The first Test match of the ongoing Test series between South Africa and West Indies concluded on Thursday (March 2). South Africa dominated the match one-sidedly and pocketed the match on the third day. South Africa’s experienced fast bowler Kagiso Rabada played an important role in the team’s victory by picking up 6 wickets in the second innings.
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The bowlers dominated the match on all three days, played at the SuperSports Park ground in Centurion. Batting first, Dean Elgar and Aidan Markram opened centuries for South Africa. Elgar scored 71 runs. Markram, who has been in superb form in the New Year, converted his innings to a century to take South Africa to a big total. Eight victims fell on this ground on the first day. The next day soon South Africa’s first innings ended on 342 runs.
In the first innings of West Indies, except for Ramon Reefer, the other batsmen could not put up much of a fight. He completed a solo half-century. Fast bowler Enrique Norqua top-scored with five wickets for South Africa. West Indies’ first innings ended on just 212 runs. South Africa’s second innings started very badly. Alzari Joseph and Jason Holder took their four wickets for 49 runs. As many as 16 wickets were lost in this match on the second day.
Early on the third day, Kemar Roach took 4 wickets to end South Africa’s innings at 116 runs. West Indies then needed to score 247 runs in two and a half days to win. However, Rabada restricted the West Indies to 159 by naming him Sahabali. German Blackwood put up a solitary fight scoring 79 runs. However, West Indies lost by 87 runs. Markram, who scored a first innings century for South Africa, was the man of the match.
(South Africa Beat West Indies In First Test By 87 Runs)
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