Proteas eye series win in West Indies

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West Indies vs South Africa

Daren Sammy Cricket Stadium (previously Beausejour Cricket Ground)

Saint Lucia

Friday, 18 June - Tuesday 22 June
2nd of two-match Test series 
South Africa will be aiming to build on their first away Test win in four years by claiming a series victory when they face the West Indies on Friday. 
The Proteas claimed a convincing win in the first of a two-match Test series at the Daren Sammy Cricket Stadium in St Lucia, on what is the visitors' first bilateral tour to the Caribbean since 2010. 
South Africa dominated with both bat and ball to wrap up proceedings on the third day of the first Test with a remarkable innings and 63-run victory. 

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The Proteas had suffered nine consecutive Test losses while playing away from home leading up to last week's match. Victory in St Lucia was South Africa's first on their travels since beating England at Trent Bridge back in 2017. 
Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi,  Anrich Nortje and Keshav Maharaj all chipped in with the ball while Quinton de Kock was the main contributor with the bat for the Proteas. The Man of the Match took the game away from the hosts with a brilliant, unbeaten 141 from 170 balls. 
“I haven’t given it much thought yet but it is very satisfying, obviously. We paced the innings well and I was able to up the tempo at the right time to give us a good lead,” De Kock said after the match. 
“It was an outstanding all-round effort,” Proteas captain Dean Elgar added. “It has been a two-week process leading up to this, a lot of planning, I would like to think it didn’t happen because of luck. I asked for individuals to score hundreds and take five-fors, and we had three of those accolades.

“The bowlers really rose to the occasion and stuck to the basics of bowling on a wicket like that. We are used to bowling in friendly conditions back at home so we were very happy to be given a wicket like that. The conditions were unknown before we got here so that’s why we brought four spinners – Covid allows you to cover all bases with a 19-man squad." 
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The West Indies could only manage 259 runs over two innings' for their second lowest ever aggregate in a home Test in which they were bowled out twice. 
In all it was a disappointing outing for the hosts who will be equally determined to bounce back and avoid a series defeat on home soil. 
“We didn’t bat well in the first innings, obviously, so we were always under pressure. South Africa batted and bowled better than us, it’s as simple as that. They have quality bowlers but we just have to bat better in the second test," said West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite. 

Head-to-head record in Test matches since 1992: 

Test matches: 29
West Indies wins: 3
South Africa wins: 19
Draws: 7

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Published: 06/17/2021