De Kockton leaves West Indies in shock as South Africa tightens grip
Quinton de Kock made the biggest 100 of his Test career to give South Africa a big advantage in the first Test against the West Indies.
The wicket-beater went down 141 on day two in St. Lucia, scoring seven sixes in an assault none of his teammates came close to matching.
In response to the West Indies’ 97 weak, South Africa picked up 322 points for a 225-point lead in the first inning, before limiting the home side to 82-4 seconds.
The tourists will therefore have a 143 lead on day three, with the West Indies falling again and appearing ready for a humiliating loss at home.
De Kock, four steps away overnight, set the tone on Friday by cutting the first delivery of the morning at the border.
The man at the end of that treatment, Kemar Roach, avoided being hoisted to six by the increasingly aggressive De Kock, but Jayden Seales, Rakheem Cornwall and Jason Holder were each carted twice, while Kyle Mayers was also whipped to the max.
During the day, De Kock had 137 of 194 points scored by the South African batsmen, with the 28-year-old finding little support as he completed his sixth Test 100. Rassie van der Dussen was out in the middle of the match. morning for 46, adding only 12 to his score of the night, Holder (4-75) having caught it by Shai Hope at the ravine.
The wickets continued to tumble as De Kock continued calmly, Wiaan Mulder’s 25 being the only other significant contribution. Keshav Maharaj perished due to a majestic hold from substitute Kieran Powell off Cornwall, with the short-legged outfielder reaching to his right to make the perfect hold.
The West Indies had no response to De Kock, and their early batsmen were subsequently unsure how to handle South African Kagiso Rabada, Kraigg Brathwaite and Powell pinned lbw by the paceman as the hosts slipped to 25- 2 second time. When Anrich Nortje had both Hope and Mayers competing in the third slide, the West Indies were 51-4. A punitive defeat awaits Saturday, surely.
De Kock’s one-man show
The scoreboard tells us there were other South African drummers involved on Friday, but it barely felt like it. De Kock’s performance was majestic and dominant, his innings containing 12 fours and those seven sixes and coming from just 170 deliveries. His best test was 129 before that shot, which he passed against Pakistan in Johannesburg in 2019 and in an unbeaten round at Centurion against England three years earlier.
Incoming innings maling
The West Indies have offered nothing to suggest that there is a turn to come in this game. Captain Brathwaite could try to rally the troops, but surely it’s about damage control now. The South African Rapids played with formidable control again, and they must be excited about the prospect of a second test at this Gros Islet pitch again next week.