Issued on: 19.06.2021 – 19:36
Gros Islet (St. Lucia) (AFP)
Quinton de Kock narrowly missed a second testing century in a row when South Africa was sacked at lunchtime for 298 on the second day of the second test of the two-match series against the West Indies on Saturday at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in St. Lucia.
Crucial to his team’s all-out innings win in the first Test with a commanding undefeated 141 in the same location a week earlier, de Kock advanced from 59 overnight to 96 before hitting Kyle’s deceptive average pace 10 minutes before break Mayers fell.
However, despite missing the seventh test century, the former captain played a key role in advancing the Proteas from position 218 to five at the end of day one.
Mayers, who won South African captain and opening batsman Dean Elgar’s all-important wicket for 77 on the opening day, added Anrich Nortje’s wicket to end with the best numbers of three for 28 as the tourists lost their last four wickets for 23 runs .
West Indies failed to take full advantage of the second new ball early in the day and it was left to Kemar Roach to separate the overnight couple de Kock and Wiaan Mulder by leaving Mulder behind.
As in the first test, de Kock then tried to control the procedure by adding 36 for the seventh wicket with Keshav Maharaj.
The dismissal of Maharaj, also to a catch behind Jason Holder, triggered a quick slide as De Kock and the tail quickly folded.
With Kagiso Rabada at the other end, the left-hander De Kock tried a big drive to Mayers and pushed the delivery onto the gloves of Joshua da Silva, who was up to the stumps.
The goalkeeper couldn’t take it, but the ball bounced back into the safe hands of Shai Hope.
Nortje was Mayers’ third wicket with an excellent jump catch from Jayden Seales on short midwicket and while Rabada made a brief vortex with an unbeaten 21, it was left to Roach to end the innings with the last man’s wicket, Lungi Ngidi.
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