South Africa batted positively throughout the opening session, and they stuck with their approach post lunch as Aiden Markram brought out some sumptuous drives while taking full toll of the short deliveries on offer. Tony de Zorzi was providing able support from the other end as the left-right combo raised a brisk century partnership to put South Africa in pole position. The stand reached 116 when Markram, on course for his seventh Test ton, fell four short of three figures when he attempted a paddle sweep off Gudakesh Motie.
De Zorzi, who scored 28 and 0 in the first Test, accomplished his maiden Test fifty by guiding an Alzarri Joseph delivery behind square on the off side for a four. Temba Bavuma blazed off the blocks and built a good partnership with de Zorzi, who was quick to punish width. The Windies finally reaped some rewards for their hard work in the final session as Holder trapped Bavuma lbw before Motie bowled a peach to send de Zorzi packing.
The Proteas top-order batsmen star on day one 🏏
Gudakesh Motie is the pick of the bowers ☝️ pic.twitter.com/YTKSWQxoJI
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