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Harmer strikes on debut, Windies 80-2 at lunch

South Africa offspinner Harmer on debut bowls Smith for 47, West Indies 80-2 at lunch on day 1

South African Vernon Philander bowls a shot against West Indies during a Test match in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Schalk...

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South African Vernon Philander bowls a shot against West Indies during a Test match in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Schalk...

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- Debutant Simon Harmer struck on the stroke of lunch to earn South Africa a share of the first session of the third and final test against the West Indies at Newlands on Friday.

Offspinner Harmer was picked ahead of legspinner Imran Tahir as South Africa opted to explore its spin options, and bowled Devon Smith for 47 to leave West Indies 80-2 at lunch.

Dale Steyn took the other wicket after West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first, as he had Kraigg Brathwaite caught at gully for 7.

South Africa leads the series 1-0, and must avoid defeat in the final match to retain its No. 1 ranking in tests.


Updated : 2021-09-20 16:56 GMT+08:00