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West Indies, South Africa on equal footing after opening day

South Africa have scored 218 runs losing 5 wickets in 82 overs on the first day of the second Test against the host West Indies in Gros Islet. The visitors lead the two-match Test series by 1-0 with a destructive win in the first Test.

West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite sent South Africa to bat first after winning the toss. And his bowlers proved his decision right as at one stage South Africa were at 37/3. The West Indies bowlers bowled really well from the beginning.

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But then, captain Dean Elgar, Kyle Verreynne and Quinton de Kock combined to rescue South Africa from danger. Elgar was the pick of the batsmen on the first day as he played a well-made innings of 77 runs off 237 balls defensing the West Indies bowlers’ swing from the very first over of the innings.

Verreynne scored 27 runs while de Kock continued his superb form as he remained unbeaten on 59 runs off 103 balls before the day was called off. He and Wiaan Mulder (2*) will start the second day with an eye to a big score while the Caribbean bowlers will look to bowl out the visitors as early as possible.

Shannon Gabriel, who’s included in this Test after missing the first one, took 2 wickets for West Indies while Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Kyle Mayers picked up 1 wicket each.

Brief scores:

Day 1

South Africa 218/5 in 82 overs (Elgar 77, De Kock 59*; Gabriel 2/47, Roach 1/33)

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