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West Indies fight back after Aiden Markram ends long wait for century in 1st Test at Centurion

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Mar 01, 2023 01:08 AM IST

Temba Bavuma was out for a duck in his first game as South Africa's new test captain, leading to a West Indies fightback on the opening day of the series on Tuesday.

Temba Bavuma was out for a duck in his first game as South Africa's new test captain, leading to a West Indies fightback on the opening day of the series on Tuesday.

South Africa's batsman Aiden Markram raises his bat after reaching a century(AP)
South Africa's batsman Aiden Markram raises his bat after reaching a century(AP)

Bavuma's exit on the second ball he faced, plumb lbw in front of middle stump to Alzarri Joseph, started a South Africa batting slide from 221-2 to 314-8 at stumps.

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West Indies had taken just one wicket in the first two sessions at SuperSport Park but collected seven after tea to rein in what looked like being a formidable South African total to start the first of two tests.

South Africa was still in a good position, even with the end-of-day collapse.

Aiden Markram made 115 on his recall to the test team and was part of a 141-run opening stand with Dean Elgar, the man who was removed as skipper and replaced by Bavuma in a surprise move just before the series.

Elgar put that disappointment behind him to hit 71.

But Joseph took 3-60 — the crucial wickets of Elgar, Bavuma and Markram — and was supported by fellow pace bowlers Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach and Jason Holder, who all pitched in with a wicket each.

That helped West Indies take seven wickets for 79 runs in one spell in that final session and keep South Africa in check.

South Africa's new-look lineup under new test coach Shukri Conrad included debuts for batter Tony de Zorzi and fast bowler Gerald Coetzee and a recall after four years for allrounder Senuran Muthusamy.

Elgar was the only wicket to fall before tea, caught down at third man playing a ramp shot straight after West Indies had moved a fielder to that position to stop the shot.

De Zorzi made 28 in his first test innings and kept South Africa ticking along with a 78-run partnership for the second wicket with Markram.

De Zorzi was run out after he went for a third run, was sent back and was caught out by a throw from the deep by Tagenarine Chanderpaul.

Bavuma fell in the same over and Markram had to go after being bowled by a pinpoint yorker from the fired-up Joseph. Markam's 115 was his sixth test century and first in two years.

Heinrich Klaasen (20), Muthusamy (3) and Kagiso Rabada (8) all followed quickly to give West Indies late rewards on a day that looked like it would be all South Africa's.

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