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Steyn’s masterclass subdues West Indies

Ramdin's side loses first Test by an innings and 220 runs after pacer takes 6 for 34 in the second innings

Steyn’s masterclass subdues West Indies - Cricket News
Dale Steyn picked up 3 for 34 as West Indi

In a hostile display of fast bowling, Dale Steyn ripped through the West Indies batting line-up as South Africa registered a comfortable win by an innings and 220 runs on the fourth morning of the first Test in Centurion on Saturday (December 20) to take a 1-0 lead in the three Test series.

Steyn finished with figures of 6 for 34 in the second innings as the visitors folded for 131 all out after being 76 for 2 overnight. The visitors had conceded a 351-run first-innings lead after being bowled out for 201 in response to South Africa’s 552 for 5 declared earlier.

The collapse started as early as in the eighth over of the day. Leon Johnson, the top scorer of the second innings with 39, was caught behind and was the first one to fall. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who could not avoid a vicious lifting delivery and gloved a catch to AB de Villiers behind the stumps, went next. And Marlon Samuels (17) was caught at cover off a leading edge in his next over.

Those three wickets from Steyn reduced West Indies to 101 for 5 and it didn’t have the firepower to recover.

With half the side back in the pavilion, Steyn didn’t take too long to wrap up the innings either as the rest of the batsmen fell in a heap. Denesh Ramdin, Jerome Taylor and Sheldon Cottrell were his other victims as he went to 389 Test wickets, just one behind Makhaya Ntini and 32 behind Shaun Pollock in the list of top South African wicket-takers in Tests.

It was also Steyn’s 25th five-wicket haul, and that placed him joint seventh with Wasim Akram and Harbhajan Singh on the overall list. The ones ahead of him are Muttiah Muralitharan (67), Shane Warne (37), Richard Hadlee (36), Anil Kumble (35), Glenn McGrath (29) and Ian Botham (27).

Hashim Amla was, however, declared Man of the Match for his 208-run knock in the South African innings. There was also some bad news for both the teams as Quinton de Kock and Kemar Roach have been ruled out of the series due to an ankle injury.

The second Test of the three Test series will start in Port Elizabeth on December 26.

To review the South Africa v West Indies match in full, please click here.

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