Botha spins South Africa into control
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Ground:Kensington Oval, Bridgetown
Scorecard:West Indies v South Africa
Player:DJ Bravo, J Botha
Event:South Africa in West Indies 2010

DateLine: 27th June 2010


At stumps at the end of day one South Africa were placed at 46-2 after their attack, led by Johan Botha and Dale Steyn, had helped restrict the home team to 231. Botha picked up four wickets for 56 runs from 19.5 overs, as West Indies, electing to bat were dismissed about 40 minutes before the scheduled close.


Steyn supported with three for 37 from 13 overs, and Jacques Kallis took two for 36 from 12.


Dwayne Bravo top scored with a well-paced 61 while Narsingh made 46.


South Africa then suffered an early setback, when opener Alviro Petersen was caught at mid-wicket off Kemar Roach for one, miscuing a hook at a short ball. Hashim Amla continued to struggle in the longer format, when he was caught at backward point for five.


Earlier in the day the South African new-ball pair of Morkel and Steyn removed West Indies openers Dale Richards and Chris Gayle cheaply. Morkel made the breakthrough, when he trapped Richards lbw for a duck, and Steyn then bowled West Indies captain Gayle for 20 to leave the hosts 21 for two. But the Proteas were made to toil for the remainder of the session, as Deonarine and Chanderpaul batted through to the interval with little or no alarms.


After lunch, Botha took all three West Indies wickets to fall to tighten South Africa's grip, as West Indies slumped to 159 for five at tea. Botha struck in the first over after lunch, when Chanderpaul, a century-maker in the previous Test, was caught at slip for 22 to end a 55-run stand for the third wicket with Deonarine. Botha then had Brendan Nash lbw for two after TV umpire Asad Rauf overturned umpire Simon Taufel's not-out verdict, following a referral from the Proteas.


With Botha bowling steadily at one end, and Morkel steaming-in at the other end, run scoring dried-up for West Indies, and the pressure took a toll on Deonarine. Botha bowled Deonarine, when the batsman pulled at a delivery that wasn't quite that short.


Denesh Ramdin joined Dwayne Bravo, and for the next hour-and-a-quarter, they consolidated West Indies' position. After tea, Kallis had Ramdin caught at deep fine leg for 27 hooking to end his stand of 76 with Bravo. The South Africans then ran through the tail-end of the West Indies batting, snaring the last five wickets for 50 runs from 79 deliveries.