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Samuels consolidates for West Indies in first test against South Africa

Samuels consolidates for West Indies in first test against South Africa

Marlon Samuels reached an undefeated 44 at tea Wednesday to put West Indies on 190-3 on the first day of the first test against South Africa.
Samuels played a watchful innings over 117 balls and hit just four fours as the West Indies consolidated a good start by captain Chris Gayle after South African captain Graeme Smith won the toss and sent the visitors in to bat at St. George's Park.
Gayle hit 66 off 49 balls in an opening partnership of 98 with Darren Ganga, and shared a partnership of 64 with Runako Morton after the West Indies added to their 130-2 from the lunch break. Morton was dismissed for 33 after he spliced a lifting delivery from Makhaya Ntini to Ashwell Prince at point.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was at 5 not out off 39 balls.
The South African pace attack did not have much luck early on as both batsmen survived inside edges that sailed close to their stumps off both Ntini and Dale Steyn.
Ganga was the first to go, edging a wide delivery from Andre Nel to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher for 33.
Gayle's wicket went two balls later, to the second ball of left-arm spinner Paul Harris' opening over as Jacques Kallis took a sharp catch low down at first slip off an edge from an expansive drive. Gayle hit 13 fours.


Updated : 2021-04-23 23:49 GMT+08:00