The Proteas, having been put into bat in bowler friendly conditions, were given a spring-heeled start by Alviro Petersen and Dean Elgar who put on 50 for the first wicket in only 10 overs but the belated introduction of Kemar Roach into the attack brought about a dramatic change as the Proteas slumped from 57 without loss to 57/3.
Amla has so far made 133 off 242 balls (17 fours) and De Villiers 141 off 211 balls (15 fours and 2 sixes). Amla might have been bowled by Roach on 25 when a delivery grazed the stumps without dislodging the bails and he also had a narrow escape when a Suleiman Benn arm ball bounced over his stumps. De Villiers could have been run out on 63 but otherwise the two batsmen imposed themselves on the West Indies attack much as they liked.
The West Indies seam trio produced some testing deliveries but there were far too many loose ones in between and at one stage 65 percent of the Amla-De Villiers partnership had come in boundaries. In all the Proteas hit 41 fours and 2 sixes during the day's play.
The chances of the West Indies getting back into the match were adversely affected when Roach (2/52), easily their best bowler, broke down while bowling the final delivery of his 16th over. The early indication is that he has suffered ankle ligament damage and it remains to be seen whether he will be able to bowl on the second morning.
It is bad luck for the visitors. He is a bowler in much the same mould as Makhaya Ntini who is ideally suited to South African conditions. He hits the deck hard, makes use of the full width of the crease and gets the ball to straighten appreciable off the seam.