Rabada’s five-wicket haul helped South Africa win over West Indies

Gros Islet (Saint Lucia): South African pacer Kagiso Rabada claimed his 10th five-wicket haul – and his first in 33 innings since 2018 – as the visitors beat West Indies by an innings and 63 runs in the two-Test series here. Took an unassailable lead of -0. on Saturday.

After scoring 97 in the first innings, the Craig Brathwaite-led side were again reduced to 162 as the match ended within three days. West Indies lost six wickets for 65 runs and were dismissed before lunch and suffered a sixth innings defeat in 253 matches at home.

Strong winds made batting difficult, with home team batsman Roston Chase showing enough patience while playing carefully to score 62 off 156 balls. However, he could not control the slide as wickets kept falling at the other end.

Chase started the day on 20 and batted for three hours, hitting seven fours and a six. He added 46 runs for the fifth wicket with Jermaine Blackwood.

South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock was adjudged the player of the match for his unbeaten 141, which took the visitors to 322 on the second day.

“We didn’t have a good first innings and that’s where we stumbled. I must say Roston played well with Chase, the way he struggled in the second innings. We had plans but things did not go according to plan in this match. We have to come fresh and strong again in the next match,” said West Indies captain Craig Brathwaite.

“We have to be completely locked into planning next time. It will be tough and challenging. My message to the team is to keep believing. I thought our bowlers did a fantastic job in the match. I thought everyone gave their 100 per cent. gave.”

Brief Scores: West Indies 97 all out and 162 all out in 64 overs (R Chase 62, K Rabada 5/34, A Nortje 3/46) 322 all out in 96.5 overs from South Africa (Cu de Kock 141 not out, A Markram 60 ) by an innings and 63 runs.

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