Dale Steyn unleashed a path of destruction on the West Indies as he took six wickets in five overs to give South Africa victory by an innings and 220 in the first of three Test matches at SuperSport Park on Saturday. The Proteas thus go 1-0 up and are well placed to retain the Sir Vivian Richards Trophy which they have held ever since its inception. The Windies lost their last seven wickets for 44 runs to be all out for 131.
It meant that they had only managed to bat for 102 overs in their two combined innings. Steyn, having failed to take a wicket in the first innings, hit back with 6/34 in a spell of sustained pace, skill and aggression to record the third best figures for the Proteas against the Caribbean cricketers behind Makhaya Ntini (7/37 at Port of Spain in 2005) and Andre Nel (6/32 at Barbados on the same tour).
He has now taken 48 wickets in eight Test matches on his original home ground and 41 in 7 matches against the West Indians. His career total of 389 is only one behind second-placed Ntini on South Africa’s all-time list. Steyn has now taken 25 five-wicket hauls at this level which places him joint seventh on the all-time list.
The only fast bowlers ahead of him are Sir Richard Hadlee (36), Glenn McGrath (29) and Sir Ian Botham (27) while he is currently level with Wasim Akram. This was South Africa’s second biggest ever innings win, beaten only by the innings and 229 runs victory over Sri Lanka at Newlands in 2001. Hashim Amla was named Man of the Match, having scored 208 in his only innings compared with the 332 that the West Indies managed in both their complete innings.