Centurion: Captain Hashim Amla and his senior lieutenant AB de Villiers both hit centuries as South Africa took command after early setbacks on Day One of the first Test against the West Indies here yesterday.
AB de Villiers celebrates his 100 against WI yesterday. Pic/AFP
South Africa were 340 for three at the close. Amla, captaining South Africa for the first time in a home Test, made 133 not out, while De Villiers hit an unbeaten 141. They added 283 for the fourth wicket, a South African record against the West Indies.
The pair came together with South Africa in a minor crisis after losing three wickets for no runs with the total on 57.
It was a superb display of batting by two of the best batsmen in the world but it was not a good day for the West Indians, who failed to take advantage of sending South Africa in to bat in heavily overcast conditions.
De Villiers was first to a half-century, reaching the mark off 78 balls with his tenth four. Amla's fifty followed soon afterwards off 87 balls with seven fours. De Villiers became the fifth South African to score 20 Test centuries after facing 138 balls.