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Proteas must limits winning target to 200, says AB

AB De Villiers, who scored 148, says they need to bowl the Windies out for as little as possible.

FILE:South African batsman AB de Villiers (R) plays a shot during the 3rd day of the third test match between South Africa and the West Indies at Newlands cricket stadium in Cape Town on 4 January, 2015. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Proteas batsman AB de Villiers says it will be difficult to chase a target of more than 200 if they are to win the third test against the West Indies.

South Africa scored 421 all out in their first innings, while the visitors notched up 329.

The West Indies will resume on 88/2 in their second innings and look to set a solid score to defend.

De Villiers, who scored 148 in the Proteas first innings, says they need to bowl the Windies out for as little as possible.

"I think anything over 200 will be tough to chase, achievable but tough. Anything less than that will be great obviously."

De Villiers says it wasn't the easiest pitch to bat on but he laboured to earn his score.

"I never felt like I was 100 percent in control. Maybe from 120 to 148 before I got out, that's 20-30 runs, I felt pretty comfortable because they weren't attacking me as much. But my 100 was definitely a hard work, no doubt about it."

He says the test is still evenly poised, provided the team scores valuable runs.

"I think there's more than enough for the bowlers to work with tomorrow but then again for the batters if you get in, you can score runs and cause some damage."

Play resumes at 10:30 this morning.