Bavuma fifty helps South Africa extend lead past 200


Bavuma fifty helps South Africa extend lead past 200

by Staff • Published on Fri, Mar 10, 2023

A gritty half-century from Temba Bavuma on the third afternoon helped South Africa tick their lead past 200 and stop the rut of wickets from West Indies’s pacers. The hosts went to Tea on Day 3 at 145/5, in the lead by 214 runs.

In a session where there wasn’t much on offer for the bowlers, West Indies stuck to clean lines and lengths and were rewarded with the wicket of Heinrich Klaasen, who flashed at a short ball outside off and top-edged behind where Joshua Da Silva took a brilliant diving catch. But that remained the only wicket to fall in the session as Bavuma and Wiaan Mulder put on an unbroken 42-run stand for the sixth wicket.

Bavuma got to his half-century off 107 balls, reaching the milestone with a clipped boundary through mid-wicket. He stands 19 short of his second Test hundred.

Earlier, West Indies picked four wickets in the morning session while conceding only 65 runs. Dean Elgar was the first to fall, steering a wide ball from Kyle Mayers straight to gully and that wicket in the first over of the day set the tone. Mayers struck again in the same spell, this time bowling Tony de Zorzi off an inside edge.

West Indies also accounted for the in-form Aiden Markram after getting an lbw review wrong against him. On the brink of drinks, Kemar Roach produced a jaffa that straightened in the fourth stump channel and caught Markram’s edge.

The second hour augured a little better for South Africa as Bavuma counterattacked, picking up boundaries against Roach and Alzarri Joseph. But the session ended in West Indies’s favour with the dismissal of Ryan Rickelton who nicked behind off the bowling Raymon Reifer.

Brief Scores: South Africa 320 and 145/5 (Bavuma 81*; Mayers 2-17) lead West Indies 251 by 214 runs.

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