WI vs SA: West Indies batsman Nkrumah Bonner has been dropped from the first match of the two-match Test series between West Indies and South Africa following a concussion he suffered from delivery by pacer Anrich Nortje.
In an attempt to hook the short delivery, Bonner took a blow to his helmet. He was struck on the badge of his helmet by a sharp bouncer. Consequently, he did not return to the field after the completion of the West Indies innings owing to which Kieran Powell replaced him. After Bonner, who seemed unconscious after taking the hit, retired from the field, West Indies got bundled up at 97 runs.
Bonner took the hit in the first ball of the inning, a delivery for which a DRS referral was taken to check for a possible ball contact with the glove before it stuck the helmet. However, even after an assessment, the batsman continued to play for 32 deliveries but eventually succumbed to Kagiso Rabada for 10 runs.
According to the concussion substitute rule, the match referee Sir Richie Richardson is the final authority to consent the like-for-like replacement. Powell, who came as the substitute for Bonner, will now bat in his position in the next innings, replacing him for the remainder of the game. Powell is back in the game after three years. He last played for West Indies in 2018.
West Indies’ total was their 19th instance when they got bowled out below a ton. It is also their lowest score they have registered against South Africa.
WI vs SA 1st Test match highlights
The opening day of the series between the two teams Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia saw the Proteas bowler shine. Lungi Ndigi and Anrich Nortje displayed a stellar performance and played the key role in restricting the hosts at 97. Ndigi took a fifer while Nortje scalped 4 wickets. Aiden Markram scored 60 runs to boost the SA innings before going back to the pavilion.
At the end of the day 1: WI first innings score- 97 runs; SA scorecard- 128/4 (43 overs)
SA leads by 31 runs; CRR- 2,97
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