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Kagiso Rabada dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope

Kagiso Rabada dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope

West Indies batsmen found themselves under trouble again as Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje combined to put South Africa in the driver's seat in St. Lucia. The duo picked two wickets each as the hosts finished the day on 82 for 4, still trailing by 143 runs. This came after Quinton de Kock's superlative 141* - including 12 fours and 7 sixes - pushed South Africa's lead to 225 before the bowlers could rattle West Indies in the final session.

There wasn't much wrong the four dismissed batsmen did as Rabada and Nortje made good use of the new ball and the seam movement at their disposal. Captain Kraigg Brathwaite was a touch unfortunate to get trapped leg before on a ball that kept low on him after seaming in from length. Kieran Powell got a full ball from Rabada from an around-the-wicket angle that further nipped back into him and struck him on the front leg.

Powell reviewed but the replays suggested the ball would've gone on to hit the leg stump. Nortje ended Shai Hope's brief fight with a length ball that kicked up unexpectedly and had the batsman nicking to gully, and then had Kyle Mayers pinged on his backfoot and poking tentatively at a full ball and edging behind too.

Jermaine Blackwood and Roston Chase ensured there was no more damage but South Africa still have managed to get their noses well ahead in this game. A lot of credit for that goes to the manner in which Quinton de Kock went about his batting in the first two sessions, even as batsmen around him didn't last very long.

West Indies managed just one wicket in the opening session - of Rassie van der Dussen - but came out with renewed hope in the second. Jason Holder was at the forefront of the bowling effort, as he got Wiaan Mulder to edge one to the slips right after the intermission. A sharp, low take at forward short leg from Kieran Powell sent Keshav Maharaj packing for a 10-ball duck before Kemar Roach rattled Rabada with the new ball and eventually squared him up and induced an edge that carried.

At 233 for 8, South Africa looked set to finish with a lead within 150, but in came Anrich Nortje to occupy the non-striker's end while de Kock played his shots and powered South Africa ahead. De Kock went after Jayden Seales with two sixes and a four in an over, and didn't spare Kyle Mayers's gentle medium pace either. Even Cornwall's attempts to keep de Kock down were futile as he went for two sixes - one slog swept and another down the ground - in an over.

De Kock did mistime a big hit eventually, and was caught in the deep, but much to West Indies' horror, Holder had overstepped on the wicket delivery to offer the South African southpaw a costly reprieve. He and Nortje added 79 - of which the latter scored just 7 runs. The partnership allowed South Africa's lead to soar and go as far as 225, which is now looking like a big mountain to climb for the home side.

Brief scores: West Indies 97 & 82/4 (Roston Chase 21, Kieran Powell 14; Kagiso Rabada 2-18, Anrich Nortje 2-34) trail South Africa 322 (Quinton de Kock 141*, Aiden Markram 60; Jason Holder 4-75) by 143 runs.