South Africa rout West Indies in 2nd test
South Africa did undergo few uncertain moments of their own before finally beating the West Indies comfortably in the 2nd test to take the series 2-0. After a big defeat in the first test, West Indies did have their moments in the 2nd test at Gros Islet before their batting succumbed in both innings. South Africa rout West Indies in 2nd test.
The Proteas batted first and scored 298 in their first innings largely due to the efforts of skipper Dean Elgar’s superb 77 and Quinton De Kock’s sparkling 96. Edgar played neat strokes to hold the innings together at the start and De Kock’s glorious knock along with some support from Rabada (21) took the innings to 298. For West Indies veteran Kemar Roach (3/45) and seam allrounder Kyle Mayers (3/28) excelled by getting the ball to move around.
West Indies in reply was pathetic in the first innings. Apart from good knocks from Shai Hope (43) and Jermaine Blackwood (49), the total batting flopped & they were shot out for 149 and thus conceding a 149 huge lead on the first innings. For the Proteas, Rabada, Ngidi and Maharaj shared 2 wickets each while Mulder polished off the tail with astonishing figures of 3 wickets for 1 run.
With a big lead, South African batters thought that they will just pile on the runs. However, some spirited bowling by West Indies led by the unlikely bowling hero Kyle Mayers had the Proteas rattled against the movement off to seam. Markram and Elgar went defending to deliveries moving away. Petersen chopped one onto his stumps, Verreynne & De Kock got outside edges to balls moving away. Mulder and Maharaj got out to expansive drives, the latter brilliantly caught by Holder at slip as South Africa slumped to 73/7.
However a fine 8th wicket stand of 70 between Rassie Van Der Dussen and Rabada (40) rescued the Proteas and when they finally were all out for 174, Van Dussen was still undefeated on a magnificent 75 not out in a crisis.
Both Kyle Mayers (3/24 ) and Kemar Roach (4/52) bowled outstandingly to become the chief wreckers in the 2nd innings.
Set an imposing 324 to win, West Indies were never in the hunt against a supremely strong South African bowling attack. Powell(51), Mayers (34), Blackwood (35) did put on some resistance. However a brilliant hattrick by Keshav Maharaj, the first by a South African in last 61 years and first ever in 4th innings of a test, completely took the wind out of West Indies’ sails.
Maharaj got the wickets of Powell, Holder and De Silva off successive deliveries in the same over. As West Indies went from 107/3 to 107/6. Powell was caught a deep midwicket. Holder at short leg and De Silva was caught sensationally at leg slip with Mulder pulling off a stunning one-handed catch much to the joy of the South Africans !!.
Maharaj went on to take 5/36 and Rabada took 3/44 as West Indies. Finally succumbed to 165 allout and lost by 158 runs to lose the series 0-2.
Rabada for his 5 wickets in the match and two crucial knocks of 21 & 40. Was adjudged the player of the match while Quinton de Kock for his fine batting in a low scoring series was awarded the player of the series.
This was South Africa’s first away series win since 2017.
As for the West Indies , though their bowling had been decent throughout , their batting lacked the skill and determination to compete for long durations . Unless they improve their Test batting skills there are more humiliating series losses round the corner.
Match Summary :
South Africa won by 158 runs
RSA 298/10 (112.4 Ovs) 1st Innings
de Kock(wk) 96(162)
WI 149/10 (54 Ovs) 1st Innings
Shai Hope 43(103)
RSA 174/10 (53 Ovs) 2nd Innings
van der Dussen 75(142)
WI 165/10 (58.3 Ovs) 2nd Innings
K Powell 51(116)