Cape Town: South African captain Hashim Amla made a patient half-century as he and AB de Villiers steered their team towards a sound position on the second day of the third and final Test against the West Indies at Newlands on Saturday.
South Africa were 227 for three when rain ended play half an hour early — 102 runs behind the West Indian first innings total of 329.
On a day of largely attritional cricket, the West Indies opted for defensive fields after an initial burst of aggression with the new ball, while the South African batsmen were content to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
It was a game of patience, with only one South African batsman falling victim to frustration — when Faf du Plessis, whose 68 was the top score in the match, leapt out of his crease and was stumped off left-arm spinner Suleiman Benn.
A near-capacity crowd then saw Amla and De Villiers forge a unbeaten fourth wicket partnership of 70. Amla made 55 not out off 130 balls, while De Villiers was on 32.