South Africa’s Quinton de Kock has deteriorated four consecutive centuries, but the tourist ended the second and final Test against West Indies under the guidance of the second day in Saint Lucia on Saturday.
De Kock chased a wide delivery from seam bowler Kyle Mayers (3 for 28) and was caught in the trench for 96 after scoring an unbeaten 141 in the first Test, as South Africa is in its first innings for 298 bowled out.
West Indies struggled in its response and were sacked for 149 after the match when Jermaine Blackwood (49), the innings scorer of the innings, perished in search of his half-century, leaving the host with 149 runs left.
The South African bowlers shared the wickets with seamstresses Wiaan Mulder (3 for 1), Kagiso Rabada (2 for 24) and Lungi Ngidi (2 for 27) who all made use of the useful lane, while left-back Keshav Maharaj (2) for 47) also threw in, including Blackwood’s scalp which was a delivery to Dean Elgar.
West Indies were bowled out in the first Test for 97 and 162, and the shortcomings were again clear as they struggled with the quality of the South African seam quartet on a wicket helping the bowlers.
His innings started the worst possible when captain Kraigg Brathwaite caught the first ball next to the leg by Rabada’s wicketkeeper, and only Shai Hope (43) and Blackwood showed any form thereafter.
South Africa won the first Test at the same place with an innings and 63 runs and is aiming for a first away win in four years.