Current Match Report – West Indies vs South Africa 1st Check 2021


Quick bowlers surge as hosts are bundled for second two-figure complete since 2004

South Africa 30 for 1 (Petersen 19*, Markram 10*, Roach 1-13) path West Indies 97 (Holder 20, Ngidi 5-19, Nortje 4-35) by 67 runs

Dean Elgar recorded a duck in his first innings as everlasting Check captain however South Africa have been regular going into the tea break. Aiden Markram and debutant Keegan Petersen have already posted the very best partnership of the match up to now.

Elgar left the primary 4 deliveries of South Africa’s reply alone however was drawn into enjoying on the fifth which Kemar Roach pitched fuller than the remainder and nearer to the off stump. The ball took the skin edge and Jermaine Blackwood took a superb catch at third slip, diving to his left.

Roach had hopes of one other in his subsequent over when Markram withdrew from his stroke and edged between the wicketkeeper and Rahkeem Cornwall at first slip. Markram additionally had an enchantment for lbw in opposition to him, off Roach, turned down; Replays confirmed an inside edge.

On the different finish, Petersen impressed together with his tight approach and assured defence. He performed the shot of the innings with a wristy flick off the pads off Jason Holder to take South Africa to tea.

Earlier, Lungi Ngidi’s second Check five-for and a four-wicket haul from Anrich Nortje noticed West Indies dismissed for his or her lowest complete in opposition to South Africa.
West Indies have been bowled out for below 100 in Assessments simply as soon as since 2004 however, in situations with motion on provide and on a pitch with true bounce, South Africa’s assault condemned them to a different sub-triple-figure rating, to make them query the knowledge of selecting to bat first.

Between them, Nortje, Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada impressed with accuracy and aggression, leaving allrounder Wiaan Mulder and left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj with a lightweight workload on the opening day. Nortje made the early breakthroughs with three wickets within the morning session whereas Ngidi led the post-lunch surge, through which South Africa took six wickets in 13.5 overs.

No West Indies batsman scored greater than 20 and no partnership was value greater than 24. That’s extra a mirrored image on South Africa’s incisiveness than the hosts’ shot choice, and typically, there was little the batters may do in opposition to wonderful bowling and stable slip catching.

Rabada set the tone and seemed again to his menacing finest when he beat Kraigg Brathwaite with the brand new ball on a number of events however didn’t discover the sting. As a substitute, it was Nortje who struck on the different finish. He bowled Shai Hope within the excellent quick bowler’s trend because the ball angled away and hit the highest of off stump to interrupt a 24-run opening stand.

Nortje may have had a second wicket off the following ball when he greeted Nkrumah Bonner with a menacing quick ball that Bonner appeared to top-edge onto his badge. South Africa reviewed whereas Bonner had a concussion check. The previous was unsuccessful and confirmed no bat concerned and although he was deemed match to proceed, he was reassessed on the finish of the innings, and duly changed by Kieran Powell for the rest of the competition.

Three balls after Bonner’s helmet blow, Nortje bowled Brathwaite with a supply that jagged again into the West Indian captain and onto the skin of the off stump. Whereas Bonner and Roston Chase spent 65 balls collectively making an attempt to rebuild, however accrued simply 14 runs. Chase took 25 deliveries to get off the mark, and the strain informed. Bonner was squared up by Rabada and edged to Quinton de Kock earlier than new batter Kyle Mayers tried to drag a Nortje size ball however gifted Rassie van der Dussen a catch at additional cowl within the subsequent over on the stroke of lunch.

At that stage, Ngidi had bowled seven overs for 10 runs and had not taken a wicket, however he made up for it after the break. After Jermaine Blackwood performed the poorest stroke of the line-up when he hung his bat out to a back-of-a-length Nortje supply and was caught at gully, Ngidi had success together with his first ball of the second chase.

He generated additional bounce to have Roston Chase caught at second slip and 4 balls later had Joshua da Silva caught low at third slip, after edging a ball that moved away. 4 overs later, Rakheem Cornwall tried to smash Ngidi over the slip cordon however miscued and Aiden Markram took the catch operating from first slip in direction of third man. In his subsequent over, Ngidi had Roach caught behind and 4 overs after that, completed the innings off when Holder pushed at a ball exterior off and was caught at second slip.

Play started with West Indies, as they’ve achieved for the final 11 months, taking a knee in assist of anti-racism. For the primary time because the athlete activist motion started, South Africa opted to provide their gamers particular person selection over their gesture after their collective determination final 12 months to not take a knee however to put on armband and lift a fist as an alternative.

Rabada, Ngidi, Keshav Maharaj, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen and Kyle Verreynne took a knee. Elgar, Markram, Mulder and Nortje raised a fist whereas de Kock stood. On the sidelines, South Africa’s complete assist employees took a knee whereas one reserve participant raised a fist and one other stood.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent