Centurion: Vernon Philander was the main destroyer as the West Indian batting crumbled on the third day of the first Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Friday.
Philander took four for 29 as the West Indies were bowled out for 201 and forced to follow on, 351 runs behind South Africa’s first innings total of 552 for five declared.
Philander struck again early in the second innings when he dismissed Devon Smith for the second time in the day. West Indies were 76 for two at the close, still needing 275 runs to avoid an innings defeat.
There was a setback for South Africa, however, as strike bowler Dale Steyn limped off the field after bowling only five balls in the follow on innings. Steyn returned after the second afternoon drinks break, however, and was on the field long enough to be eligible to bowl at the start of Saturday’s play.
Philander, who had taken only four wickets at high cost in his previous four Test matches, did not take a wicket in his opening spell on Friday but transformed the match when he came back for a second spell.
After a good start by opening batsmen Kraigg Brathwaite and Smith, the West Indian batting disintegrated in dispiriting fashion.
Brathwaite and Smith saw off South Africa’s new ball attack, putting on 72 for the first wicket before Philander dismissed both openers in successive overs. Brathwaite looked solid and well organised from the start but the left-handed Smith survived a confident appeal.