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Proteas hammer West Indies

Wickets tumbled in the first hour of the day as Dale Steyn, the chief destroyer, walked away with 6/34.

Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn. Picture: Marc Lewis/EWN.

PRETORIA - The Proteas have hammered the West Indies by an innings and 220 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three match series in the first of three Sunfoil Test matches at SuperSport Park on Saturday.

Wickets tumbled in the first hour of the day as Dale Steyn, the chief destroyer, walked away with 6/34.

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.

He says he was surprised at fast the West Indies crumbled.

"I didn't expect it to happen so quickly and the wicket was getting difficult to bat and there was exceptional batting from Dale."

West India skipper Denesh Ramdin says his batsmen didn't apply themselves as well as they should have.

"The guys should have carried on and it's important that we bat longer sessions."

Ramdin says Steyn's intensity surprised them today.

Steyn unleashed a path of destruction on the West Indies as he took six wickets in five overs to give the Proteas victory by an innings and 220.