South Africa Strong On Day One Against West Indies

It was the Hashim Amla and AB De Villiers show on Day One of the First Test between South Africa and the West Indies at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Thursday.  The Proteas duo notched a century each as South Africa recovered from 57/3 to 340/3 at stumps.  Amla was unbeaten on 133 and De Villiers had 141 when bad light stopped play.

The Windies won the toss and bowled but it looked a poor choice as Dean Elgar and Alviro Petersen struck 57 for the first wicket.  Petersen was first to go when Kemar Roach had the opener caught by Devon Smith for 27.  Seven balls later Elgar was caught by Marlon Samuels off Sheldon Cottrell for 28 with the score still on 57.

The scoreboard had still not moved when Faf Du Plessis departed for a duck caught behind by Denesh Ramdin off Roach.  At 57/3 the Proteas were in trouble.  However the Caribbean cricketers could not capitalise from there.  Amla struck 17 fours while De Villiers helped himself to 15 fours and a couple of sixes as the hosts took the honours on Day One.