Aakash Saini ∙ Mar 1 2023, 4:41 PM

SA vs WI, 3rd Session: Roach, Joseph Leads WI Fightback While Markram Holds On Till Stumps On Day 2

 image-lepw9odaNortje celebrates a wicket with teammates on Day 2 (Source: Twitter)

After the batters made merry across the first five sessions of the opening Test, the bowlers buzzed with their share of fun in the final session of Day 2.

The West Indies, comfortably placed at 136-3 by Tea, lost their next seven wickets while adding just 76 more runs to their total. Burly South African speedster Anrich Nortje was the chief architect of the visitors’ collapse, as the 29-year-old claimed 5-36 off his 16 overs. About four of those wickets came in the final session of the day as the home pacers collectively shot out the visitors for just 212.

West Indies fights back after late collapse on Day 2

West Indies’ Day 2 collapse handed the South Africans a handy 130-run first-innings lead. Despite conceding a sizeable advantage to the hosts, the West Indies fast bowlers fought back late in the day with some crucial breakthroughs.

For starters, opener Dean Elgar was dismissed for a run by Alzarri Joseph after the hosts had raced to 31 within the first four overs. Joseph and his new-ball partner Kemar Roach later packed Temba Bavuma and Tony de Zorzi for ducks in the space of four deliveries.

Star all-rounder Jason Holder also struck off his first ball of the innings by trapping South Africa’s number five Keegan Petersen in front of stumps. Petersen’s dismissal also marked the close of play as South Africa reached 49-4 at stumps on Day 2.

Meanwhile, first-innings centurion Aiden Markram continues to hold fort for the hosts, as the opening batter will resume his side’s 179-run lead at 35* on Day 3.

Talking points:

 •  Anrich Nortje snared four off his five wickets in the final session of Day 2 to fold up the West Indies for just 212, thus helping his side to a strong 130-run first innings lead.

 •  Alzarri Joseph and Kemar Roach leads West Indies’ fightback against the hosts late in the day with quick wickets, with in-form Markram still unbeaten at the crease by stumps.

Brief scores:

West Indies 1st innings: 212 (69)

Raymon Reifer 62 (143), Jermaine Blackwood 37 (73);
Anrich Nortje 5-36, Kagiso Rabada 2-44

South Africa 2nd innings: 49-4 (8.1)

Aiden Markram 35* (33), Keegan Petersen 7 (8);
Alzarri Joseph 2-17, Kemar Roach 1-28

Stumps, Day 2: South Africa lead by 179 runs