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South Africa 63-6 in their second innings at tea, 3rd day, 2nd Test


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South Africa 63-6 in their second innings at tea, 3rd day, 2nd Test
Kyle Mayers: grabbed three wickets. (File)

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Gros Islet – An inspired spell of seam and swing bowling from Kyle Mayers breathed life back into West Indies before tea and put the South Africa batting on the skids in the second Test in St Lucia.

Mayers grabbed three for 14 from six overs and Kemar Roach supported with two for 26 from six overs, and the South Africans reached 63 for six in their second innings at the break on the rain-affected third day of the match at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground to extend their lead to 212.

The overworked bowlers were expected to lead the fight-back for the Windies after their batting imploded on the second day and conceded a first innings lead of 149, but Kraigg Brathwaite and his teammates could not have dreamed of such a dramatic turn of events.

Not a ball was bowled in the morning session due to a wet outfield caused by rain and play started after the scheduled lunch interval.

Roach gave the Caribbean side a bright start when he had Aiden Markram caught at second slip for four and removed South Africa captain Dean Elgar in the same manner for 10.

Mayers, however, swung the match when he bowled Keegan Petersen for 18, had Kyle Verreyne caught behind for six and Wiaan Mulder caught at gully for a duck.

In between, Jason Holder had Quinton de Kock caught behind for a two-ball duck to tighten the Windies grip.

West Indies trail 0-1 in the two-Test series, after they crashed to an innings and 63 runs defeat inside three days in the first Test, which ended last Saturday at the same venue.

Though the Vivian Richards Trophy, symbol of Test supremacy between the two sides, is destined to return to Johannesburg, West Indies will be aiming to square the series and avoid their first series defeat of the year.

Summarised scores:

South Africa 298 (Quinton de Kock 96, Dean Elgar 77, Kyle Verreynne 27, Kagiso Rabada 21 not out, Keshav Maharaj 12; Kyle Mayers 3-28, Kemar Roach 3-45, Shannon Gabriel 2-65) and 63 for six (Rassie van der Dussen 22 not out, Keegan Petersen 18, Dean Elgar 10; Kyle Mayers 3-14, Kemar Roach 2-26).

West Indies 149 (Jermaine Blackwood 49, Shai Hope 43, Kyle Mayers 12, Jason Holder 10; Wiaan Mulder 3-1, Kagiso Rabada 2-24, Lungi Ngidi 2-27, Keshav Maharaj 2-47).

(AR)