1st Test: Kagiso Rabada six-for helps South Africa triumph against West Indies | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: an effervescence Kagiso Rabada notched an impressive six-for in the second set as hosts South Africa recorded a comfortable 87-point win over West Indies in the first Test at Centurion on Thursday.
The visitors beat Proteas for 116 in their second try of the morning session but chasing 247 were downed for 159.
Rabada went wild with numbers of 6 for 50 while Marco Jansen grabbed a few wickets. Anrich Nortje and Gerald Coetzee also shared a wicket each and South Africa took a 1-0 lead in a two-Test series.
The only noticeable resistance in the second run of the Windies came from Jermaine Blackwood who did a brave 79 before being the ninth man out.
The game rushed to a conclusion with over two days to spare as fast bowlers from both teams dominated on a variable-bounce pitch.
Kemar Roach of the West Indies dominated the morning as he took five for 47 as South Africa, coming on 49 for four, lost their last six wickets for 67 runs.
The wickets continued to fall as the West Indies struck.
Kraig Brathwaite was caught by Rabada’s leg in the only over before lunch.
Rabada had first innings top scorer Raymon Reifer caught for eight minutes shortly after lunch and Marco Jansen took two wickets in his first innings.
Tagenarine Chanderpaul was caught by a high jumper and Roston Chase pitched for first pitch.
When Gerald Coetzee had Kyle Mayers caught on the first slide by Dean Elgar for nothing, the West Indies were 33 for five with three of the top six out for the Ducks.
Blackwood played aggressively as he and Joshua Da Silva added 58 for the sixth wicket before Rabada had Da Silva caught on third slip by Keegan Petersen for 17 shortly before tea.
There was more resistance from Jason Holder, who scored 18 in a 37-point stand with Blackwood before Rabada struck again, having Holder caught behind.
Blackwood single-handedly led the fight against the South Africans, hitting eight fours and a six in an aggressive half-century that came from just 51 balls.
Playing with the tail, his scoring rate slowed as he headed for 79 when he became a fifth victim for Rabada, fending off a lift ball to Aiden Markram on the second slip.
From the last ball of the same over, Rabada trapped Kemar Roach’s leg before the wicket to conclude the match.
Wicketkeeper Da Silva previously had seven catches in South Africa’s second leg to tie the Test world record for dismissals in one leg, joining Wasim Bari of Pakistan, Bob Taylor of England, Ian Smith of Nova Zealand and fellow West Indian Ridley Jacobs.

South Africa’s troubles started early when Heinrich Klaasen played a loose drive against Jason Holder and was caught for seven in the third set of the morning.
First-inning century-maker Markram took his score overnight from 35-47 before being caught by Roach’s first ball of the day.
South Africa fell to 80 in eight, with West Indies bowlers rarely giving batsmen a chance to play an attacking shot.
New cap Gerald Coetzee had a spirited 20 from 15 balls, including six and four successive balls from Gabriel before Roach finished the innings.
(With contributions from AFP)


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