Day two down the drain in Port Elizabeth


Day two of the second Test in Port Elizabeth was essentially a washout, as the West Indies were only able to bowl six overs and the South Africans lost one wicket in that time.

The Proteas were on 289 for three at stumps, having started the day on 270 for two.

Faf du Plessis was able to bring up his century after a two-hour delay to the start of play due to a wet outfield, hitting the first ball he faced for four. He was on 99 overnight, and was out for 103.

His second delivery of the day saw him edge Jerome Taylor behind for Denesh Ramdin to catch. The umpire said no, but the Windies reviewed it and an edge became apparent thanks to replays and Snicko.

The rest of the half hour saw AB de Villiers join Hashim Amla in the middle, a sight that would have disheartened even the most confident attack after getting rid of two centurions already.

The pair added 25 runs to the score, with Amla on 23 and De Villiers on nine when the rain arrived again. Lunch came and went, as did tea, before the umpires came to have another look just before 4pm.

There was a bit of hope as the covers were removed and a new inspection conducted, but just as play was about to begin at 5pm, the weather maliciously turned again.