West Indies crash out of ICC Men’s T/20 World Cup after losing to South Africa

South Africa are through to the T/20 World Cup semi-finals after a tense three-wicket win on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method over Co-hosts West Indies in a ran affected winner-takes-all Super 8s match on Sunday night at the Sir vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

Batting first the Caribbean side scrambled to 135 for 8, off their allotted 20 overs after recovering from 97 for 6 in the 14th over. They were led by the Windies hero on the night Roston Chase whose half century 52 off 45 balls was the highlight in the otherwise calamitous batting display from the Co- host where Captain Rovman Powell and wicket keeper Nicholas Pooran both crashed for 1. 

Chase belted 3 four and 2 sixes in his 1 hour stay at the wicket. 

Opener Shai Hope had his worst start to the tournament as he fell for a duck, while the only other resistance came from opener Kyle Mayers who cracked 35 runs off 34 balls. 

This against South Africa’s spinners who did the damage with the ball led by Tabraiz Shamsi who snatched 3 for 28.

Chasing a DLS revised target of 123, South Africa wobbled at times but ultimately withstood the pressure and Marco Jansen thumped a six to seal the win with five balls to spare.

The Proteas appeared in control but Andre Russell struck twice in the second over of the chase to leave them 15 for 2.

The Windies’ momentum was halted immediately, though, by a sudden downpour that kept the players off the field for 75 minutes.

South Africa returned with a new target from 17 overs and a flurry of boundaries quickly put them back in the ascendancy.

But with a raucous crowd at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium urging them on, the West Indies kept fighting with Roston Chase, who made 52 with the bat, taking three wickets.

As the game headed towards a nervy conclusion with South Africa needing nine from seven balls, Kagiso Rabada hit a glorious cover drive for four and Jansen finished the job at the start of the last over.

The Proteas go through top of the group, with England second, as South Africa completed their seventh win at the Tournament.


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