Nortje, Ngidi rip through Windies

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Proteas bowler Anrich Nortje.
Proteas bowler Anrich Nortje.

Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi shared nine wickets to dismiss the West Indies for a miserable total of just 97 before tea on the first day of the first Test against South Africa at the Darren Sammy Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia, on Thursday.

Nortje, who had the remarkable figures of 6-3-8-3 at the lunch interval after the home side won the toss and chose to bat first, finished with 4-35 while Ngidi, wicketless at lunch, claimed an extraordinary 5-9 in the second session to finish with 13.5-7-19-5 at the close of the innings.

Kagiso Rabada collected the outstanding wicket to finish with 1-24 from 10 overs.

Proteas cricketer Lungi Ngidi.
Proteas bowler Lungi Ngidi.

Makeshift opener Shai Hope (15) was the first to go, beaten for pace and clean bowled by Nortje and closely followed by captain Kraigg Brathwaite (15) who misjudged the line and played no shot to a ball which hit the top of his off stump.

Nortje’s next delivery crashed into Nkrumah Bonner’s helmet and he was given out, caught at short leg, but reprieved on appeal.

But the damage was done and, clearly rattled, he soon edged Rabada to ‘keeper Quinton de Kock for 10 from 32 balls.

Kyle Mayers, too, was unsettled by Nortje and given out lbw without scoring before being reprieved by the third umpire. Moments later he attempted a hopelessly out of position pull shot against Nortje and spliced a tame catch to Rassie van der Dussen at cover.

The West Indies were 48-4 at lunch and the remaining six wickets were all caught in the arc between ‘keeper and gully with Aiden Markram taking three catches at second slip.

Former captain Jason Holder top-scored with 20 from 41 balls but it was a wretched display from the home side on a pitch with decent pace and bounce but without undue perils.

Cricketer Keshav Maharaj
Proteas spinner Keshav Maharaj.

SA’s innings started with an early loss of Dean Elgar for a duck. They started the match debuts to batsmen Keegan Peterson and Kyle Verreynne and opted for just one spinner in Keshav Maharaj despite selecting four spinners in the enlarged squad of 19 players.

Allrounder Wiaan Mulder is also included in the starting XI giving the tourists a five-man bowling attack. Vice-captain Temba Bavuma was ruled out of the Test with an injury to his left thigh but is expected to be fit for the second Test.

The West Indies included 19-year-old fast bowler Jayden Seales in their XI in the absence of the injured Shannon Gabriel.

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