Windies fighting to keep series alive

THE pressure is on hosts West Indies going into the second Test against South Africa at Queen's Park Oval, St Kitts, starting tomorrow.

THE pressure is on hosts West Indies going into the second Test against South Africa at Queen's Park Oval, St Kitts, starting tomorrow.

After losing the first Test by 163 runs on Sunday, they know that they need a win to keep the series alive, otherwise the third and last Test match will be a dead rubber.

For the Proteas one more big effort and the series is theirs.

Going into tomorrow's match a couple of the South Africans are on top of their game, none more so than fast bowler Dale Steyn.

The bowler, who picked up eight wickets in the last game, has become the fastest bowler in cricket history to reach the milestone of 200 wickets and it is something he is only appreciating now.

"At the time it happened the job was only half done as far as winning the Test was concerned," Steyn told Sowetan yesterday.

"Now that we have won I can enjoy the moment. I see it was an important landmark to be proud of but I am only halfway through my Test career. There is a long path ahead of me."

Backing up Steyn was the lanky and ever-improving Morne Morkel, who seems to have taken a liking to the pitches in the Caribbean.

Since England's summer tour to South Africa, he has grown in leaps and bounds.

Picking up six wickets in the first Test, Morkel is proving to be the perfect foil to Steyn and the two are establishing a partnership that is sure to serve local cricket well for years ahead.

The biggest prize for Morkel after the last match was his easy dismissal of West Indies captain Chris Gayle in both innings.

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