Dale Steyn Dominates West Indies, South Africa seal innings victory
South Africa 552-5 dec. (Amla 208) beat
West Indies 201 & 131 (Dale Steyn 6-34) by an innings and 200 runs
First Test, Centurion, day four
Dale Steyn ripped through the startled West Indies batting line-up as South Africa convincingly won the first Test by an innings and 200 runs.
Dale Steyn was at his absolute best from ball one on day four, as he ruthlessly rattled the West Indian batting line-up with some fantastic fast bowling by picking six wickets in just 8.2 overs helping South Africa go 1-0 up in the series.
West Indies who had a seemingly impossible task of saving the test match, had no answer to Steyn’s pace and accuracy.
Just five overs into the first session, Dale Steyn struck with the wicket of Leon Johnson (39) caught by AB de Villiers behind the stumps.
It was just the beginning of things to come as Steyn accounted for the wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul (4) with a well-directed short delivery which took the glove on the way to the keeper.
In the fifth over of his spell, Dale Steyn struck twice claiming the wickets of Marlon Samuels (17) and Denesh Ramdin (4) as innings defeat started looming on the visitors.
The end seemed near for West Indies as they were reduced to 109 for six.
Morkel picked his second wicket of the innings as he dismissed Jermaine Blackwood (15), caught at short leg.
Dale Steyn wrapped up the proceedings by picking wickets of Jerome Taylor (9) and Sheldon Cottrell (4) as he went on to claim his twenty fifth five-wicket haul in Test matches.
Amla, who scored a crucial 208-run knock for South Africa was adjudged the man of the match.
South Africa registered their second biggest victory margin by beating West Indies by an innings and 220 runs in the first test, thereby taking a 1-0 lead in the three match series.
The second Test of the series will start on December 26 at Port Elizabeth.
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