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West Indies beat South Africa by 3 wickets, qualify for semi-finals
Nagpur, March 25, 2016
The West Indies scored a narrow three-wicket win over South Africa in a Group 1 Super 10 match and qualified for the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 tournament at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium here tonight.
Asked to bat first by West Indies skipper Darren Sammy, South Africa found themselves restricted to 122 for eight in their 20 overs, propped up by a fighting 47 by opener Quinton de Kock.
What many thought would be an easy win for the West Indies turned out to be a very keen and close contest. They had to fight all the way and managed to make 123 for seven to make it to the knock-out stage with three wickets in hand and two balls remaining.
Marlon Samuels topscored for the West Indies with 43, while opener Johnson Charles contributed 32.
At the end of 18 overs, the West Indies still needed 20 runs from 12 balls with four wickets in hand. Samuels hit a bouncer from Chris Morris towards third man for four and he and Carlos Brathwaite (10 not out) ran two singles to bring the target that much closer.
Samuels struck another four, again towards third man, but Morris got him finally, as he stepped to leg and tried to pull the ball over mid-wicket. He ended up offering a catch to de Villiers, who ran in from long-on. His 43 came off 43 balls and included six fours.
A single off the last ball, and the West Indians needed nine from the final over.
The first ball from Rabada to Brathwaite produced no run. The batsman picked up the second one and sent it soaring over mid-wicket for a huge six. One run came from the third ball, which was a wide. And then a single, which meant that they needed one run now from the last three balls.
Denesh Ramdin cut the fourth ball to Amla, who dropped him and the batsmen scampered for a quick single and they were through to a narrow three-wicket win, with two balls to spare.
The South African bowling attack -- consisting of Imran Tahir, David Wiese and Aaron Phangiso -- was very economical. Tahir picked up two wickets for 13 runs, while Wiese and Phangiso got one each.
Pacers Rabada and Morris were whacked around a bit, going for 38 and 33 runs. Both picked up a wicket each.
Samuels kept the fight going on for the West Indies before becoming the last wicket to fall.
Charles hit two fours and a six in his 32 and was third out with the total at 66 in the 12th over, when he top-edged the ball to Du Plessis at cover. He had struck Phangiso for six in the previous over and perished while trying to do it again.
Earlier, the West Indians were relentless in the field as South Africa made first use of the pitch.
South African opener Hashim Amla (1) was run out by Andre Russell off the third ball of the innings. Skipper Faf Du Plessis (9) hit Russell for a six beyond long-off in the next over, but departed two balls later, caught at mid-off by a forward-divingSulieman Benn off Russell, to make it 13 for two in 1.6 overs.
Rilee Russouw (0) tried to cut Chris Gayle in the next over and ended up chipping the ball to Russell at mid-wicket to make it 20 for three.
A B de Villiers (10) was removed by Dwayne Bravo when he was bowled off an inside edge. The score had reduced to 46-4 in 7.4 overs by then. David Miller (1) departed an over later when he was bowled by Gayle for 1 run.
However, de Kock (47), who held one end steady, and David Wiese got the Proteans to safe shores with a sixth wicket partnership of 50 runs. de Kock, who faced 46 balls and hit three fours and a six, was bowled by Russell and then Bravo had Wiese (28) caught by Sammy to make it 112 for seven in 17.2 overs.
Chris Morris remained unbeaten with 16. Aaron Phangiso (4) was run out off the last ball of the innings by Denesh Ramdin.
The West Indian bowling was incredibly tight and hardly gave away runs. Four bowlers -- Gayle (2/17, 3 ov), Carlos Brathwaite(0/11, 2 ov), Benn(0/20, 4ov), and Bravo(2/20, 4 ov) went for less than five runs per over in their spells. Russell picked up two pickets while giving away 28 runs in 4 overs and claiming a catch and a run-out as well.
The West Indies, who have won all their three outings so far, will play their final Group 1 match against Afghanistan on Sunday. A win in that match will ensure that they remain leaders in the group.
South Africa, with one win in three matches so far, face Sri Lanka in their last engagement on Monday and are staring at an exit from the tournament.
H. Amla run out Russell 1
Q de Kock b Russell 47
F Du Plessis c Benn b Russell 9
R Rossouw c Russell b Gayle 0
AB de Villiers b Bravo 10
D Miller b Gayle 1
D Wiese c Sammy b Bravo 28
C Morris not out 16
A Phangiso run out Ramdin 4
Extras (2w, 4b) 6
Total (7wickets: 20 overs) 122 (6.10 rpo)
Did not bat: K Rabada, I Tahir
Fall of wickets:1-1 (Amla, 0.3 ov), 2-13 (Du Plessis, 1.6 ov), 3-20(Rossouw, 3 ov), 4-46 (De Villiers, 7.4 ov), 5-47(Miller, 8.3 ov), 6-97 (De Kock, 15.4 ov), 7-112 (Wiese, 17.2 ov), 8-122 (Phangiso, 19.6 ov)
S Badree 3 0 22 0
A Russell 4 0 28 2
C Gayle 3 0 17 2
D Bravo 4 0 20 2
C Brathwaite 2 0 11 0
S Benn 4 0 20 0
J Charles c du Plessis b Wiese 32
C Gayle b Rabada 4
A Fletcher run out Rossouw 11
M Samuels c de Villiers b Morris 43
D Bravo c Wiese b Phangiso 8
A Russell c Miller b Tahir 4
D Sammy b Tahir 0
C Brathwaite not out 10
D Ramdin not out 4
Extras (8w, 2lb) 9
Total (7wickets; 19.4 overs) 123
Did not bat: S Badree, S Benn
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Gayle, 0.5 ov), 2-54 (Fletcher, 5.3 ov),3-66(Charles, 11.1 ov), 4-87 (Bravo 13.6 ov),5-100 (Russell, 16.4 ov), 6-100 (Sammy, 16.5 ov), 7-113 (Samuels, 18.5 ov)
P Rabada 3.4 0 38 1
C Morris 4 0 32 1
I Tahir 4 0 13 2
D Wiese 4 0 19 1
A Phangiso 4 0 19 1
Player of the Match: Marlon Samuels (West Indies)