A brilliant stroke-filled century from Quinton DeKock put South Africa in total control vs West Indies on the 2nd day of the first test. West Indies were struggling at 82/4 in 2nd innings after South Africa piled on 322 exclusively due to DeKock heroics
Starting at 127/4 South Africa did lose Van Dussen (46) early caught in slips off Jason Holder but De Kock took full control and had a 53 run stand with Moulder (25). However, the lower order could not support him enough till Nortje played a resolute innings which enabled de Kock to farm the strike and score off big shots.
After he gave up the captaincy, De Kock has looked more relaxed and was in sublime touch scoring rapidly off his trademark cover drives, lovely cuts and flicks and few great pull shots. He and Nortje got together when the South Africa score was 223/8. Dekock controlled the strike and went after the Windies bowlers. His footwork against pace and spin was amazing. He reached his 100 with a great pull off Mayers and took on Jason Holder hitting him for savage pulls and delightful drives through the off. In all DeKock hit 12 fours and 7 sixes in his sparkling 141 to take South Africa to 322 — a lead of 225.
For West Indies Jason Holder (4/75) and debutant 19-year-old, Jayden Seales (3/75) were the best bowlers.
West Indies by close in the 2nd innings was already rattled by the pace of Rabada and Nortje as both took 2 wickets each with the home side struggling at 82/4.
West Indies 97 & 82/4
South Africa 322 ( De Kock 141, Holder 4/75)