1st Test, Centurion, February 28 - March 02, 2023, West Indies tour of South Africa
342 & 116
(T:247) 212 & 159

South Africa won by 87 runs

Player Of The Match
115 & 47
Match centre 
Scores: Chandan Duorah | Comms: Deivarayan Muthu
Scorecard summary
South Africa 342/10(86.3 overs)
115 (174)
5/81 (18.3)
71 (118)
1/23 (10)
West Indies 212/10(69 overs)
South Africa 116/10(28 overs)
5/47 (10)
West Indies 159/10(41 overs)
end of over 412 runs • 2 wickets
WI: 159/10CRR: 3.87 
Shannon Gabriel1 (5b)
Kagiso Rabada 15-3-50-6
Marco Jansen 7-2-33-2

Right, then another Test match that ends in three days. South Africa the deserved winners here. Deiva's report is in, so if you missed any action on the day, we have you covered. But that will be it from us. Thanks for tuning in. This is Ashish Pant signing off on behalf of Deiva and Chandan. Good night!

Kagiso Rabada: Wasn't the best wicket. When it is squatting down late on day two, you know there is a lot of work for us to do. We kept sure to keep the good intensity and make sure we do well. [On the Australia tour] You never stop learning in this game. There is always some sort of learning curve. Australia was a downer. When you play on good wickets like that, you become a better bowler. That's was I took out of Australia. We always measure ourselves on intensity, and how we keep coming back. [On Coetzee] He spoke earlier about the headband, when he crosses the line, he becomes somewhere else. It is an additive to his pace. The pace is natural but backing that up is his mentality, he just wants to give it all. [On if Rabada remembers his debut] I was playing in Mohali on a dustbowl, so I think this is a bit better. [On Markram] Aiden is a remarkable player. I have known him since the age-group level and he is a magnificent batter when he is on song. When you need him the most, he delivers. He is a BMT [big match temperament].

Here's the debutant Gerald Cotzee chatting up Mark Nicholas and Shaun Pollock: [On his debut] I had a lot of fun. Don't have many words, will cherish this win. We have an unbelievable bowling attack, just made me really calm. [On SA20] The SA20 helped tremendously with the big crowds. There is not a big crowd, but I was nervous. But the nerves were a bit better. [The headband] Just to keep the sweat out of my face. Don't want to keep removing the sweat. I am a massive Rafa fan. [On his experience] I have got a lot to learn. I am at the start of my journey. Going to Australia, and seeing how these boys operate, was great. [On Markram] He is just easy on the eye, is beautiful.

ShahSafeer: "Bowlers like KG and Anrich deserve to play more Test matches. KG has been extremely special for SA as they continue to produce supreme bowlers, Donald, Steyn and now him!"

Eric: "So much for whoever said that Rabada is not himself yesterday. I guess he proved you wrong."

Aiden Markram is the Player of the Match: Always nice to get a Test win. On a hot day, that feels well. [Opening the batting] Pretty much what I have done my whole career. We all want to score runs, sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. I have played a lot of cricket here and to front up at home, I am glad I could do well. [On the surface] It starts off quite slower, but once the sun bakes it, the cracks open up. Quite slow on day one and then quickens up as the Test goes on. [On his runs] A bit of fortune but will take it.

Temba Bavuma, the South Africa captain up next: Feels good, we came to do just that. Big positive for us. [On the collapse] That was a crazy hour at the end. We threw the advantage and all the good work we did. We knew we had the opportunity today as we had runs on the board. The wicket did not get easier, there was variable bounce. With our attack, we are used to defending that. [On a score that would have felt comfortable to defend] Never really spoke about a score. We did not get many partnerships. At the time Aiden was there, Klaasen came in, for me 300 would have been very tough. The 250 lead eventually, proved to be a lot. The bowlers need to rest, it was a big effort from them. The batters need to get together and have that game plan. We need to do better next time.

Here's Kraigg Brathwaite, the West Indies captain: As a batting unit, only batting 100 overs in both the innings, that was a big loss. We should have batted at least 90 overs in the first innings. [On the surface] I did not last too long. Some balls were keeping low, some balls were getting bounce. It had a lot for the bowlers. But we should have done better with the bat. Our bowlers did a good job. SA batted extremely well on day one, but the bowlers pulled things back int the last session, With the bat, we weren't good enough. Today, the bowlers bowled SA out for under 120. As batters, we have to improve. We just have to come better in the next game. There is not much you can do, we can have nets. Mentally, when you get in, you have to be more clear, be more precise. We can't go practicing and change the technique. We got starts, but we did not get any hundreds, but we have to get starts and get some runs. [Bowlers] They are very potent bowlers. They did not do well in Australia, but Kemar and Alzarri and Jason this morning, were superb.

Presentation time.

4.07pm Handshakes across both sides. Rabada has a massive smile on his face and why not! Aiden Markram leads the team off the field. And to be honest, he was the difference between the two sides. His century and 47 runs across the two innings has been the deciding factor. Jermaine Blackwood fought hard scoring 79, but that target was a bit too out of West Indies' reach. Rabada finishes with 6 for 50. He put on a monumental spell after the break and West Indies had no answers. Another match that ends in three days.

Saptarshi: "What's the mathematic now for SA regarding WTC?" They are out of the race.

Corniel: "It's going to be hard to pick a MoTM out of Markram, Nortje, Rabada, Blackwood, Joseph and Roach. They all played well. Markram and Blackwood the only Batsmen that played with any real freedom across both innings." Markram the POTM, for me,

Ramble: "I know there are problems with the test batting of both these teams, but it shouldn't be overlooked that these are also 2 fine pace attacks in helpful conditions. This WI attack knocked over England twice at home, admittedly pre-Stokes/McCullum, but still. "

Eye of Sauron: "Blackwood's 79 is the 3rd highest score by a West Indies batsman in the fourth innings in South Africa. Dwayne Smith's unbeaten century and Lara's 86, both at Cape Town in January 2004 are the first two on the list. "

Rabada to Roach, OUT

That's that! Rabada has six and South Africa win by 87 runs! First win for coach Conrad. Pacy length ball on off that hits Roach bang in front of the stumps. He was back as well. Up goes the umpire's finger almost in an instance. Rabada steps up when it is needed the most!

Kemar Roach lbw b Rabada 12 (18b 2x4 0x6 27m) SR: 66.66
Rabada to Gabriel, 1 run

Goes for the yorker, end up being a low full toss that he pushes to long on

Rabada to Gabriel, no run

Ooh, nasty bouncer that raps Gabriel hard on the gloves as the ball goes to the off side. He has a wry smile on his face.

Rabada to Gabriel, no run

Back of a length ball that hits Gabriel hard on the thigh pad and lobs on the pitch

Rabada to Gabriel, no run

Winds up for a massive swing to a length ball outside off. Misses by some distance.

Rabada to Gabriel, (no ball)

Good length ball angling into Gabriel who tucks it to square leg. Rabada has over-stepped as well

Thanks, Deiva. Shannon Gabriel is the last man in.

Over to Ashish to apply the finishing touches

Rabada to Blackwood, OUT

Rabada takes out Blackwood and all but wraps it up for SA. 13th five-wicket haul for Rabada. Kicks up from a length and outside off, the batter leaps but can't keep the ball down. Fends it into the hands of second slip. Fine innings from Blackwood nevertheless

Jermaine Blackwood c Markram b Rabada 79 (93b 12x4 1x6 155m) SR: 84.94
end of over 403 runs
WI: 157/8CRR: 3.92 
Kemar Roach12 (17b 2x4)
Jermaine Blackwood79 (92b 12x4 1x6)
Marco Jansen 7-2-33-2
Kagiso Rabada 14-3-48-4
Jansen to Roach, 2 runs

tucked away off the pads through square leg for a couple of runs to close out the over

Nick: "SA supporter (although WI is my backup team). SA batting needs a wakeup call somehow... so I'm backing WI to win this"

Jansen to Roach, no run

short and down leg, Roach ducks under it

Jansen to Roach, no run

back of a length and skips away past outside edge near the shoulder of the bat

Surath: "Looks to me, JB is batting on a different pitch! Wish he had some support from the so called specialist batsmen"

Jansen to Blackwood, 1 run

short and wide of off, cracked away off the back foot to deep point

Jansen to Blackwood, no run

short and down the leg side once again, good bounce this time, Blackwood ducks again

Jansen to Blackwood, no run

short and down the leg side, but does not bounce much, as Blackwood ducks under it

Jansen is back.

end of over 397 runs
WI: 154/8CRR: 3.94 
Kemar Roach10 (14b 2x4)
Jermaine Blackwood78 (89b 12x4 1x6)
Kagiso Rabada 14-3-48-4
Anrich Nortje 13-0-48-1
Rabada to Roach, no run

short and angling down the leg side, Roach shuffles inside the line and sees out the over

Rabada to Roach, no run

full and angling into middle, played to mid-on

Rabada to Roach, 2 leg byes

on the pads, tickled away fine of long leg once again but this is off the pad

Rabada to Roach, FOUR runs

on a length and outside off, this is a shot and a half from Roach. He takes it on the up and belts it through extra-cover

Rabada to Blackwood, 1 run

on a length and angling into middle, nudged away to the right of mid-on. Blackwood trusts Roach again and accepts the single on offer

Rabada to Blackwood, no run

full and veers in from outside off, keeps low, as Blackwood swishes and misses

end of over 385 runs
WI: 147/8CRR: 3.86 
Kemar Roach6 (10b 1x4)
Jermaine Blackwood77 (87b 12x4 1x6)
Anrich Nortje 13-0-48-1
Kagiso Rabada 13-3-43-4
Nortje to Roach, no run

short of a length and outside off, punched to cover on the back foot

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
AK Markram
115 runs (174)
18 fours0 six
Productive shot
cover drive
29 runs
6 fours0 six
J Blackwood
79 runs (93)
12 fours1 six
Productive shot
slog shot
14 runs
2 fours1 six
Best performances - bowlers
K Rabada
A Nortje
Match details
SuperSport Park, Centurion
TossSouth Africa, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultSouth Africa led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2495
Match days28 February, 1,2, March 2023 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsSouth Africa 12, West Indies 0
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