SAvWI T20I: South Africa wins a thriller by 1 run
Brilliant leg-spin bowling by Tabraiz Shamsi who took 2 /13 off only 4 overs and an outstanding 19th over by Anrich Nortje in which he gave away only 4 runs with only 19 needed off final two, took South Africa to a sensational 1 run win over West Indies in the 3rd T20I helping the visitors to an unexpected 2-1 series lead against all odds. SAvWI T20I: South Africa wins a thriller by 1 run, takes 2-1 series lead.
South Africa scored 167/8 in 20 overs batting first on an increasingly sluggish pitch with the ball not really coming to bat. Hendricks (17) and Dekock took advantage of the powerplay, playing scintillating shots. Markram (23) made a crucial contribution and Van Dussen played well for his 32. DeKock looked in flowing touch earlier but had to fight for runs later on. His superb 72 off 51 balls was laced with 2 sixes and 5 fours. With Miller(2) still going through a bad trot, the Proteas set a target of 168 to the home side. For West Indies, McCoy was again the most impressive bowler with 4/22 and Bravo took 3/25.
West Indies were off to an explosive start with Lendl Simmons (22) and Evin Lewis (27) knocking the runs quickly but were halt by the spinners Linde and Shamsi. Holder (16) and Hetmyer (17) could not make good their brisk starts and Pollard(1) was knock over by Rabada. It was left to Nicholas Pooran and Andre Russell to close out the match with West Indies still in control of the asking rate. Russell hit an explosive 25 off 16 with 3 sixes till he was superbly caught in the deep by Markram off Nortje on the last ball of 17th over. It was a crucial wicket but with 28 to get in the last 3 overs and with Pooran batting, West Indies was still in control.
9 runs came off 18th over bowled by Ngidi needing only 19 off last 2 overs but Nortje bowled a superb 19th over getting Pooran (27) out and giving away only 4 runs and with 15 required of Rabada’s last over, runs were hard to come by before Allen hit a final ball six to reach within 2 runs of the target and South Africa won by 1 run in a nail-biting finish .
Shamsi for his excellent bowling was the man of the match.
South Africa won by 1 run
RSA 167/8 (20 Ovs)
de Kock(wk) 72(51)
van der Dussen 32(24)
Obed McCoy 4/22
Dwayne Bravo 3/25
WI 166/7 (20 Ovs)