St. Lucia: Seamer Lungi Ngidi showed all his cunning to take five wickets for 19 rounds as South Africa skied the West Indies for 97 and grabbed the initiative on the first day of the first Test in St. Lucia on Thursday.
After winning the lottery, the hosts scored their lowest Test total against South Africa, who reached the finish with 128 to four responses, by 31 runs on a wicket that proved difficult to score.
Rasi van der Dusen (34 not out) and Quinton de Kock (4 not out) will resume on day two, trying to stabilize what has been a fragile top six of the tour as of late.
West Indies speed bowler Jayden Sells – who has played only one first-class match – represented teammate Keegan Petersen (19) in the South African innings.
An impressive Sellles (3-34) also eliminated opener Aiden Markram (60), and another debutant Kyle Ferrin (6), all caught behind the wicket, validating his choice over the injured Shannon Gabriel.
South Africa’s tight streaks and annoying length with the ball starved the West Indies of shots, as Ngidi and fellow tailor Enrich Norte (4-35) hit a nine-wicket fall.
Nortje also dismantled the helmet of batsman Nkrumah Bonner, who went on to make 10 of 32 balls but was later diagnosed with a concussion.
He was replaced in-game by Kieran Powell, who would strike in the second half for the West Indies.