Highlights, West Indies vs South Africa, 1st Check Day 3 at St Lucia, Full Cricket Rating: Guests go 1-0 up with innings and 63-run win

Highlights, West Indies vs South Africa, 1st Check Day 3 at St Lucia, Full Cricket Rating: Guests go 1-0 up with innings and 63-run win

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Day 2 report: The West Indies’ batting faltered for the second time in as many days on Friday, protecting South Africa in a commanding place at stumps on the second day of the primary cricket Check.

After being dismissed for 97 on the primary day, the West Indies slumped to 51-4 because it started its second innings 225 runs behind South Africa.

Quinton de Kock’s unbeaten 141 guided South Africa to 322 in its first innings and the vacationer’s bowlers once more rapidly ran by way of the West Indies’ high order.

A cussed 31-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Roston Chase and Jermaine Blackwood halted the slide and lifted the West Indies to 82-4 at stumps when the deficit was 143. Chase was 21 and Blackwood 10 at stumps and their partnership occupied the final 13 overs of the day.

Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje shared the 4 wickets that fell within the final session.

Rabada trapped Kraigg Brathwaite lbw for seven within the fifth over, then eliminated Kieran Powell for 14 in an identical method within the eleventh over.

Nortje dismissed Shai Hope (12) and Kyle Mayers (12) in consecutive overs. Mayers fell to an outstanding catch at third slip by Wiaan Mulder.

Earlier, de Kock breezed to his sixth century and his highest Check rating to offer South Africa a formidable first innings lead.

Launched of the stress of captaincy, de Kock batted with fluency to realize his first century towards the West Indies earlier than South Africa’s first innings ended at tea.

“I simply needed to get on the market and bat time,” de Kock stated. “The runs I assumed had been going to come back in some unspecified time in the future.

“Simply to have the ability to keep on the market and get the workforce into a robust place clearly was fairly satisfying.”

De Kock was taking part in his first Check since giving up the captaincy and taking a break from cricket for psychological well being causes.

He entered the fray with South Africa 119-4 late on day one and with the ball nonetheless transferring about. De Kock anchored the Proteas from there, clubbing 12 fours and 7 sixes and single-handedly taking the assault to the West Indian bowlers at occasions.

“The ball was nonetheless transferring round so I simply needed to place myself in sturdy positions and put the unhealthy balls away,” de Kock stated. “That was the mindset this morning.”

De Kock hit 68 of the 79 runs he placed on with Anrich Nortje for the ninth wicket.

De Kock had luck, too, with two let-offs. He was dropped on 83 by Mayers, who could not cling on to a working, diving effort at nice leg. Mayers did maintain on for a catch in the identical place when de Kock was on 117, however bowler Jason Holder was referred to as for a no-ball.

Holder took 4-75 and 19-year-old quick bowler Jayden Seales 3-75 on his Check debut, however West Indies was properly behind. Seales was additionally the unfortunate bowler when Mayers dropped de Kock.

De Kock shared a 43-run partnership with Rassie van der Dussen (46) and placed on 53 with Wiaan Mulder (25) however actually took management within the second half of the South African innings.

Tailender Nortje (7) gave him help, though he needed to do little greater than survive on the different finish whereas de Kock unleashed the boundaries.

“Clearly we have batted ourselves into an excellent place,” de Kock stated. “The bowlers got here out aggressive and hit the mark.

“The wicket is a bit up and down now by the look of it however there’s nonetheless a little bit of swing round and we now have to ensure we keep on it. I am positive we’ll be alright.”

With inputs from The Related Press

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