#SAvWI: Bad weather halts play after centurion Du Plessis departs

Bad weather and bad light restricted playing time to half an hour on the second day of the second Sunfoil Test match between the Castle Lager Proteas and the West Indies at St. George’s Park on Saturday.

During that time the Proteas were able to score 19 runs for the loss of Faf du Plessis’ wicket from the six overs sent down by the West Indies bowlers to advance their total from the overnight 270/2 to 289/3.

The day had an eventful start when Du Plessis hit Jerome Taylor’s opening delivery to the fine leg boundary to bring up his fourth Test match century and his second at this particular venue. But Taylor’s second delivery had him caught behind the wicket by Dinesh Ramdin off a thing edge to bring his innings to a close (103 off 230 balls, 13 fours and 2 sixes).

Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, who hit two superbly driven boundaries, successfully negotiated the remaining overs. Play will now start at 10h00 on the remaining days to make up lost time.

“It’s very frustrating for us as a team,” Du Plessis said. “ When you’ve had a really good day one and a really solid day of Test cricket batting, we achieved what we wanted to achieve. To come back and to have a day like this is frustrating because we are in a commanding position and what the rain does on a day like this brings the opposition back into the game.

“There is still some time left in the game,” he added. “All it means is that we are going to try and do whatever our plans were just a lot quicker.”

Du Plessis says the Proteas will look to post a lower first innings score than initially planned, with the aim of giving the bowlers enough time to take 20 wickets.

“There is a lot of cricket left to be played,” he said. “The nature of the St George’s wicket and how things normally work here does take a little bit longer. It’s a slow process so we are going to have to speed it up in terms of how we want to play for the rest of the match. We know there is a little bit of rain around for the next few days.

“That’s the beauty of our attack,” he said in praise of the bowlers. “We have variety in all the different aspects. We have Morne (Morkel) that if there is bounce in the wicket can be dangerous, Vernon (Philander) if there is movement of the pitch and Dale (Steyn) with pace and reverse swing that can bowl a side out.

“Our armoury is strong, and with Imran (Tahir), we expect him on day four and five with the wicket being a bit drier to turn the ball. As of yet, the wicket hasn’t spun a lot and once again the weather has slowed that process down. Our four bowlers are good enough and strong enough to bowl any team out twice.”

James Buttler

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