On Saturday, South Africa swept the two-match Test series against the West Indies thanks to a strong showing with the ball in the final session (March 11). After establishing a goal of 391 for the visitors, South Africa, who were odds-on favorites to win the match by the game’s end on the third day, were ruthless with the ball. West Indies were once down to 34/6 before being finally out for 106.
The hosts lost captain Temba Bavuma early for 172 after resuming at 287/7. Before Jason Holder ended the game, Kagiso Rabada helped them pass 300 by clearing the ropes a few times. A goal of 391 was always going to be a challenge for a team that had so far in the series failed to get even close to 300. South Africa made progress after breaking that partnership, despite the visitors’ watchful start in which they scored 20 runs off the first 10 overs without taking a wicket.
Have a look at the performance of both teams at 3rd day of the second test.
Once again, Rabada proved to be Kraigg Brathwaite’s adversary as he pitched one ball back in to trap the captain leg-before-wicket. Later on, in the same over, Raymon Reifer recorded a second-ball duck when he edged a delivery that was going down the leg to the goal. After Tagenarine Chanderpaul edged a delivery to the second slip, Simon Harmer joined the action as the guests’ score dropped to 25/3.
The procession continued as Harmer later eliminated Jermaine Blackwood and Keshav Maharaj broke through Roston Chase’s defense with a big turn before effectively obtaining a call in his favor for Kyle Mayers’ lbw. Maharaj, however, unexpectedly hurt himself while enjoying the wicket and had to be carried off the field. As Joshua Da Silva and Holder came out strong after lunch, the outcome was inevitable at 34/6.
The first test played between South Africa and West Indies was also won by South Africa by eighty seven runs.
Holder hit the boundary four times in his 19, while Da Silva pounded Harmer for a six to make 34. Before Gerald Coetzee broke the stand, the two players had added 58 runs for the seventh wicket in their easygoing combination. A few more overs later, before Harmer concluded the preliminaries, he also managed to get past Da Silva’s defense.