SA v WI T20Is: Poor batting by South Africa allows West Indies to level series 2-2
South African batting mediocrity allowed the West Indies to level the series to set up a grand finale in the final game of the T20I 5 match series. SA v WI T20Is: Poor batting by South Africa allows West Indies to level series 2-2.
Batting first the hosts started off superbly with 20 runs in the opening over of Markram as Lendl Simmons (47) took full toll. However, the Proteas bowling attack did extremely well to reduce the hosts to 101/6 with only 5 overs remaining and none of the big names like Gayle, Pooran, Heytmer, Lewis & Russell firing. The South African spinners Linde (2/16) and Shamsi (2/13) were outstanding, totally choking the hosts in the middle overs.
However, the skipper came to the party as he played his typically explosive knock to totally change the momentum of the match. Pollard was ruthless particularly on Rabada as the 19th over went for 25 including 3 sixes over fine leg and midwicket. It was brutal hitting at its best. The final over went for 18 with Fabian Allen (19) doing his bit. However, it was Pollard’s unbeaten 51 off just 25 balls which almost singlehandedly took South Africa to 167/6 with 43 runs coming off the last 2 overs.
Chasing 168, the South African batting looked totally out of sorts with only De Kock (60) playing a lone hand. The middle-order totally failed to support De Kock and Miller who was supposed to be South Africa’s biggest finisher continued his poor run in the series.
West Indies bowling suffered a major blow with Fabian Allen injuring his shoulder but Andre Russell chipped in with 2/30 and encouragingly bowled his full quota of overs while Dwayne Bravo (4/19) continued his great bowling form with his skilful variations. Even Chris Gayle (1/11) got a wicket getting opener Reeza Hendricks stumped cheaply followed by exciting celebrations.
Pollard for his match-turning knock was the man of the match.
West Indies won by 21 runs
WI 167/6 (20 Ovs)
RSA 146/9 (20 Ovs)
de Kock(wk) 60(43)
Dwayne Bravo 4/19