Twitter Reactions: Quinton de Kock’s ton pushes West Indies further back in opening Test

Twitter Reactions: Quinton de Kock’s ton pushes West Indies further back in opening Test

De Kock scored 141 runs at a strike rate of 82.94 with 12 fours and seven sixes.

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Quinton de Kock of South Africa celebrates his century. (Photo by RANDY BROOKS/AFP via Getty Images)

After gaining a crucial 31-run lead on the opening day itself, South Africa made sure of turning the screws on the West Indies on the second day as well. With three days left in the first Test at the Daren Sammy International Cricket Stadium, the Proteas, well and truly, have the upper hand. Bearing in mind the match situation, the visitors are expected to wrap things up on the third day.

South Africa post humongous lead

Rassie van der Dussen, one of their overnight batters, couldn’t survive long as he perished after scoring 46 runs with five fours. After his dismissal, it was Quinton de Kock, who came to the party with his sixth century in Test cricket. De Kock didn’t let the Caribbean bowlers settle down as he managed 141 runs off 170 balls with 12 fours and seven sixes and even went on to stay unbeaten.

Though he didn’t get much support from the lower order, he made sure of playing at a strike rate of 82.94, helping South Africa to a lead of 225 runs in the first innings. Wiaan Mulder looked promising for his 57-ball 25 before Jason Holder got rid of him. Even as it was Jayden Seales, who did most of the work on day one, former skipper Holder took charge on the second day as he got four wickets.

West Indies keep straining

West Indies’ travails with the bat continued as they ended the day with a trail of 143 runs with six wickets left in their second innings. Kraigg Brathwaite succumbed to back-to-back failures as he got out to Kagiso Rabada. Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, and Kyle Mayers reached the double figures and gave their wickets away. The story of their batters getting set, and then getting out, continued.

Roston Chase and Jermaine Blackwood also reached the double digits, but they stayed unbeaten by the close of play. Anrich Nortje and Rabada picked up two wickets each. Lungi Ngidi who picked up five wickets in the first innings, remained wicketless in the second after seven overs. Keshav Maharaj, the lone Proteas’ spinner, rolled his arms over for only one over.

Here’s how the netizens reacted to the days’ play: