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West Indies picked six wickets in a single session

West Indies picked six wickets in a single session

After a long wait indoors and an early Lunch, West Indies came out with renewed confidence and a spring in their bowling steps to rattle South Africa in the second session on Day 3 in St. Lucia. South Africa lost as many as six wickets and were tottering along at 63 for 6 in 24 overs when another rain interuptions forced the players indoors and an early end to the second session as well.

Having conceded a sizeable first-innings lead courtesy a lacklustre batting show on Day 2, West Indies had their backs to the wall heading into Day 3. But Kemar Roach gave them a reason to shrug off the pressure very early as he squared up Aiden Markram with a hint of away movement and got him to nick to Jason Holder at slips on just the third ball of the innings.

Roach then smartly planted seeds of doubt in Deal Elgar's mind. The South African captain, renowed for his abstinence against deliveries outside the offstump, ended up proding at one, falling for the inward angle created by the West Indian who bowled from round the stumps.

Keegan Petersen and Rassie van der Dussen took it upon themselves to pull South Africa out of this early rabbit hole, and showed potential for success, until Kraigg Brathwaite's bowling change put a spanner in the works. Kyle Mayers had the rub of the green on his side as Petersen undid the little hard work he'd put in by choppng on what looked like an innocuous delivery that short and wide of offstump. Mayers didn't crank up the pace but his lines were still probing enough for Kyle Verrynne to hang his bat out and nick it to Joshua da Silva behind the stumps, leaving the team on 52 for 4.

The dismissal put the burden of a rescue on the broad shoulders of Quinton de Kock, whose last two Test innings - including the first in this fixture - yielded 141* and 96. But a buoyed West Indies didn't let the South African wicketkeeper turn the tide. Jason Holder used the across the left-hander slant to leave de Kock in two minds whether to leave or push at the length ball. De Kock ended up choosing the latter and paid the price for it by nicking it to the keeper. Mayers then dug deeper into South Africa's flesh when Wiaan Mulder thought it fit to attempt a drive on a ball that was full and wide. All he managed was an edge that went to Shai Hope at gully.

West Indies went from a state of being sombre following a batting collapse on Day 2 to being audibly chirpy, having their tails up and placing multiple close-in catchers to crank up the pressure. Keshav Maharaj played out nine dot balls before the players had to rush back due to the showers, prompting the umpires to call for an early Tea break. South Africa went in with 63 for 6, taking their lead to 212 runs.

Brief scores: South Africa 298 & 63/6 (Rassie van der Dussen 22*; Kyle Mayers 3-14, Kemar Roach 2-26) lead West Indies 149 (Jermaine Blackwood 49, Shai Hope 43; Wiaan Mulder 1-3, Kagiso Rabada 2-24) by 212 runs