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1st Test, Gros Islet, June 10 - 12, 2021, South Africa tour of West Indies

South Africa won by an innings and 63 runs

Player Of The Match
West Indies 1st Innings
South Africa 1st Innings
West Indies 2nd Innings
Match Flow
West Indies 1st Innings 
b Nortje1545582033.33
b Nortje1532491046.87
c †de Kock b Rabada1032561031.25
c Markram b Ngidi854751014.81
c van der Dussen b Nortje17120014.28
c Petersen b Nortje19190011.11
c Markram b Ngidi2041663048.78
c Mulder b Ngidi044000.00
c Markram b Ngidi13111720118.18
c †de Kock b Ngidi12130050.00
not out 01129000.00
Extras(lb 4, nb 3, w 6)13
TOTAL40.5 Ov (RR: 2.37)97
Fall of wickets: 1-24 (Shai Hope, 11.4 ov), 2-31 (Kraigg Brathwaite, 13.2 ov), 3-45 (Nkrumah Bonner, 24.1 ov), 4-46 (Kyle Mayers, 25.6 ov), 5-56 (Jermaine Blackwood, 29.4 ov), 6-56 (Roston Chase, 30.1 ov), 7-56 (Joshua Da Silva, 30.5 ov), 8-74 (Rahkeem Cornwall, 34.1 ov), 9-80 (Kemar Roach, 36.1 ov), 10-97 (Jason Holder, 40.5 ov)
24.1 to NE Bonner, Rabada finally gets some reward for excellent seam bowling. He beat the bat many times but this time he finds the edge and de Kock makes no mistake. Bonner's resistance doesn't last long. Was a length ball that moved away after pitching and squared Bonner up, a healthy outside edge this time. 45/3
30.1 to RL Chase, Ngidi is in the wickets now! This is another non-descript departure, tight line, a bit of extra bounce, kisses the edge and a thin deflection to second slip. This is getting messy now. 56/6
30.5 to J Da Silva, stunning take at third slip! De Silva tries to play with soft hands, as Ngidi probes once more on off stump, a bit of bounce and a hint of away movement. The edge was heading down all the way, but that's a superb plunge from Mulder, forward and across to leave the innings in freefall!. 56/7
34.1 to RRS Cornwall, flogged high over the cordon, but he's not got hold of it! That's circling high above Gros Piton, and Markram steadies himself well as he sprints back from the slips towards the boundary, grabbing it over his shoulder to dent a fleeting fightback. 74/8
36.1 to KAJ Roach, edged and gone! That's exceptional areas from Ngidi, Shaun Pollock would approve of that line and length, allied to some extra bounce, ripping into the edge, high on the blade, and snicked through to the keeper. There's been some poor batting today, but that was just excellent bowling. 80/9
40.5 to JO Holder, Ngidi has a five-for. West Indies have been bowled out for 97, their lowest total against South Africa. It was a length ball in the channel. Holder needn't play at it but he pushes at it, gets an outside edge and an easy catch for Markram at second slip. 97/10
11.4 to SD Hope, splat! Top of off goes walkabout as Nortje finds the perfect line and length! That is pinpoint, Full, lifting, angling away, beating the outside edge, and nailing the top of the timber.. 24/1
13.2 to KC Brathwaite, Brathwaite shoulders arms, and hears the death clatter! That's a bad misjudgment, the scrambled seam does the trick, jagging back and kissing the outside of the off stump. The openers are toast, and South Africa are in firm control. 31/2
25.6 to KR Mayers, that was a nothing short. Mayers was stuck at the crease, was a length ball around off but Mayers was on the back foot, looking to play a pull. But it's well outside off and he ends up lobbing it in the air towards extra cover. An easy catch for van de Dussen. West Indies in big trouble here. 46/4
29.4 to J Blackwood, limp, limp, limp! That's a horrible way to go, back of a length, outside off, Blackwood dangles his bat at the wide one, neither throwing the kitchen sink nor leaving well alone. Catching practice to gully, and South Africa continue their march. 56/5
South Africa 1st Innings 
c Blackwood b Roach053000.00
c †Da Silva b Seales601101657054.54
c Holder b Seales1929402065.51
c Hope b Holder461482015031.08
c †Da Silva b Seales68111075.00
not out 14117025712782.94
c †Da Silva b Holder2557774043.85
c Powell b Cornwall01014000.00
c Holder b Roach417221023.52
c Hope b Holder729721024.13
c †Da Silva b Holder049000.00
Extras(b 4, lb 1, nb 6, w 3)14
TOTAL96.5 Ov (RR: 3.32)322
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Dean Elgar, 0.5 ov), 2-34 (Keegan Petersen, 9.6 ov), 3-113 (Aiden Markram, 38.1 ov), 4-119 (Kyle Verreynne, 40.3 ov), 5-162 (Rassie van der Dussen, 56.5 ov), 6-215 (Wiaan Mulder, 74.5 ov), 7-222 (Keshav Maharaj, 77.2 ov), 8-233 (Kagiso Rabada, 82.4 ov), 9-312 (Anrich Nortje, 94.6 ov), 10-322 (Lungi Ngidi, 96.5 ov)
0.5 to D Elgar, West Indies have the first wicket. Fuller and closer to the bat from Roach this time. Elgar cannot resist pushing at it but the ball moves away and takes the outside edge. A brilliant catch by Blackwood at third slip, he throws himself to his left and pouches it with both hands, around waist height. 0/1
82.4 to K Rabada, length ball, swooping in and away, flies off the edge - swallowed at second slip! Easy does it, Roach removes Rabada with some elementary swing bowling after he had been softened up by Seales. The only worry is what he might do by way of payback when SA come out to bowl again shortly. 233/8
56.5 to HE van der Dussen, gottim! Holder bags van der Dussen, feeling for it in the channel and a thick low edge flies to gully! Nagging line from Holder and it pays off... you thought RvD² was bedding in nicely to leave balls like that all day long, but he propped forward at this one and Hope swooped to hold a sharp chance!. 162/5
74.5 to PWA Mulder, short of a length, Mulder fiddles... and feathers an edge to the keeper! Second wicket of the day for Holder and he breaks another useful stand. No great conviction to Mulder's attempt at a back-foot punch, and there's an audible nick through to Da Silva. 215/6
94.6 to A Nortje, this one kicks off a length and puts Nortje in an awkward position. He ends up fending at it, and the ball lobs towards gully where Hope dives forward to complete the catch. Finally, West Indies manage to break the stand. 312/9
96.5 to L Ngidi, fuller ball in the channel. Ngidi pushes at it and gets an outside edge. A simple catch for Da Silva behind the stumps as South Africa's innings comes to an end. 322/10
9.6 to KD Petersen, edged and Seales strikes in his first over! That's a superb way to make his mark, rising into the splice, fenced to Holder at second slip, Petersen departs, and suddenly there's a contest brewing in St Lucia!. 34/2
38.1 to AK Markram, length ball outside off, just around that fourth stump. Markram has to play at it but the ball moves off the seam and takes the outside edge on its way to the keeper. Seales has his second wicket. 113/3
40.3 to K Verreynne, Seales has his third. Verreynne flashes at a short of length delivery outside off, gets a thick outside edge and Da Silva takes a smart catch with fingers pointing upwards. 119/4
77.2 to KA Maharaj, jabbed to the right of short leg - who scoops a blinder! Brilliant take from Kieran Powell, going low to snaffle a one-hander and send Maharaj on his way! That's a superb take at bat-pad, squeezed off the inside edge and then the knee roll, Powell stayed down all the way and thrust out his right hand to cling on with his fingertips. So de Kock's faith is misplaced on this occasion, as Cornwall strikes. 222/7
West Indies 2nd Innings 
lbw b Rabada713211053.84
lbw b Rabada1433513042.42
c Mulder b Nortje1228591042.85
b Maharaj621562027139.74
c Mulder b Nortje1291230133.33
c van der Dussen b Rabada1345851028.88
b Maharaj415390026.66
b Rabada951691017.64
c van der Dussen b Rabada047000.00
not out 1323390256.52
c Mulder b Nortje39160033.33
Extras(b 8, lb 2, nb 2, w 1)13
TOTAL64 Ov (RR: 2.53)162
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Kraigg Brathwaite, 4.2 ov), 2-25 (Kieran Powell, 10.2 ov), 3-37 (Shai Hope, 15.1 ov), 4-51 (Kyle Mayers, 17.4 ov), 5-97 (Jermaine Blackwood, 36.6 ov), 6-125 (Jason Holder, 44.1 ov), 7-140 (Roston Chase, 54.4 ov), 8-141 (Rahkeem Cornwall, 55.4 ov), 9-146 (Joshua Da Silva, 59.6 ov), 10-162 (Jayden Seales, 63.6 ov)
4.2 to KC Brathwaite, length ball, stays low, Brathwaite hit on the shin... SA all go up, but Joel Wilson shakes his head. Elgar, after some discussion, reviews, and I think this is a clear-cut job for the TV umpire. Struck on the front pad bang in front of middle, and that is demolishing the stumps according to Hawk-Eye! Huge roar from the SA huddle, Wilson signals the decision has been overturned and West Indies' captain slopes off. 12/1
10.2 to KOA Powell, struck in front as he flicks to leg, that looked out - and Wilson gives it! Powell has a chat with his partner and reviews, but Rabada only needs this to be clipping, remember. Top of leg stump, according to ball-tracking, and Powell gets the umpire's raised finger for a second time! Rabada breezes through West Indies' replacement opener. 25/2
36.6 to J Blackwood, Rabada provides the breakthrough. Fuller this time, just outside off. Blackwood goes for the drive but he isn't to the pitch of the ball. Fails to keep it down and van der Dussen takes a low catch at short extra cover. 97/5
55.4 to RRS Cornwall, a floppy waft through the line, and plopped to mid-off! That's a bit of a surrender shot, pitched up, Cornwall latches onto the drive, doesn't get hold of it, and this could yet be over by lunch!. 141/8
59.6 to J Da Silva, left alone and that's five for Rabada! Da Silva hasn't been entirely comfortable since that blow on the elbow, and this is another terrible misjudgment, with the same result as Holder earlier. The off stump is plucked out by the length ball, and this is all done bar the champagne spraying. 146/9
15.1 to SD Hope, and Nortje strikes straightaway after the drinks break. Was short of a length outside off, think Hope expected it to rise more than it did and found himself in an awkward fending position. Gets a thick outside edge to Mulder at third slip. 37/3
17.4 to KR Mayers, a brilliant catch by Mulder and Mayers departs as well. Fuller outside off, Mayers was stuck on the back foot after being peppered in the last over. Pushes at it with an open face of the bat and ends up steering it towards third slip where Mulder takes a smart catch. 51/4
63.6 to JNT Seales, flashing drive to third slip, and South Africa surge to victory! Nortje, the man who started the rot has finished it too. A sharp take to a flying edge, cupped hands to his right, and South Africa seal an emphatic three-day innings win. 162/10
44.1 to JO Holder, ... left alone and out comes the off peg! My word, that is abject... a nothing delivery, lobbed onto a good length, Holder plays for spin, there's none forthcoming. And West Indies are right in the soup now. Shane Warne would have called that a zooter, but Maharaj will admit it was nothing more than a sighter. And his sights were in alright. 125/6
54.4 to RL Chase, no review needed this time! Flighted delivery, giving Chase too many options for the stroke he wanted to play, eventually settled for the cut, but the ball was already underneath him by then! An under-edge into the stumps, and West Indies' resistance is almost done. 140/7
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Thu, 10 Jun - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 128/4 (Rassie van der Dussen 34*, Quinton de Kock 4*, 43 ov)
Fri, 11 Jun - day 2 - West Indies 2nd innings 82/4 (Roston Chase 21*, Jermaine Blackwood 10*, 30 ov)
Sat, 12 Jun - day 3 - West Indies 2nd innings 162 (64 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
  • Over 33.1: Review by West Indies (Batting), Umpire - GO Brathwaite, Batsman - J Blackwood (Upheld)
  • Over 33.5: Review by West Indies (Batting), Umpire - GO Brathwaite, Batsman - J Blackwood (Upheld)
  • West Indies: 100 runs in 37.6 overs (229 balls), Extras 7
  • Drinks: West Indies - 122/5 in 43.0 overs (RL Chase 50, JO Holder 1)
  • RL Chase: 50 off 122 balls (7 x 4)
  • Over 58.3: Review by South Africa (Bowling), Umpire - JS Wilson, Batsman - KAJ Roach (Struck down - Umpires Call)
  • Over 59.3: Review by South Africa (Bowling), Umpire - GO Brathwaite, Batsman - J Da Silva (Struck down)
  • West Indies: 150 runs in 61.6 overs (374 balls), Extras 13
Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
TossWest Indies, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultSouth Africa led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2424
Match days10,11,12, June 2021 - day (5-day match)
WI Player Replacement
Substitute in out (2nd innings, 0.1 ov)
Test debut
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsSouth Africa 60, West Indies 0
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