Elgar, de Kock lead South Africa recovery on Day One


South Africa recovered from a shaky position to reach 218-5 by stumps on Day One of the second and final Betway Test against West Indies in St. Lucia on Friday.

After 82 overs, South Africa had staged a fightback, thanks largely to skipper Dean Elgar and the in-form Quinton de Kock.

Elgar made 77 in partnership of 87 with Kyle Verrreynne, who scored 27. de Kock, who made a career-best 141 in the first Test, was unbeaten on 59.

Dean Elgar made 77 (Photo: Getty Images)

South Africa had earlier been reduced to 37-3 in the first session with West Indies holding the upper hand when lunch was taken at 44-3.

After West Indies won the toss and elected to field, the recalled Shannon Gabriel made the breakthrough, removing opener Aiden Markram without scoring.

Jayden Seales then nicked off Keegan Petersen (7) for the second time in the series and Kemar Roach dismissed Rassie van der Dussen for four.

After then it was all South Africa as Elgar and de Kock led the recovery effort.

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