Twitter Reactions: Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje put South Africa in command on the opening day

Twitter Reactions: Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje put South Africa in command on the opening day

Aiden Markram's 110-ball 60 made sure that the Proteas garner a 31-run lead by the close of play on Day one.

Lungi Ngidi South Africa
Lungi Ngidi. (Photo Source: Twitter)

South Africa, well and truly, have gotten themselves in the drivers’ seat after the first day’s play of the opening Test against West Indies at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium. By the end of the day, not only did they bowl the hosts out cheaply, but also amassed a lead of 31 runs with six wickets left in the first innings. The Caribbean team has a lot of catching up to do going forward.

Nortje and Ngidi shine

The decision to bat first backfired for the home team, who was shot out for 97 in 40.5 overs. Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, and Nkrumah Bonner got into the double digits, but couldn’t carry on. Anrich Nortje wreaked havoc in the top and middle-order as he got four wickets, including the ones of Brathwaite, Shai Hope, who made a Test comeback, Kyle Mayers, and Jermaine Blackwood.

Lungi Ngidi took care of the lower order. To start with, he got the prized wicket of Roston Chase, who was showing a great deal of patience, facing 54 balls, the most by any West Indies’ batter in the innings. The tail-enders pretty much didn’t have much clue while facing Ngidi, who got a fifer and gave away 19 runs. Jason Holder top-scored for the Caribbean as he scored 20 runs with three fours.

Aiden Markram carries forward the good work

The Proteas didn’t make a great start to their innings after Kemar Roach sent back Dean Elgar for a five-ball duck in the very first over. Debutant Keegan Petersen promised with a couple of fours to score 19 before becoming Jayden Seales’ maiden Test wicket. Seales also went on to pick up the wickets of Aiden Markram and Kyle Verreynne and was West Indies’ standout bowler on the day.

Markram was the best of the lot in the South African batting. He scored 60 runs off 110 balls with seven fours, making sure that the visitors get past the home team’s score. Rassie van der Dussen is currently in the middle on 34 runs and along with him is Quinton de Kock. On the first day, the pitch helped the fast bowlers and it remains to be seen if it works out the same way even on the second day.

Here’s how the netizens reacted to South Africa’s dominance: