GROS ISLET – South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada took five wickets as the tourist cruised to victory over West Indies by an innings and 63 runs before lunch on day three of the first test in Saint Lucia on Saturday.
West Indies followed its paltry first innings score of 97 by being bowled out for 162 in reply to South Africa’s 322, as the tourist’s seamers took advantage of a helpful wicket that had both variable bounce and plenty of seam movement. Roston Chase, batting in an unfamiliar number four position, top-scored for the home side with a well-played 62, before he was bowled by left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj (2-23). No-one else managed more than 14 in the innings.
Rabada returned figures of 5-34 in West Indies’ second innings after fellow seamer Lungi Ngidi impressed with 5-19 in the first, providing food for thought for the host ahead of the second and final test that starts at the same venue on Friday. Man of the match Quinton de Kock said: “A proud moment, got the team into a winning position. Glad to contribute to the team and get over the line.
South Africa captain Dean Elgar said: “Collective effort by the side, a three-week process leading to this Test so it didn’t come by luck. Asked individuals to score hundreds and get five-fors, and we’ve got three accolades. “If there was anything in the wicket, it was going to be first innings, we bowled brilliantly, and our batting unit passed 300… we’ve been struggling to great to put a stamp of authority on the bowling attack.
“The basics of bowling applied on a wicket like that, always one with your name on it, so have to execute your skill and utilise the facilities.” “Lungi was brilliant, he executed the basics to a T. Quinny showed the world-class cricketer that he is, and KG tries his backside off, great to reap his reports today. Anrich is a massive trump card, a bit shorter so skiddier, and at 140+ kph. A great balance that we have at the moment.”
WEST INDIES 97 and 162 (Chase 62, Powell 14, Rabada 5-34, Nortje 3-46) beat SOUTH AFRICA 322 (de Kock 141*, Holder 4-75) by 143 runs