Weather permitting, the West Indies will have to show slate if they are to square the series when play resumes today in the second Betway Test match against South Africa, currently being played at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground (DSCG) in Beausejour, Gros Islet.

(L-R) West Indies fast bowlers Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales and Shannon Gabriel took 1 wicket each in the first session on Day 1.

At tea yesterday South Africa were 159 for the loss of 4 wickets after being sent in by the West Indies. The not-out batsmen, were captain Dean Edgar 65 and Quinton de Kock 21.

The wickets to fall were that of Aiden Markram caught by Roston Chase without scoring, Keegan Petersen caught by Jason Holder off Jayden Seales for 7, when the score was on 26 for 2 after 10.1 overs, Rassie van der Dussen bowled by Kemar Roach for 4 just before the lunchtime break and after tea, Kyle Verreynne caught by wicketkeeper de Silva for 27. The score then was 124.

Bowling for West Indies, Shannon Gabriel, 2 for 47, Kemar Roach 1 for 25 and Jayden Seales 1 for 21.

Meanwhile, for the first time since the pandemic, cricket fans, as from yesterday, were allowed entry into the stadium following negotiations with Cricket West Indies and the Government of Saint Lucia/ Ministry of Health.

Four hundred fully vaccinated fans will be allowed in the stadium each day of the match. However, their last dose of the vaccine must have been administered on or before June 4th.

Admission will be free on presentation and validation of personal vaccination documentation and photo ID.

The squads

West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Kyle Mayers, Jermaine Blackwood,  Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales and Shanon Gabriel.

South Africa: Dean Edgar (captain), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van de Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Quinton de Kock, Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi.

Last week in the first Test at the same venue, South Africa defeated the West Indies by an innings and 63 runs. The Windies were bowled out for 97 in their first innings and 162 in the second innings. Top order batsman Roston Chase the only one to show any kind of resistance to the South African seamers. In the second innings, he made 62.

For South Africa, fast bowler Kagiso Rabada finished with match figures of 5 for 34.

South Africa wicketkeeper/batsman Quinton de Kock was named Man of the Match for his 141 not out in his team’s first innings score of 322.

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