Windies batsmen show signs of fighting spirit

West Indies batsmen Kraigg Braithwaite and Marlon Samuels provided spirited resistance to frustrate South Africa on day three of the second Test at Port Elizabeth.

The pair shared an unbroken partnership of 92 for the third wicket as West Indies reached 147 for two at the close of play in reply to South Africa’s 417 for eight declared

Braithwaite (65 not out) and Samuels (60 not out) were both in sparkling form and West Indies will resume on day four 270 runs in arrears with eight first-innings wickets in tact.

West Indies began smoothly in reply and moved past 50 without loss before Morkel, on as first change, sent out a warning when he struck Devon Smith on the side of the helmet with a bouncer in his second over, but he mixed up his angle of attacks well to keep the West Indies batsmen guessing.

It was a good length ball which did for Smith on 22 as he prodded half-forward to bring Amla into the game at first slip.

Morkel then removed Leon Johnson first ball as the left-hander drove away from his body and South African centurion Faf de Plessis continued his fine match by taking an excellent low catch at third slip.

West Indies looked in peril at 47 for two but Braithwaite and Samuels clearly decided attack was the best form of defence.

Braithwaite reached his fifty off 74 balls with seven fours while Samuels managed the same number of boundaries as his half-century came from 80 balls.

South Africa were running out of ideas as bad light struck just before close of play.