Prince, De Vil­liers to the res­cue

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad: South Africa made heavy go­ing of cop­ing with the spin at Queen’s Park Oval yes­ter­day, re­cov­er­ing af­ter an ex­pen­sive open­ing to the ses­sion to be 277/7 at tea.

West Indies spin­ners Shane Shilling­ford, Sulie­man Benn and Chris Gayle had com­bined to good ef­fect and Shilling­ford and Benn had re­duced South Africa to 107/5 be­fore Ash­well Prince and AB de Vil­liers fought back with a 122-run stand for the sixth wicket.

Af­ter the pair even­tu­ally fell, in quick suc­ces­sion, Mark Boucher and Dale Steyn nursed the score back to a more re­spectable to­tal with a de­ter­mined 39-run stand. De Vil­liers and Prince had to re­vive South Africa from a wob­bly po­si­tion in the morn­ing ses­sion.

The vis­i­tors, re­sum­ing from 70-3, slumped to 107-5 in­side the first hour as Shane Shilling­ford (3-63) and Sulie­man Benn (2-59) each claimed a wicket. But De Vil­liers struck 40 not out and left-han­der Prince con­trib­uted an un­de­feated 42 to stall the hosts.

De Vil­liers hit three fours off 91 balls while Prince lashed two fours and a six off 77 de­liv­er­ies.

West Indies, af­ter dom­i­nat­ing a rain-in­ter­rupted open­ing day, made early in­roads when night­watch­man Paul Har­ris started ag­gres­sively, swat­ting Benn to ex­tra cover. Har­ris lashed Shilling­ford for a six over long-on but then de­parted for just 10.

Shilling­ford, on de­but, then claimed the prize wicket of Jac­ques Kal­lis for 28. Kal­lis came too far in­side his stumps and was plumb leg be­fore as he missed a big off-break.

De Vil­liers and Prince were as­sured in their stand al­though Prince had an anx­ious moment when he sur­vived a con­fi­dent ap­peal for caught be­hind just be­fore the in­ter­val. – Sapa-AP and Sapa-AFP

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