous edginess. But Shillingford again derailed him in the forties (41 to the first innings’ 44). Dwayne Bravo then ended both the innings and Petersen’s contribution; his yorker castling the opener for 39.
Kallis and AB de Villiers (31*) ensured the draw with their unbeaten 104-run stand, the match crawling to a close as the pair worked on their averages. Kallis was solid as ever against the seamers, and with Shillingford adopting a defensive line, was asked few questions by the spinners. He reached his fifty-third half-century just before the tea break.
South Africa declared an hour in to the tea break to bring about the Test’s premature but warranted end. The Proteas still hold a 1-0 series lead with one Test to play, but the match signals the end of a nine match Caribbean winning streak for the tourists.
South Africa (first innings) 543-6 declared
AB de Villiers 135*, Graeme Smith 132, Shane Shillingford 3-193
West Indies (first innings) 546 all out
Shivnarine Chanderpaul 166, Brendan Nash 114, Morne Morkel 4-116
South Africa (second innings) 235-3 declared
Jacques Kallis 62*, Graeme Smith 46, Shane Shillingford 2-80