A dismal batting effort by the West Indies has placed them on the backfoot against South Africa after day one of the first test at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia. The “Proteas” closed with a 31 run lead on a day where 14 wickets tumbled.
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Winning the toss and opting to bat, the Caribbean side were bundled out for a mere 97, their lowest ever total against the opponents since the South Africans’ return to cricket in 1992.
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Only Jason Holder 20, Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwiate 15 each, Rahkeem Cornwall 13 and Nkrumah Bonner 10, got into double figures. Lungi Ngidi bagged 5-19 and Anrich Nortje 4-35. Debutant pacer Jayden Seales then gave the West Indies a chance of redeeming themselves as he’s so far bagged 3-34 to reduce the South Africans to 128-4 in reply. Kemar Roach 1-27, has taken the other wicket.
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Aiden Markram has so top scored with 60. Quinton de Kock 5 and Rassie van der Dussen 34, will resume battle on Friday’s second day. Meanhwile, captain Kraigg Brathwaite has defended the decision to bat first which saw the home team being skittled out for 97 in their first innings. Even though the team is behind after day one, Brathwaite still believes they can turn things around.