Gros-Islet, Saint Lucia (AFP) — Rassie van der Dussen’s unbeaten 75 and assist from Kagiso Rabada saved South Africa from a whole second innings collapse as they recovered from 73 for seven to ultimately be dismissed for 174 on the rain-shortened third day of the second Take a look at in opposition to the West Indies in St Lucia yesterday.
That left the house aspect with a frightening victory goal of 324 to stage the sequence after they had been thrashed by an innings and 63 runs within the first Take a look at on the identical Daren Sammy stadium venue every week earlier.
Captain Kraigg Brathwaite and opening accomplice Kieran Powell negotiated six overs to the shut of play, with the Caribbean aspect set to renew on the fourth day at 15 with out loss.
There was no profitable run chase in Take a look at matches at this venue because the first was performed in 2003, and the best fourth-innings whole thus far is 252 by the West Indies in a shedding effort in opposition to England in 2019.
“They bowled very well and credit score to them,” mentioned van der Dussen in recognising the problem dealing with his group when he was on the crease.
“We like the place we’re in the mean time, and regardless that we had been in bother batting within the second innings, we’re on the entrance foot on this sport and there was actually no motive to panic.”
Searching for to construct on a wholesome first-innings lead of 149 firstly of the day, the Proteas had been first thwarted by heavy rain which resulted in your entire morning session’s play being misplaced.
When play did get underway, they misplaced early wickets to Kemar Roach earlier than Kyle Mayers’ comparatively light seamers and swingers as soon as once more proved to be their undoing.
Roach prised out Aiden Markram within the first over of the innings.
Then, after altering ends to exchange struggling pacer Shannon Gabriel, he accounted for the opposite opener, Captain Dean Elgar.
Each fell to catches by Jason Holder at second slip.
Elgar’s demise triggered a collapse with six wickets tumbling for an additional 40 runs earlier than van der Dussen discovered a dependable accomplice in Rabada with the innings nearly in full ruins at 73 for seven.
Brathwaite rapidly turned to Mayers, who led the bowling effort within the first innings with figures of three for 28.
He loved fast success when Keegan Peterson dragged a large supply onto his stumps.
Mayers then despatched Kyle Verreynne to a catch on the wicket and claimed his third sufferer when Wiaan Mulder’s tried drive discovered Shai Hope at gully.
Nevertheless, the most important celebration got here simply minutes earlier than Mulder’s demise as Holder dismissed the prolific Quinton de Kock with out scoring.
With scores of 141 not out and 96 in his two earlier innings within the sequence, the jubilation of the West Indies gamers was comprehensible when the left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman edged his second supply to wicketkeeper Joshua da Silva.
Holder’s brilliance within the slip cordon was once more in proof when he dived full size to his proper at second slip to provide you with his fiftieth Take a look at catch in accounting for Keshav Maharaj off younger pacer Jayden Seales.
However Rabada combined positivity and journey with good sense in attending to 40, his highest Take a look at rating, and truly outscored van der Dussen of their 70-run, eighth-wicket partnership earlier than ambition acquired the higher of him and he skied a catch to cowl off the persevering Roach, who completed with 4 for 52.
Mayers’ haul of three for twenty-four gave him match figures of six for 52.
South Africa 1st Innings – 298
West Indies 1st Innings – 149
South Africa 2nd Innings
A Markram c Holder b Roach 4
D Elgar c Holder b Roach 10
Okay Petersen b Mayers 18
R van der Dussen not out 75
Okay Verreynne c da Silva b Mayers 6
Q de Kock c da Silva b Holder 0
W Mulder c Hope b Mayers 0
Okay Maharaj c Holder b Seales 6
Okay Rabada c sub (Bravo) b Roach 40
A Nortje c da Silva b Roach 3
L Ngidi st da Silva b Brathwaite 6
Extras (b1, lb1, w4) 6
Complete (53 overs, all out) 174
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Markram), 2-33 (Elgar), 3-44 (Petersen), 4-52 (Verreynne), 5-53 (de Kock), 6-54 (Mulder), 7-73 (Maharaj), 8-143 (Rabada), 9-152 (Nortje), 10-174 (Ngidi)
Bowling: Roach 13-1-52-4 (1w), Gabriel 6-0-28-0 (1w), Seales 11-3-34-1 (1w), Mayers 9-2-24-3, Holder 11-2-24-1, Brathwaite 3-0-10-1
West Indies 2nd Innings (goal 324)
Okay Brathwaite not out 5
Okay Powell not out 9
Extras (lb1) 1
Complete (6 overs, 0 wkt) 15
To bat: S Hope, R Chase, Okay Mayers, J Blackwood, J Holder, J da Silva, Okay Roach, J Seales, S Gabriel
Bowling: Okay Rabada 3-1-5-0, L Ngidi 2-0-6-0, Okay Maharaj 1-0-3-0
Toss: West Indies
Umpires: Joel Wilson (WIS), Gregory Brathwaite (WIS)
Match Referee: Richie Richardson (WIS)
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