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Botha's three scalps leaves Windies in a spin

Johan Botha took all three West Indies wickets to fall before tea to put South Africa in early control of the third Test on Saturday. Scorecard

cricket Updated: Jun 27, 2010 15:36 IST
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Johan Botha took all three West Indies wickets to fall before tea to put South Africa in early control of the third Test on Saturday.

The off-spinner has so far taken three for 37 from 16 overs, as West Indies slumped to 159 for five in their first innings at the break on the opening day at Kensington Oval, after they elected to bat.

Botha gave the South Africans early success, after West Indies resumed from their lunchtime position of 76 for two.

He struck in the first over after lunch, when Shivnarine Chanderpaul, a century-maker in the previous Test, was caught at slip for 22 to end a 55-run stand for the third wicket with fellow left-hander Narsingh Deonarine.

Both then had Brendan Nash, another left-hander, lbw for two playing back and across, after TV umpire Asad Rauf overturned umpire Simon Taufel's not-out verdict, following a referral from the Proteas.

With Botha bowling steadily at one end, and Morne Morkel steaming at the other, run scoring dried-up for West Indies, and the pressure took a toll on Deonarine.

Botha bowled Deonarine for the top score in the West Indies innings so far of 46, when the batsman pulled a delivery that wasn't quite that short.

Denesh Ramdin joined Dwayne Bravo, and for the next hour-and-a-quarter, they consolidated West Indies' position, adding 54 for the fifth wicket.

Before lunch, Deonarine and Chanderpaul thwarted South Africa, after they made a bright start.

The South African new-ball pair of Morkel and Dale Steyn removed West Indies openers Dale Richards and Chris Gayle cheaply.

Morkel made the breakthrough, when he trapped Richards lbw for a duck, and Steyn then bowled West Indies captain Gayle for 20 to leave the hosts 21 for two.

But the Proteas were made to toil for the remainder of the session, as Deonarine and Chanderpaul batted through with little or no alarms.

West Indies were forced to make two changes to their line-up, with the South Africans making just one.

West Indies dropped makeshift opening batsman Travis Dowlin, and Richards replaced him for his first Test on home soil.

The other change for West Indies saw uncapped fast bowler Brandon Bess for Ravi Rampaul, who was not considered, after picking up a side strain in St. Kitts, and returned to his native Trinidad & Tobago to rest and seek medical treatment.

Guyanese Bess was an 11th hour replacement, after rookie fast bowler Nelon Pascal strained a neck muscle during warm-ups just prior to the start, and all-rounder Darren Sammy suffered a thigh strain on Thursday.

Bess is one of the young players attending the West Indies High Performance Centre at the University of the West Indies in Barbados, and would have made the short drive down the highway that connects the ground to the west coast of the island to take his place.

The Proteas have brought Johan Botha in to replace fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

South Africa lead the three-Test series 1-0, after they won the first Test by 163 runs inside four days last Sunday at Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad, and the second Test was drawn at Warner Park in St. Kitts.

First Published: Jun 27, 2010 01:36 IST