South Africa wraps up innings with victory over West Indies, Rabada takes 5-wicket haul

South Africa formalised their destruction of the West Indies by an innings and 63 runs just before lunch on the third day of the first Test played in St Lucia on Saturday, with Kagiso Rabada completing a five-wicket haul.

Rabada led the way for the Proteas in the West Indies second innings with figures of five wickets for 34 runs, after taking just one wicket in the first innings on day one when the host side was crushed for 97 after electing to bat first.

In Test cricket, it was his tenth five-wicket haul. The Caribbean side was dismissed for 162 runs after trailing by 225 runs in the first innings and resuming from an overnight position of 82 for four.

In Test cricket, it was his tenth five-wicket haul. The Caribbean team was dismissed for 162 runs after falling behind by 225 runs in the first innings and resuming from a position of 82 for four overnight.

Quinton de Kock, the wicketkeeper-batsman, was chosen as the man of the match after scoring a personal Test-best unbeaten 141 in South Africa’s lone innings. Anrich Nortje bowled very well in both innings whose figures of three for 46 in 2nd innings gave him seven wickets in the match.

Only Roston Chase, who top-scored 62 runs for the team provided any significant opposition to the South African bowlers, with replacement opening batsman Kieran Powell (14), who came in on the first afternoon as a concussion replacement for middle-order batsman Nkrumah Bonner, providing the next best performance in batting.

After the match, South African captain Dean Elgar said “This was important for us after what has happened over the last few months and how we’ve slid down the rankings table.”

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