1 Jan 2015

Rain dashes Proteas hopes of Test win

12:58 pm on 1 January 2015

South Africa's hopes of victory on day five of the second Test against West Indies have been thwarted by heavy overnight rain and a wet outfield preventing any play.

South African cricketer Hashim Amla

South African cricketer Hashim Amla Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The top-ranked Proteas had hoped to wrap up the West Indians' first innings with the tourists on 275 for nine before scoring quickly to set up a testing afternoon for the visitors to survive.

But the Port Elizabeth weather, which allowed for just 201 overs out of a scheduled 450 in the test, caused a disappointing end with West Indies still 142 runs behind the hosts' first-innings score of 417 for eight declared.

South Africa captain Hashim Amla said despite the draw, he felt his team put in a good effort.

"The wicket was better to bat on and with the time we lost in the match, when we were batting we tried to make a game of it," he says.

Both teams will take positives into the third and final Test in Cape Town.

There were welcome centuries for struggling Proteas opener Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis, and the manner in which their bowling attack ran through the West Indies middle and lower order to take seven wickets for 44 runs was also a plus point.

Morne Morkel was especially threatening and took four for 69 to earn special praise from his captain.

"Morne has been doing exceptionally well for us for quite a while," Amla says. "He doesn't always get the accolades he deserves, but he is the guy that puts in the hard yards. In this game he bowled exceptionally well again."

The touring side also have reasons to smile after gutsy, battling centuries from man of the match Kraigg Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels, who were superb against a barrage of hostile fast bowling.

South Africa lead the three-match series after victory by an innings and 220 runs in the first test in Pretoria.

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