Commentary: South Africa Vs West Indies, 2nd Test

South Africa vs West Indies, 2nd Test

South Africa won by 284 runs

RSA - 320 & 321
WI - 251 & 106 (35.1)

CRR:  3.01

Player of the Match

Player of the Series


Time to pose with the trophy now. Bavuma calls his team mates and, they look a happy bunch, soaking in all the cheers from the vocal crowd here in Johannesburg. That then, is a wrap of the Test series. Bavuma will be absolutely delighted for winning it 2-0 on captaincy debut despite the disappointment of missing out on the WTC final. The focus, however, will now be on the upcoming ODI series, which will also serve as a perfect opportunity to try out a few strategies and combinations before the all-important mega event in October this year. Do remember join us for the first ODI on Thursday. It will be a day-night affair at the Buffalo Park in East London. Until then, cheers and goodbye from Raju Peethala, Anurag Hegde and Praveen Kumar.

Temba Bavuma | Player of the match and South African captain: It's a nice sound to hear, good to see that people came out here on a Saturday to see us take the trophy. Very satisfied, I've been in situations where the team needs me to rebuild and I was able to do that yesterday. Hopefully I can do it more often, convert those situations into big runs. (On playing 2 spinners) It was massive, we thought it was a great decision. We hoped that the conditions would end up playing this way. The guys came out and played their roles so quite pleasing. (On Test cricket) Big conversation, I've said my part, we're a team that's building something of substance to give the fans something to enjoy. Unfortunately we'll only be donning the whites in December this year so hopefully the people in power can do something about that.

Kraigg Brathwaite | West Indies skipper: Looking back, the bowlers took 40 wickets. Questionable first sessions, we gave them too many runs. We just didn't bat well enough, simple as that. I still think we took some good steps, in the first Test we were in some good positions. Bowling wise, 40 wickets in the series was good. At crucial times we were too expensive but a serious improvement from Australia. Batting wise, we weren't good enough. Next step will be in July against India at home. Away from home we haven't got runs. We can work on the technical flaws but the mind has to be in the right place. It'll never be easy facing fast bowling so the belief has to be there. I can say and the coach can say but it won't make a difference. We've done it before so we can do it again. We have to show that we are top batsmen against good bowlers. Extremely disappointed. Especially today, it was feeling good. Very disappointed, as a leader you have to lead from the front and it didn't happen in this series.

Aiden Markram | Player of the Series: It is satisfying. We are all chasing series win at the end of the day. The lesser said the batter (about the shot when he was on 96) and learning from it hopefully. At the end of the day you still want to make it big and not get satisified with the 100, it is all part of the learning and next time when the opportunity comes I'll try to correct that. You look at his (Bavuma) knock in this game, he went onto make 170, that's what all players are trying to do and buy into it. It's been a satisfying series for us as a team and it is what matters at the end of the day.

Highlights of the game:
- Markram, de Zorzi star with the bat on day 1
- Windies display great fightback in final session of the first 2 days
- Bavuma leads South Africa's dominance (day 3) with his career best
- Rabada gets Brathwaite 4/4 in this series
- Maharaj injures himself while trying to celebrate Mayers' wicket
- Combined brilliance from bowlers lead to Windies' (2nd innings) collapse

13:53 local, 11:53 GMT, 17:23 IST: Handshakes all around. What a day it's been for the home side. Bavuma's plans of claiming his maiden double ton were dashed off early as West Indies cleaned up the last three wickets inside the first half hour, but it's been all South Africa since. Rabada started it off with the wicket of Brathwaite and the rest chipped in with telling contributions. Markram and de Zorzri in the first innings, and Bavuma in the second innings, set things up with the bat and the bowlers backed it up brilliantly with some awe-inspiring spells. Holder threatened to slim the first innings lead with quite a few frustrating lower-order partnerships, but South Africa got their act together in the second essay and blew the visitors away with a thoroughly dominating show. Temba Bavuma got off to a disastrous start, bagged a pair, with the bat, on his captaincy debut but proved his mettle in this game on what proved to be a tricky surface to bat on, especially since the start day 3.

35.1Harmer to Alzarri Joseph, out Stumped!! Dances down the wicket on Monday, but the ball arrives on Saturday. Done him with the the drift and sharp spin. Can't get to the pitch of the ball and Klaasen completes the formalities. South Africa win by a thumping 284-run margin and seal the series 2-0. Temba Bavuma and Shukri Conrad (Red-ball coach) - both on their leadership debut and they couldn't have asked for a better end to the series. Alzarri Joseph st Klaasen b Harmer 18(13) [4s-1 6s-2]

Harmer to Alzarri Joseph, THATS OUT!! Stumped!!

WI: 106-9 after 35 overs

34.6 Gerald Coetzee to Motie, no run, short and drifting down the leg-side, Motie looks to glance and misses

Gudakesh Motie, left handed bat, comes to the crease

34.5 Gerald Coetzee to Roach, out Caught by (sub)Keegan Petersen!! Wobble seam short and wide delivery, Roach looks to have a piece of it with a slashing cut. Sends it off the thick top-edge and the fielder at deep third settles under it with supreme ease. Roach c (sub)Keegan Petersen b Gerald Coetzee 2(23)

Gerald Coetzee to Roach, THATS OUT!! Caught!!

34.4 Gerald Coetzee to Roach, no run, full and slipping down the leg-side at 144ks, Roach can't connect with his flick

34.3 Gerald Coetzee to Roach, no run, fuller on off, Roach gets behind the line with a straight bat

34.2 Gerald Coetzee to Roach, no run, full and wide of off, Roach drives and gets it off the toe-edge towards backward point

34.1 Gerald Coetzee to Roach, no run, Roach goes fishing at a short and wide delivery bowled at 137ks, past the outside edge

Drinks. Just two more wickets to get for South Africa. Joseph is having some fun while he can. A disappointing day for the Windies this.

WI: 106-8 after 34 overs

33.6 Harmer to Alzarri Joseph, no run, full on middle, defended

33.5 Harmer to Alzarri Joseph, SIX, into the stands! Tossed up outside off, Joseph leans forward and slog-sweeps this over the deep mid-wicket fence again, this was a touch squarer and it went further

33.4 Harmer to Alzarri Joseph, no run, length delivery on off, defended back towards the bowler