Prince, De Villiers to the rescue
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