Seales shines, Windies crumble on day-one
Debutant West Indies fast bowler Jayden Seales may have silenced his critics regarding his premature introduction into Test cricket, with his three wickets on the opening day of the first Test against South Africa at the Daren Sammy National Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia, yesterday.
Seales has so far taken three for 34 from 11 overs as South Africa, who have dominated proceedings so far, will resume today’s second day on 128 for 4. That is a lead of 31 runs after the hosts were dismissed for a paltry 97 runs, their lowest Test total against the Proteas.
The right-handed Seales, who came into the attack in the 10th over of the innings, secured his first Test scalp with just his sixth ball in international cricket when he had another debutant, Keegan Petersen, caught at slip for 19.
The Trinidadian then had the innings’ top-scorer Aiden Markram caught behind for 60, then late in the day had another debutant, Kyle Verreynne, caught by wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva, again for six.
Rassie van der Dussen will resume today on 34 with wicket-keeper Quinton De Kock on 4.
Van der Dussen and Markram had added 79 runs for the third wicket earlier. Kemar Roach picked up the first wicket earlier in the South African innings when he had captain Dean Elgar brilliantly caught in the slip by Jermaine Blackwood for a duck.
At the start of play, West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite must have rued his decision to bat first as the regional side looked hapless against some excellent disciplined fast bowling from the Proteas.
Things seemed normal at 24 without loss in the 12th over, but Anrich Nortje began the demolition job as he sent back Shai Hope for 15 with a beauty that rattled the stumps.
Seven runs later, Brathwaite misjudged an in-swinging delivery from Nortje and was also dismissed for 15.
Nkrumah Bonner was reminded of the dangers of Test cricket when he took one on the helmet from Nortje. That blow would ultimately rule him out of the remainder of the Test with a concussion. He eventually went to Kagiso Rabada for 10 at 45 for three.
Kyle Mayers then went as fast as he came for just one run as he handed Nortje his third wicket with an injudicious shot at 46 for four.
Ten runs later, Nortje picked up his fourth wicket as Jermaine Blackwood left his bat out to dry and was caught in the slip for one.
The very next over, Roston Chase, who tried to hold the innings together, became the first of five wickets for Lungi Ngidi when he was also caught in the slip for eight.
Ngidi then cleaned up the lower order to finish with five for 19 from 13 overs and five deliveries, including the wicket of the innings’ top-scorer, Jason Holder, who was the last man out for 20.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
*K Brathwaite b Nortje 15
S Hope b Nortje 15
N Bonner c wkp de Kock b Rabada 10
R Chase c Markram b Ngidi 8
K Mayers c van der Dussen b Nortje 1
J Blackwood c Petersen b Nortje 1
J Holder c Markram b Ngidi 20
+J Da Silva c Mulder b Ngidi 0
R Cornwall c Markram b Ngidi 13
K Roach c wkp de Kock b Ngidi 1
J Seales not out 0
Extras (lb4, w6, nb3) 13
TOTAL (all out, 40.5 overs) 97
Fall of wickets: 1-24 (Hope), 2-31 (Brathwaite), 3-45 (Bonner), 4-46 (Mayers), 5-56 (Blackwood), 6-56 (Chase), 7-56 (Da Silva), 8-74 (Cornwall), 9-80 (Roach), 10-97 (Holder)
Bowling: Rabada 10-2-24-1, Nigidi 13.5-7-19-5, Nortje 11-3-35-4 (w2), Maharaj 4-3-6-0, Mulder 2-0-9-0 (nb3).
SOUTH AFRICA 1st Innings
*D Elgar c Blackwood b Roach 0
A Markram c wkp Da Silva b Seales 60
K Petersen c Holder b Seales 19
R van der Dussen not out 34
K Verreynne c wkp Da Silva b Seales 6
+Q de Kock not out 4
Extras (lb1, nb4) 5
TOTAL (4 wkts, 43 overs) 128
Yet to bat: W Mulder, K Rabada, K Maharaj, L Ngidi, A Nortje
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Elgar), 2-34 (Petersen), 3-113 (Markram), 4-119 (Verreynne)
Bowling: Roach 10-2-27-1, Holder 7-0-31-0 (nb4), Seales 11-3-34-3, Mayers 5-2-8-0, Cornwall 8-1-27-0, Chase 2-2-0-0.
Position: South Africa lead by 31 runs.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: G Brathwaite, J Wilson; TV – L Reifer Jr.