West Indies in semi-finals, South Africa face exit – ICC World T20

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West Indies 123 for 7 (Samuels 44, Charles 32, Tahir 2-13) beat South Africa 122 for 8 (De Kock 47, Bravo 2-20, Gayle 2-17) by three wickets

West Indies secured their spot in the World T20 2016 semi-finals with a third successive win but made hard work of chasing a small target of 123. With just a shave over a run-a-ball needed, West Indies were routinely dragged back, to a point where they needed 20 off the last two overs. However, a solid start from Johnson Charles, a composed innings from Marlon Samuels  and a six from Carlos Brathwaite in the final over saw them sneak over the line.

West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels plays a shot during the World T20 cricket tournament match between South Africa and West Indies at The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on March 25, 2016. / AFP / PUNIT PARANJPE        (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)
West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels plays a shot during the World T20 cricket tournament match between South Africa and West Indies at The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on March 25, 2016. (PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

South Africa’s bowling attack did their best to make up for the blunders of their batsmen, who had slumped to 47 for 5 in the ninth over before eking over 120.

Aaron Phangiso, playing in his first international match in five months and the first since remodeling his action last month, and David Wiese both conceded at under six runs to the over, but it was Imran Tahir who kept South Africa in the match. The legspinner gave away only 13 runs in four overs and took two wickets off successive deliveries in the 17th over.

In the end, it was not enough and South Africa could exit the tournament before playing their final group match. If England beat Sri Lanka on Sunday, South Africa’s campaign will be over.

 

 

MATCH DETAILS:

Toss – West Indies, who chose to field
Points – West Indies 2, South Africa 0
Player of the match – MN Samuels (West Indies)
Umpires – IJ Gould (England) and RA Kettleborough (England)
TV umpire – BNJ Oxenford (Australia)
Match referee – BC Broad (England)
Reserve umpire – Aleem Dar (Pakistan)
MATCH NOTES:
    • South Africa innings
    • Powerplay: Overs 0.1 – 6.0 (Mandatory – 39 runs, 3 wickets)
    • South Africa: 50 runs in 8.6 overs (54 balls), Extras 2
    • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 43 balls (Q de Kock 23, D Wiese 23, Ex 4)
    • South Africa: 100 runs in 16.2 overs (98 balls), Extras 6
    • Innings Break: South Africa – 122/8 in 20.0 overs (CH Morris 16)
    • West Indies innings
    • Powerplay: Overs 0.1 – 6.0 (Mandatory – 37 runs, 2 wickets)
    • West Indies: 50 runs in 8.5 overs (53 balls), Extras 6
    • West Indies: 100 runs in 16.2 overs (98 balls), Extras 8

 

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