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South Africa trample West Indies


South Africa trample West Indies

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CENTURION, South Africa (AP) — Dale Steyn rocketed to his 25th five-wicket haul in Tests to finish off the West Indies on Saturday as South Africa won the first Test by an innings and 220 runs on the fourth morning at Centurion.

Steyn went wicketless in the first innings and limped off the field five deliveries into the second on Friday evening, but returned on the fourth morning to pick up 6-34 and bowl the West Indies out for 131.

The West Indies began the day on 76-2 following on, still trailing South Africa by 275 runs, and Steyn quickly broke the back of their innings as he picked up four wickets in 16 deliveries.

Top-scorer Leon Johnson was the first to go when he edged Steyn through to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers on 39, before Shivnarine Chanderpaul suffered the same fate in Steyn’s next over.

Two overs later Steyn had Marlon Samuels caught at cover for 17 and then induced an edge from Denesh Ramdin, who was brilliantly caught by a diving De Villiers.

Morne Morkel dismissed Jermaine Blackwood for 15 to take his second wicket in the innings and fifth in the match, before Steyn grabbed the final two wickets to give South Africa a huge win.

Fast bowler Kemar Roach was unable to bat for the West Indies in their first innings, when they posted 201, and his ankle injury once again prevented him from batting on Saturday.

Hashim Amla was named Man of the Match for his 208, which allowed South Africa to recover from 57-3 on the first morning and post 552-5 declared in its innings.

The only bad news for South Africa was that Quinton de Kock will miss the rest of the series and could be out of action for six to eight weeks after rolling his ankle during warm-ups on the third morning.