South Africa beats West Indies by 284 runs in second test, clinch the test series by 2-0

By Real11 - Mar 11 2023 310 Views


South Africa seal the test series 2-0 against the Windies


On Saturday, South Africa swept the two-match Test series against the West Indies thanks to a strong showing with the ball in the last session (March 11). After setting a target of 391 for the visitors, South Africa, who were odds-on favorites to win the match at the game's end on the third day, were ruthless with the ball. West Indies were once down to 34/6 before being ultimately out for 106.

The hosts lost captain Temba Bavuma early for 172 after resuming at 287/7. Before Jason Holder ended the inning, Kagiso Rabada helped them pass 300 by clearing the ropes a few times. A goal of 391 was always going to be a challenge for a team that has, so far in the series, failed to reach even close to 300. Despite the visitors' careful start, South Africa made progress after breaking that partnership, scoring 20 runs off the opening ten overs without taking a wicket.

Once again, Rabada proved to be Kraigg Brathwaite's adversary as he pitched one ball back in to trap the captain leg-before-wicket. Later, in the same over, Raymon Reifer recorded a second-ball duck when he edged a delivery coming down the leg to the keeper. Then, as Tagenarine Chanderpaul edged a ball to second slip, Simon Harmer joined the action as the visitors' score dropped to 25/3.

The parade continued as Harmer later eliminated Jermaine Blackwood. Keshav Maharaj broke through Roston Chase's defense with a decisive turn before successfully obtaining a call in his favor for Kyle Mayers' lbw. However, Maharaj unexpectedly hurt himself while celebrating the wicket and had to be carried off the field. When Joshua Da Silva and Holder came out strong after lunch, the outcome was inevitable at 34/6.

Holder struck the boundary four times in his 19, while Da Silva pounded Harmer for a six to make 34. When Gerald Coetzee broke the stand, the two batsmen had contributed 58 runs for the seventh wicket in their easygoing partnership. A few more overs later, when Harmer concluded the formalities, he managed to get through Da Silva's defense.

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