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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.

Tahir took 3-108 in the drawn second match, but South Africa turned to Harmer for its final test before assignments in Bangladesh and India this year.

He was introduced in the final half-hour before lunch, and slid one through Smith's defenses to deny the batsman what would have been a hard-fought half-century.

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.

Although the fast bowler came close to bowling Leon Johnson on a number of occasions during a threatening second spell as the batsman shouldered arms, Johnson battled through to reach the lunch interval on 24 not out.

South Africa leads the series 1-0 after winning the first test by an innings and 220 runs.


Updated : 2021-09-27 16:05 GMT+08:00