South Africa loses quick wickets against West Indies despite having a commanding lead after the first test, and Aiden Markram is crucial

Written by Sabyasachi Chowdhury On March 1, West Indies fought their way back into the first Test against South Africa. At Centurion’s SuperSport Park, the visitors cut the host team’s second innings score to 49 for four after giving up a big lead of 130 runs.

On Day 2, South Africa had six wickets remaining in their second innings at Stumps and was up by 179 runs. The Caribbean team appeared stable after Raymon Reifer and Jermaine Blackwood put on 64 runs for the third wicket and bowled the hosts out for 342, as they did so.

Reifer eventually hit seven fours as he ran up 62 runs. By dismissing Blackwood, who had a score of 37 off of 37, Anrich Nortje was able to separate the two. Marco Jansen, on the other hand, got the prized wicket of Reifer. Once both batters perished, the West Indies innings went downhill.

Aiden Markram appeared fluid as he scored 115 in the first innings. With 35 from 33 and six fours, the right-handed batter maintained his perfect record. Towards the conclusion of play in the second inning, Joseph added two more runs to his four from the first. Jason Holder and Kemar Roach each claimed one scalp.