Pretoria - Dale Steyn ripped through the West Indies top order to claim his 25th
five-wicket haul in test cricket and give South Africa an innings and
220-run victory on the fourth morning of the first test on Saturday.
West Indies' frailties with the bat were cruelly exposed by the
top-ranked South Africans, with Steyn leading the charge as he finished
with six for 34 having gone wicketless in the first innings.
visitors resumed in the morning session on 76 for two in their second
innings, still trailing by 275 runs, with hopes of batting deep into the
day to save the test.
But a fired-up Steyn sparked a precession
of wickets as the West Indies were bowled out for 131, unable to cope
with the hostility of the home quicks.
"We didn't expect it to
finish so early, but Dale bowled exceptionally well to get us started
and the wicket got difficult to bat on," Proteas captain Hashim Amla,
who was adjudged Man of the Match for his 208, said at the post-match
He also gave credit to AB de Villiers, his partner
in a South African record fourth-wicket partnership of 308 and the
player who also donned the gloves with regular wicketkeeper Quinton de
Kock injured on day three.
"Having AB in the team is a great
blessing, he is a wonderful fielder, a great batsman and he even bowls a
bit these days. He is also our spare keeper and he showed his class
with the gloves on," Amla said.
Steyn had limped off on the third
afternoon with a groin problem but showed no signs of discomfort as he
steamed in to skittle the West Indies top order in a spell that lasted
The loss of Leon Johnson (39) and Shivnarine
Chanderpaul (four) early left the West Indies in trouble, but their
situation became a hopeless one when Marlon Samuels looped up a catch
for Dean Elgar off a rampant Steyn with his score on 17.
Denesh Ramdin (four), who had called for greater grit and application
from the batsmen in the lead-up to the test, lasted just two balls as
Steyn claimed his fourth by inducing an edge off the shoulder of the bat
to a leaping De Villiers.
The game was up for the tourists and
Steyn picked up the final two wickets, with Kyle Abbott taking an easy
catch off Sheldon Cottrell at mid-wicket to end the match with bowler
Kemar Roach not batting in the innings as he rests his injured ankle.
the first innings when we batted we showed some signs of partnerships
with our guys getting starts but we couldn't carry them on," Ramdin
"We need to show a lot of character to give them a fight and
hopefully we can take some positives out of this match and do something
special in the other games."
The West Indies were bowled out
twice in the test in just under 103 overs, leaving them with much to
contemplate ahead of the second test in Port Elizabeth that starts on