Breaking Amla, de Villiers partnership vital: Holder
Jason Holder has said the third day would be key for the West Indies if they are to get anything out of the final Test, and felt his fellow bowlers would need to deliver a much more clinical performance in order to limit South Africa.
The Proteas ended the second day at Newlands on 227 for three, only 102 runs behind the West Indies’ first innings total of 329, reports CMC. Captain Hashim Amla was unbeaten on 55 and partnered by AB de Villiers on 32, and Holder said breaking the fourth wicket partnership already worth 70 runs, would be top on the priority list. “We probably let them score a little bit too freely. The scoring rate was a little bit too high. Having said that, I thought we batted decently in the early morning but lost quick wickets,” Holder told reporters here Saturday.
“I think on Monday (Sunday) it is very important for us to start well, come and get some early wickets and try to get de Villiers and Amla out and break that partnership.” He continued: “We are 13 or so overs shy of the new ball but it’s important that we don’t leak runs early in the morning and just try to break the partnership. These two guys have held us up the entire series so it’s just about breaking this partnership as quickly as possible on Monday morning.”