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WI vs SA, 2nd Test
World Test Championship

Proteas aim for a clean sweep against under the pump Windies

WI vs SA, 2nd Test, preview

After a convincing victory in the first Test, South Africa will look to clinch a series victory against the West Indies in the second Test in St. Lucia.


West Indies vs South Africa, second Test
Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St. Lucia
18-22 June, 10:00 am local

The hosts had few positives to fall back on after a crunching defeat in the opening Test, with their batting order failing spectacularly against the pace of the South African bowlers. They will have to up their game in the upcoming encounter, in order to mount a comeback in the series. A silver lining was the performance of debutant Jayden Seales, who impressed one and all with his three-wicket haul. Jason Holder also bowled well, picking up four wickets. 

For the visitors, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje blew away the Windies in the first innings, picking up five and four wickets respectively. Quinton de Kock then showcased his devastating abilities with the bat, with a glorious 141*. Kagiso Rabada came to life in the second innings, claiming a five-wicket haul to seal a comfortable victory for the Proteas. Skipper Dean Elgar will be hoping for more of the same from his unit, as he targets a series victory in his first assignment as the Test skipper. 

Remember the last time:

On a lively wicket in St. Lucia, West Indies were torn to shreds by the Protean pacers, posting a meagre total of 97 on the board. In reply, de Kock blazed one of his finest knocks in the longest format - 141 off 170 balls alongside Aiden Markram's 60, as South Africa managed to score 322. The massive first-innings lead was enough of a cushion for the visitors, as Rabada's fiery spell inflicted an innings defeat on the hosts - returning 5/34.

What they said:

Kraigg Brathwaite (West Indies captain): "Didn't bat well in the first innings. We didn't get a big enough total and were always on the back foot. Even batting second, I still thought we didn't bat as well as we could. As a bowling group, we bowled well. Jayden Seales was magnificent in his first game. Batting wise today Roston Chase showed fight. We can take that as batsmen going forward into the second Test."

Dean Elgar (South Africa captain): "Collective effort from the side. Massive effort from the guys, asked them to score hundreds and take fifers and we've already had three accolades. Great to see our batting unit pass 300. The basics of bowling is what the bowlers did well here."

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