Kagiso Rabada had flown under the radar in the tournament until the fourth ball of his second over. Having seen Wayne Parnell draw Andre Fletcher's edge the over before, Rabada tried the same against Johnson Charles, but with an extra yard of pace. He breached the 147kph mark with his third delivery; Charles had a waft and was beaten. Then, Rabada hurled in another delivery around the same speed. This time though, he held the length back. Charles, clearly startled to move his feet, sent the outside edge to Chris Morris at second slip. Rabada responded in a celebratory style reminiscent of Dale Steyn's - he fist-pumped, leapt up and roared - in a clear demonstration of how much it means to him to lead the attack.
Eleven years earlier, South Africa's current bowling coach Charl Langeveldt took a hat-trick at Kensington Oval. Today, one of his charges, Kagiso Rabada, had the chance to do the same. After removing Andre Fletcher and Marlon Samuels off successive balls, Rabada was on a hat-trick. At the top of his mark, Rabada received some instructions from his captain. At the crease, Denesh Ramdin shuffled into position. On the sidelines, Langeveldt moved nervously into a better viewing position. All of it was for nothing. Rabada's hat-trick delivery strayed down the leg side, well out of Ramdin's reach and Langeveldt's piece of history.
Both Darren Bravo and Morne Morkel's days may have turned out differently after the second ball of the 11th over. Morkel banged in a short and wide ball, Bravo was late on the hook and top-edged to long leg. Wayne Parnell could have simply stood in place, raised his arms and taken the catch but thought he needed to jump as well. In doing so, he parried the ball and himself over the rope. Not only did he shell the chance but he cost the team six runs too. Bravo was on 11 at the time and went on to score 102.
West Indies put down their first opportunity to take an early South African wicket when Denesh Ramdin put down Hashim Amla , but he made up for it two overs later to give Shannon Gabriel much deserved reward. The opening bowler drew the bottom edge from de Kock, Ramdin was moving to his right and then had to change direction to take the catch. Ramdin celebrated but only after Gabriel pleaded with Umpire Kumar Dharmasena and de Kock was sent on his way.
Kieron Pollard was a visibly irritated man when he was caught on the long-off boundary, but he may have been a little more irked when asked to field at backward point with Sunil Narine in operation during South Africa's reply. But if Pollard was annoyed with his lot, it didn't show. When Chris Morris jabbed at a quicker one to get an inside edge, Pollard leapt at it one-handed. He grabbed the ball with his right hand and took off on a celebration Imran Tahir-style towards the boundary. As is his style, Pollard stopped short of running too much and took a bow instead: first to the crowd and then to change room. It was his night, after all.