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South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn sliced through the West Indies’ batting line-up with no problems whatsoever to lead his side to a convincing innings and 220-run win on the fourth day of the first Test in Centurion.
To make things even more embarrassing for the West Indies, this is their largest defeat to South Africa in Test history.
Starting out the day on 76/2, Marlon Samuels and Leon Johnson only added 11 runs to their 24-run partnership before Johnson was caught behind off the bowling of Steyn for 39.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul only made four runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Steyn.
Samuels ended up making 17 runs before he was caught by Dean Elgar at cover off the bowling of Steyn.
Steyn struck again just two balls later when West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin was caught behind for four runs.
Jermaine Blackwood scored 15 runs before he was caught by Temba Bavuma at short leg off the bowling of Morne Morkel.
Jerome Taylor mustered five runs before he was caught by South Africa skipper Hashim Amla at first slip to give Steyn his 25th five-wicket haul.
Since Kemar Roach was unable to bat due to an ankle injury, the West Indies were bowled out for 131 when Sheldon Cottrell was caught by Kyle Abbott at midwicket off the bowling of Steyn for four runs.
Steyn was easily the pick of the bowlers with six wickets, while Morkel snapped up two and Vernon Philander chipped in with one.
Ramdin was disappointed with his side’s performance, and said: “We got three early wickets after bowling first. But then AB and Amla batted really well. In our batting, we showed signs of batting partnerships but did not carry on at all. They are a fantastic team, it needs a lot of character and we hope we can put up a fight and challenge them. The guys were getting starts but we didn’t carry on, and AB and Amla took it away from us. We need to work on getting those big partnerships.”
Amla, who was also named Man of the Match, was ecstatic to have taken a 1-0 lead in the series, and said: “Didn’t expect to finish this early but Dale got it started. It was a difficult pitch to bat on. We would have bowled first too and 57 for 3 wasn’t a great position to be in, but me and AB got together. Then Vernon got the match going by picking up early wickets in the first innings, then Dale ended on a big note. He is a wonderful bowler and showed his class. Batting with AB is easy, I try to take the one and put him on strike. It was a tough situation though. Kemar Roach got injured and it made it a little easy for us. You saw the catch AB took today, stunning catch. Having him in the team really helps. Losing Quinny…it’s never nice to lose someone in the team. We have a few days to recover till the next match. [For the last] ten years (AB and Steyn) they have been fantastic.”