Memories of the West Indies vs Pakistan first test at the Queen’s Park Oval come to mind, when 17 wickets fell on the first day as the West Indies were bowled out after lunch on the first day for 127. Then it was Waqar Younis, Ata-Ur-Rahman and Wasim Akram the destroyers. But on June 10th 2021, Ngidi, Nortje and Rabada rattled West Indies for 97, a score that would not be enough for a 20/20 match on a bad pitch. West Indies allrounder Jason Holder top scored with 20, nothing to be proud of really. But like in 1993, when the West Indies bounced back to win by 204 runs, West Indies are still in with a chance. Back then, Ian Raphael Bishop ripped through Pakistan on his way to taking 5 wickets in the first innings and in 2021, another Trinidadian, Jayden Seales, in his very first test has 3 of the 4 wickets so far in the South African innings.
The return of Shai Hope and Roston Chase added only 23 runs as Hope and his opening partner captain Kraigg Brathwaithe both made 15, while Chase made 8 batting at number 4. By the end of the day, South Africa were leading by 31 runs as they were 128 for 4. West Indies made 97.
Seales, speaking to Windiescricket media at the conclusion of the first day, said the West Indies are not out yet, “it is only the first day. We didnt bat as well was we wanted to, but we pulled it back with the ball today”, He added it was an amazing feeling when he got his first test wicket, “when I saw I got the edge, I knew I he was out, I know Jason is safe in the slips, so I started celebrating by the time I got the edge”.
South Africa whose strength is in their bowling will have to try to withstand Jadyen as he attempts to seal the fightback from the hosts. Current coach Phillip Simmons, was opening with Desmond Haynes in 1993, when the West Indies recovered to win by 204 runs will no doubt be reminding his charges of that feat and sharing his experience from that win.