Temba Bavuma Slams Ton As Hosts Mount Lead On Day 3

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Temba Bavuma justified his newfound captaincy role by slamming a sensational counterattacking ton against West Indies in Johannesburg. The cricketer stabilised South Africa’s second innings on Day 3, after West Indies pacers Kemar Roach and Kyle Mayers had reduced them to 103-5.

Thereafter, Bavuma added another 103 runs to the total alongside Wiaan Mulder, who contributed with 42 from his end of the crease.

Temba Bavuma registers highest Test score

South Africa lost both openers, Dean Elgar and in-form Aiden Markram early on Day 3 morning. Number three batter Tony de Zorzi was also cleaned up for a run by visiting speedster Kyle Mayers.

Bavuma, who arrived to the crease within the eighth over of the innings, launched a counter attacking assault, even though he kept losing partners from the other end. At 103-5, Wiaan Mulder provided much assistance with his crafty 42 as the duo stretched the South African lead past the 250-run mark.

The skipper added another 71 runs with Simon Harmer, who lost his wicket at the twilight stage of the day. Bavuma eventually dragged the South African score to 287-7 by stumps, and the lead to 356 runs, and registered his own personal best by remaining unbeaten at the crease on 171.

He faced 275 deliveries in the innings, one which was laced with 20 elegant boundaries.

For the West Indies, Mayers and Alzarri Joseph both struck twice each in their spells, while Kemar Roach and Jason Holder also had a wicket to their name after a long and tiring day against the hosts.

Brief scores:

South Africa: 320 (92.2)
Aiden Markram 96 (139), Tony de Zorzi 85 (155)
Kyle Mayers 3-32, Alzarri Joseph 3-60

West Indies: 251 (79.3)
Jason Holder 81* (117), Kyle Mayers 29 (83)
Gerald Coetzee 3-41, Kagiso Rabada 2-19

South Africa: 287-7 (93)
Temba Bavuma 171* (275), Wiaan Mulder 42 (71)
Kyle Mayers 2-25, Alzarri Joseph 2-49

South Africa lead by 356 runs