Gros-Islet (Saint Lucia) (AFP)
Quinton de Kock threw up a failing attack as he hit an unbeaten 141 to take South Africa to a total of 322 first innings and a dominant tea lead on day two of the first test in St. Lucia on Friday.
When Lungi Ngidi was the last to come out with South Africa 225 points ahead, the teams had an early tea. De Kock was the non-eliminated batsman after adding 100 points with four finishers who scored 11 points between them.
Having struggled in the previous four test matches with the captain’s burden, de Kock seemed more comfortable without that responsibility.
After a relatively quiet morning session at Daren Sammy cricket ground, he exploded in a series of offensive shots in the afternoon, reaching a sixth century test and the first against the West Indies.
De Kock reached his century with a six, one in seven in a round, also embellished with 12 ovens out of 170 deliveries.
In the closing stages of his team’s innings, the wicket keeper / batsman dominated the strike. Anrich Nortje contributed just seven points in a ninth wicket of 79, which left the local players looking deflated on the pitch.
The West Indies must survive the final session of Day 2 first, facing a huge deficit and the added worry of having to change the batting order to accommodate opening batsman Kieran Powell who was called into the game yesterday afternoon.
He replaces Nkrumah Bonner for concussion, who was struck in the number three helmet on day one.
South Africa exercised control from the start of the game.
De Kock led the way with 77 points in the first two hours for the loss of just one wicket, when former captain Jason Holder induced an outside edge from Rassie van der Dussen on 46 and Shai Hope held the hold. at the ravine.
Quick wickets after lunch lifted the West Indies, but it proved to be a brief respite with the unwavering Nortje in partnership with the Kock Creeper.
It was left to Holder to end the misery of the home side when he produced a sharp push to the tailender that resulted in a hold in the ravine. Then Holder had the last man Lungi Ngidi caught up to finish with the best bowling tricks of the four-for-75 innings.
He almost got de Kock’s wicket, but the celebrations when a top edge was caught in the long leg were bypassed by the call from the no-ball referee after consulting with the replay official. televised.
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