South Africa beat host West Indies to secure birth in semi-finals


With this win, South Africa topped Group 1 adopted by defending champions England because the second semifinalist from it.

South Africa’s golden era of white-ball cricketers took a giant step in direction of erasing the “eternal chokers” tag by conserving their composure to enter the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup, beating a formidable West Indies by three wickets in an exciting rain-truncated Super 8s recreation right here.

After part-time magician and full-time wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi (3/27), alongside together with his sluggish bowling colleagues Keshav Maharaj (1/24) and skipper Aiden Markram (1/28), restricted West Indies to a manageable 135 for 8, South Africa achieved the revised goal of 123 with 5 balls to spare.

The Proteas have been 15/2 in two overs when rain disrupted proceedings.

With this win, South Africa topped Group 1 adopted by defending champions England because the second semifinalist from it.

Tristan Stubbs (29 off 27 balls), one of the vital talked-about amongst younger T20 batters, arrange the chase in firm of Heinrich Klaasen (22 off 10 balls) for the South Africans.

But it was Marco Jansen (21 not out off 14 balls), who hit a fantastic six down the bottom off the primary ball of the seventeenth over bowled by left-arm pacer Obed McCoy to seal the deal.

Equally praiseworthy was Kagiso Rabada’s copybook cowl drive off Roston Chase when South Africa required 9 off 7 balls.

In a contest that was headlined by essentially the most revered names in T20 historical past, two under-rated cricketers held forte.

Barbados’ Roston Chase (52 and three/12), who year-after-year goes unsold in the IPL and Jansen, who displayed the much less talked-about advantage of composure, a lot required in down-the-wire chases.

It was an unfair rain-rule in the 1992 ODI World Cup that noticed South Africa bow out of the semi-finals in opposition to England and sometimes the Proteas discovered methods to lose necessary video games of cricket.

But on Sunday evening in North Sound, the one hour rain delay did a world of fine for his or her batters because the pitch abruptly turned higher for batting with the ball skidding and approaching simply.

Also unforgettable was how left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie (1/20), misplaced his size. His solely over value 20 which did contribute lots to the co-hosts’ defeat.

In a recreation filled with T20 prima donnas, it was the Stubbs, Klaasens, Millers and Markrams who had the final chuckle over the Andre Russells, Rovman Powells and Nicholas Poorans.

On a monitor the place ball wasn’t all the time approaching to the bat, the South African spin troika was glorious with 5 wickets shared between Markram, Keshav Maharaj and Shamsi for 79 run in 12 cumulative overs.

Skipper Markram, who opened the bowling did a stellar job by eradicating opposition’s most damaging batter Nicholas Pooran (1), inviting him to go for a heave, solely to gap out at long-off.

Kyle Mayers (35 off 34) and West Indies’ most helpful participant throughout codecs — Roston Chase (52 off 42 balls) — carried out a commendable rescue act with 81 runs added for the third wicket in little below 11 overs.

At 86 for 2, the duo had constructed the platform for a decent complete with large hitters like Andre Russell and Rovman Powell nonetheless in the dug-out however issues modified drastically due to the way in which Shamsi and Maharaj bowled.

Both weren’t afraid to toss the ball up and entice the batters to go for expansive drives and it did pay dividends.

Maharaj bowled a dream supply for a classical left-arm spinner to do away with of West Indies skipper Powell.

Maharaj flighted one above his eyeline, drawing Powell ahead nevertheless it dipped late after which turned away after pitching just for De Kock to full the stumping.

Shamsi, on the different finish was useless correct, not attempting to flip an excessive amount of, and pitching his deliveries in the leg-middle line not giving batters room to manoeuvre. Both Mayers and Chase have been dismissed attempting to free the shackles.

Skipper Markram’s planning was impeccable and Kagiso Rabada was solely introduced into the assault in the 18th over and bowled a few overs.

Andre Russell, who hit a few sixes off Anrich Nortje, may have inflicted extra harm however a direct throw from the bowler throughout a Rabada over discovered the all-rounder in need of his floor and ended the hosts’ probabilities of crossing the 150-run mark.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by DNA workers and is revealed from PTI)

Nilesh Desai
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