Quinton de Kock says the team is trying to find a way to stop the collapse. Photo: Muzi Ntombela / BackpagePix
Wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock led the team to 205/5 on the second day of the first test with the West Indies in Saint Lucia, holding the key to South Africa’s first successful inning.
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Progress was slow as it resumed from the overnight position of 128/4 on Friday, but the lead at lunch was 108, more than what the West Indies managed in the first inning.
With 29 overs and 77 runs, the morning of the second day wasn’t fast, but session consolidation was needed.
Disciplined bowling and generous seam movements couldn’t let South Africa escape, but De Kock (44 *) navigated everything before him.
He and Wiaan Mulder (21 *) survived by testing the spells of Jason Holder (1/38), Jayden Shields (3/50), and Kemar Roach (1/53).
South Africa is trying to establish a good lead on a pitch where the batter has a good pace to hit the shot, although it is difficult to hit.
In the first test since he temporarily abandoned his role as a leader in the Southern Hemisphere in the summer, De Kock seemed to have less restrictions and more room for shotmaking.
He looked very enthusiastic when he cut Kemal Roach’s first ball of the day with four RBIs, but he was also wise in choosing shots.
He was also wise in his review when he was out on the 23rd leg before Loston Chase, but succeeded in overturning that decision when he brushed his gloves before the ball hit the pad. ..
Bowlers in the West Indies tied South Africans to tight ropes and free scoring was difficult, but South Africa did its best.
They lost the wickets of overnight batter Lassie van der Dassen (46) and evaded a sharp pitch to Jason Holder’s Shy Hope in three slips.
The West Indies will rely on a second new ball and will be available in over 8 until the afternoon session.
If they can’t break through, it could be a long afternoon session for Kraig Brathwaite.
Patient Quinton de Kock safely guides SA at lunch on the second day with Windy’s
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