Twitter Reactions: West Indies grind hard as Raymon Reifer’s gritty fifty holds innings together on Day 2
South Africa managed to maintain a lead of 179 runs at the end of Day 2.
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On a hot day in Centurion, the West Indies managed to get 212 runs at the end of their innings on Day 2 against hosts South Africa in the ongoing first Test. The Proteas began the day’s play with a score of 314 runs on the board for the loss of eight wickets from Day 1.
Alzarri Joseph’s five-wicket haul concluded South Africa’s innings as they got to 342 runs on the board. As the Windies began their batting innings, the side swiftly lost Tagenarine Chanderpaul and skipper Kraigg Brathwaite for just 58 runs. However, Raymon Reifer’s knock revived the innings as he put up a tough fight to counter the South African bowling attack.
The Windies were placed decently at 169/3 after tea and displayed great potential of getting closer to South Africa’s total. However, the side suddenly lost the plot just just like the Proteas did in the final session of Day 1. Reifer’s vital innings was cut short by Marco Jansen who dismissed the former for 62 runs off 143 balls.
Kraigg Brathwaite-led Windies lost seven wickets for just 43 runs, conceding a lead of 130 runs to hosts. Anrich Nortje, Gerald Coetzee, and Kagiso Rabada had their tails up which paid them rich dividends to reduce the rival side for 212 runs in the second innings of the contest. Nortje scalped a five-wicket haul with impressive bowling figures of 5/36 in 16 overs with an economy 2.25. Meanwhile, Coetzee and Rabada shared four wickets between them whereas Jansen got one to this name.
South Africa lose four wickets in quick time
Proteas opener Aiden Markram got off to a fluent start despite Alzarri Joseph hitting the deck hard at 140km/h on a consistent basis. Markram targeted the length balls from the pacer to claim the boundaries on multiple occasions. However, Joseph eventually bounced back and returned with two wickets to his name in quick time as he claimed the vital sclaps of Dean Elgar and skipper Temba Bavuma.
Veteran pacer Kemar Roach got Tony de Zorzi's wicket as South Africa were 34 for the loss off three. This was followed by Jason Holder trapping Keegan Petersen in his very first ball to claim the fourth wicket for the side. As the Windies bowlers found a way to breach the top-order, the Proteas conlcuded the day's play with 49 runs and a lead of 179 runs.
Here's how Twitter reacted
Alzarri Joseph appreciation 👏🏽— Melan 🐼 (@DravidMelan) March 1, 2023
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