Seaman Lungi Ngidi used his cunning to take five wickets for 19 races as South Africa beat the West Indies for 97 and took the initiative on day one of the first test in St. Lucia on Thursday.
After winning the draw, the home side recorded their lowest test total against South Africa, which reached the close with 128 for four in response, a 31-point lead over a wicket that s’ proves difficult to mark. Rassie van der Dussen (34 years old) and Quinton de Kock (4 not eliminated) will resume the course of the second day, looking to stabilize what has been a fragile top six for the touring team in recent times.
Jayden Seales, the spirited teenager from the West Indies, who has only played one first class match, represented fellow debutant Keegan Petersen (19) in the South African heats. The impressive Seales (3-34) also eliminated opener Aiden Markram (60), and another debutant Kyle Verreynne (6), all taken behind the wicket, validating his selection in place of the injured Shannon Gabriel.
South Africa’s tight lines and persistent length of the ball deprived the West Indies of killer shots as Ngidi and his colleague Anrich Nortje (4-35) knocked nine out of the wickets. Nortje also cracked the helmet of batsman Nkrumah Bonner, who hit 10 of 32 balls but was later diagnosed with a concussion.
He was replaced in the game by Kieran Powell, who will be batting in the second round of the West Indies.
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