South Africa wins the second test match against West Indies by 158 runs to register a 2-0 series whitewash. The Windies team couldn’t perform well with the bat in both the tests as the visitors won the first tets also by an innings & 63 runs. Whereas West Indies fell short of 158 runs in the second test by able to score 149 & 165 runs in reply to South Africa’s 298 & 174.
Shedding light on West Indies poor batting stint, Windies captain Kraigg Brathwaite was honest at accepting its team shortcomings with the bat. Brathwaite apologized to all the fans for the dismal batting display by the Windies squad. He stressed that playing without a batting coach is not an excuse for displaying an awful batting performance. “It isn’t a factor,” he said. “The coaches here are doing a very good job. And as batters, we know where we went wrong”.
“We’re very sorry. We were disappointing. We’ve got to come back and show that fight. You can’t win it all but as a batter, you have to show fight, show determination, which we didn’t. It’s still a learning process with some young guys in there and some other guys coming back in. It still not an excuse. We’ve got to come back better”, said Kraigg Brathwaite
“Part of the plan obviously was to bat better and have consistent partnerships and big partnerships but we didn’t have any. During the series, you can’t work on anything technical and Test cricket is all mental. But you always have something to work on as a player. We have a couple of weeks and we could work on a few flaws that we have”, added Brathwaite.
Initially, South Africa faced trouble on the opening day of the second test when they were reduced to 37 for 3, before Elgar and Quinton de Kock rescued the visitors to post 298 runs in the first innings. The Proteas side displayed a more diminishing batting stint in the second innings. As they were reeling at 73 runs with the loss of seven wickets. However, South Africa performed the rescue act by registering 174 runs & limiting Windies to a low score of 165 runs in the second innings. As a result, South Africa beat West Indies in the decider test, thereby registering a series sweep with 2-0.
Even after facing a 0-2 series defeat by the Proteas, Windies Captain Kraigg Brathwaite was all praise for his team’s bowling squad. “We were magnificent in the field. Kemar Roach was magnificent. Every time I asked the bowlers for a spell, they were always willing to do the job,” he said. “And we took some very good catches. The bowling unit must be commended for the effort”, concluded Braithwaite.
This stunning 2-0 series win against West Indies is the Proteas’ first win in the five away series they have played since they won in New Zealand in March 2017.
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