Faf du Plessis was dismissed for 103 before rain stopped play on day two of the Test at St George’s Park.
The start of play was delayed until 12:00 because of the inclement weather in Port Elizabeth. When play resumed, Du Plessis hit the first ball of the day for four to reach his century. Unfortunately for the Proteas, he was out the very next delivery when he edged Jerome Taylor to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.
South African captain Hashim Amla (23 not out) and AB de Villiers (nine not out) provided some stability thereafter. The West Indies proceeded to bowl a fuller length, and received some assistance from the track as well as the overcast conditions.
While De Villiers played a couple of beautiful strokes, the pitch as well as the conditions are evidently not ideal for batting. Amla in particular did not look comfortable.
After just 35 minutes of play, another downpour forced the players to leave the field. The rain continued well into the afternoon, and at 17:15, the umpires decided that there would be no further play on day two.
Play on day three will commence at 10:00. South Africa should look to score quickly in that extended morning session and possibly declare after posting a score in the region of 450.
DAY TWO SCORECARD
SA 1st innings – 289-3 (Dean Elgar 121, Faf du Plessis 103, Shannon Gabriel 1-52, Kenroy Peters 1-44 )