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Nortje, Ngidi surge through West Indies

South Africa pace bowlers have given themselves a great advantage on day one of the first Test against West Indies at Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet.

West Indies chose to bat first on a pace-friendly pitch that got better as the day progressed. South Africa’s first Test in the Caribbean in 11 years turned out to be eventful bowling West Indies for 97 – their lowest total against the Proteas.

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Anrich Nortje made early inroads with rippers to send back Shai Hope and skipper Kraigg Brathwaite. He took another before lunch to leave the hosts rattling at 48/4 in the first session.

Lungi Ngidi joined the wickets party to bag his second Test fifer – 5/19 in 13.5 overs that included 7 maidens. Nortje remained with 4/35 while Kagiso Rabada took one wicket.

It could have been even worse for West Indies, who were 56/7 at one stage, had Jason Holder not hung around for 20 runs. But they have lost Nkrumah Bonner for the rest of the match after a concussion. Kieran Powell was named as like-for-like substitute.

Kemar Roach dismissed new full-time South Africa captain Dean Elgar for a five-ball duck in the first over. The second session saw seven wickets falling.

Debutant Jayden Seales, who played only one first-class match before, was straight into the act after lunch as he dismissed South African debutant Keegan Petersen (19) after tea. The 19-year-old pacer went on to pick up two more to add to his one wicket first-class tally.

Aiden Markram led the way for the visitors, making 110-ball 60 runs with 7 boundaries. Rassie van der Dussen (34* off 104) and Quinton de Kock (4*) will resume day two.

South Africa are 128/4 after 43 overs at stumps, leading by 31 runs.

Brief scores:

West Indies 97 in 40.5 overs (Holder 20; Ngidi 5/19, Nortje 4/35)

South Africa 128/4 in 43 overs (Markram 60, van der Dussen 34*; Seales 3/34, Roach 1/27)

South Africa lead by 31 runs

Stumps- Day 1 

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