Lungi Ngidi took 5-19 and Anrich Nortje 4-35, while South Africa outsourced West India for 97 Thursday on the opening day of the first test.
Ngidi claims its second bag with five wickets in the tests and its first since its debut against India in 2018, as South Africa ended the first innings of the West Indies for only 40.5 overs after the hosts chose to fight when winning a tot.
On stumps, South Africa was 128-4, a 31-track lead, and managed to celebrate a strong start to his first Caribbean tour in 11 years.
Ngidi describes his bowling as “in progress”. It looked much more than it did on Thursday when it tore the middle and lower ranks of South Africa after Northge topped the inning of the West Indies.
Former captain Jason Holder best scored with 20 for the West Indies, which was 24-0 before the kayaks began to fall rapidly. At one point, West India lost 5-11 in the seven-over range, and Nigidi, who went undisturbed in his first spell, took 5-7 when he changed ends.
“It’s not very common to take a team for 97,” Ngidi said. “There was little in the gate, so we exploited that as much as we could, and we have a little advantage.
“We really wanted to execute, we wanted to be ruthless about our lines and lengths.”
Ngidi was thrilled to see in person the result of his hard work in developing bowling, especially his outsider, and praised the support he received from catching his teammates behind the gate.
“My bowling is underway,” he said. “It’s been a while since I’ve been able to put on a show like this.
“I worked hard behind the scenes on the position of my seam, trying to divert it from my right hand. Just seeing it come off today was really exciting. “
Ngidi showed raw emotion when his fifth door came.
“I had a few four forces and went on. “I felt like a monkey on my back,” he said. “Just taking it off was really amazing for me.”
The bad day for the West Indies got worse when batsman Nkruma Bonner was excluded from the rest of the match with a concussion after receiving a heavy blow to his helmet. He will be replaced by veteran Kieran Powell.
Nortje triggered the fall of the West Indies by taking three wickets for eight runs while the hosts fell to 48-4 at noon, with Shai Nadezhda (15), captain Craig Bratwaite (15), Bonner (10) and Kyle Myers (1) all in the first session.
It was a stunningly slow start for the West Indians, who scored less than two transfers.
Jermaine Blackwood fell 1 just after the lunch break, and the West Indies faced just 13 shots from the second session before coming out.
South Africa lost a opener Dean Elgar for a duck in the first part of their inning. Elgar plays his first test as a captain.
Keegan Peterson, 19, fell a total of 34 before Aiden Macram and Rassie van der Dussen managed the inning in a partnership of 79 for the third gate. Macram was out for 60 before the stumps, and van der Dussen was not out of 34 at the end.
South Africa made its debut in the opening series of batsmen Keegan Petersen and Kyle Veren. The West Indies gave the first bowling test cap to Jayden Seales.