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Rabada fifer cleans up West Indies to end Test in seven sessions

South Africa have taken a 1-0 lead in the two-match series against West Indies after the first Test in Gros Islet ended in just seven sessions.

West Indies, who were 82/4 overnight, lost all of their last six wickets in the morning of the third day’s play. Jermaine Blackwood (13) became Kagisp Rabada’s third victim of the innings before Jason Holder (4) made a serious error of judgement in leaving a straight ball of Keshav Maharaj.

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Roston Chase carried on in his return Test (after missing Bangladesh and Sri Lanka series) and made a half-century – 62 off 156 balls with 7 fours and a six. He under-edged Maharaj to give South Africa a clear shot at victory.

Rabada’s 10th Test five-wicket haul, his first since March 2018, gave the Proteas a comfortable innings and 63-run win, rattling the hosts for 162 runs. Anrich Nortje picked up three wickets to follow his first innings’ four.

Quinton de Kock was awarded player of the match for his career-best 141* that gave South Africa a 225-run lead against West Indies’ mere first innings total of 97.

The second Test begins at this very ground on June 18, the same day as the World Test Championship final takes place.

Brief scores:

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

South Africa 322 in 96.5 overs (de Kock 141*, Markram 60; Holder 4/75, Seales 3/75)

West Indies 162 in 64 overs (Chase 62; Rabada 5/34, Nortje 3/46, Maharaj 2/23)

South Africa won by an innings and 63 runs

Player of the Match: Quinton de Kock

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