Nortje, Ngidi surge through West Indies
South Africa pace bowlers have given themselves a great advantage on day one of the first Test against West Indies at Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet.
West Indies chose to bat first on a pace-friendly pitch that got better as the day progressed. South Africa’s first Test in the Caribbean in 11 years turned out to be eventful bowling West Indies for 97 – their lowest total against the Proteas.
Anrich Nortje made early inroads with rippers to send back Shai Hope and skipper Kraigg Brathwaite. He took another before lunch to leave the hosts rattling at 48/4 in the first session.
Lungi Ngidi joined the wickets party to bag his second Test fifer – 5/19 in 13.5 overs that included 7 maidens. Nortje remained with 4/35 while Kagiso Rabada took one wicket.
It could have been even worse for West Indies, who were 56/7 at one stage, had Jason Holder not hung around for 20 runs. But they have lost Nkrumah Bonner for the rest of the match after a concussion. Kieran Powell was named as like-for-like substitute.
Kemar Roach dismissed new full-time South Africa captain Dean Elgar for a five-ball duck in the first over. The second session saw seven wickets falling.
Debutant Jayden Seales, who played only one first-class match before, was straight into the act after lunch as he dismissed South African debutant Keegan Petersen (19) after tea. The 19-year-old pacer went on to pick up two more to add to his one wicket first-class tally.
Aiden Markram led the way for the visitors, making 110-ball 60 runs with 7 boundaries. Rassie van der Dussen (34* off 104) and Quinton de Kock (4*) will resume day two.
South Africa are 128/4 after 43 overs at stumps, leading by 31 runs.
West Indies 97 in 40.5 overs (Holder 20; Ngidi 5/19, Nortje 4/35)
South Africa 128/4 in 43 overs (Markram 60, van der Dussen 34*; Seales 3/34, Roach 1/27)
South Africa lead by 31 runs
Stumps- Day 1