Recent Match Report – South Africa vs West Indies 5th Q20I 2021 – .

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Recent Match Report – South Africa vs West Indies 5th Q20I 2021 – .


South Africa 168 for 4 (Markram 70, Edwards 2-19) defeated Antilles 143 for 9 (Lewis 52, Ngidi 3-32) by 25 races
South Africa won their first T20I series since March 2019, and the first of six series, successfully defending the highest total of the five-game series against West Indies in Granada. The victory earns coach Mark Boucher and captain Temba Bavuma their first T20I trophy and means South Africa will leave the Caribbean triumphant in the Test and T20I series.

After choosing to strike first, South Africa posted 168 for 4 thanks in large part to Quinton de Kock’s continued excellence and acceleration in the intermediates. De Kock referred to their third consecutive half-century of the series and saw South Africa through a 49-point Powerplay and most of the period between the 7th and 15th, in which they scored 89 points at 9.66. He gathered 128 for the second wicket with Aiden Markram, who had the best score with 70.

This turned out to be the difference against a failed West Indian formation. Tabraiz Shamsi made his most economical effort (four overs for 11 points) while Kagiso Rabada and Wiaan Mulder conceded less than eight points to ensure the West Indies could not keep up with the required scoring rate. Notably, South Africa rebalanced their team to make sure they had six frontline bowling options, including a versatile game of bowling, and that the strategic change was working well.

South Africa have now won three of the 11 T20I series where the final match was indeed decisive. Meanwhile, the West Indies have won just three of their last 10 T20I series, one against Bangladesh and two against Sri Lanka.

Highest partnership in the series

South Africa tried a different combination in the top three for this game and although Temba Bavuma’s promotion to open the stick didn’t work, Markram made a strong case for being seen as Quinton’s permanent partner. by Kock. The pair’s 128-run stand, the highest in the series for each side, laid the groundwork for a total of over 180.

De Kock and Markram both raised half centuries; de Kock was his third in the series and Markram his fourth in nine T20Is. Impressively, they both scored all around the pitch, with Markram’s 70 runs, an equal split of 35 each on and side, with limits including his signature cover workout, cut and overhead shots in the. “V”.

De Kock was stronger at the wicket square, with 28 points offside and 32 on the side of the legs and limits mostly on offside, save for the efforts of Andre Russell and Akeal Hosein for his two sixes. De Kock’s 225 points are also the best by an individual hitter in a two-way series.

Slowdown

While South Africa would have been happy to keep things moving during the intermediates, their concerns about the finishers remain. They have only scored 32 points in the last five overs and lost both Markram and Rassie van der Dussen at that point. David Miller posted his best score of the series but didn’t seem fully confident and faced 14 balls before his only limit.

Van der Dussen beat lower than usual, at No.5, and was only needed in 17th, which didn’t give him the time he would have liked to settle down. Mulder didn’t look in control either with his only limit coming from a lower edge. Overall, South Africa’s scoring rate in the last four overs of the series was 6.95, while the West Indies scored 11.43 points in the same span.

Lewis leads for the West Indies

True to form, Evin Lewis cleared the limit on the third ball of the West Indian response when he struck left arm spinner Bjorn Fortuin over his head. It set off a sensational start for the hosts; Lewis would hit two more sixes and five fours in his right T20I fifty, on just 30 balls.

It was the second slowest fifty of Lewis T20I’s career, after his fifty-four ball against Pakistan in 2017. All of his other fifty-five ball scores came in 26 balls or less. It may not sound entirely disappointing, but Lewis would not have been happy with when and how he was fired. In the 10th, Lewis mis-synchronized a six-shot from Ngidi for a long time and was caught by Markram well inside the limit.

The lost West Indian plot

South Africa kept the West Indies under control in Powerplay with notable efforts on the ground like Lungi Ngidi’s full dive in the short term to stop a Lendl SIMmond movie that was meant for four and Temba Bavuma’s dive. in the middle of the wicket to intercept a fierce Shoot Lewis. But they also gave up on a few chances, some more difficult than others.

Tabraiz Shamsi couldn’t hang on to a recovery in his follow-up from the leading edge of Shimron Hetmyer or the opportunity offered by Hetmyer when he threw a full throw from Mulder and sent the ball whirling in the third. short man. Mulder did get his reward on the next two balls, however. Markram retained a mere long-term chance to return a Hamstring Pollard before taking a low dive to the point of returning Andre Russell for a first ball duck.

Mulder’s third pass took the West Indies from 103 for 3 to 112 for 5 and gave them 57 points over the last five overs to win. The West Indies stayed in the chase for a bit until Bavuma snatched Dwayne Bravo’s slice from Kagiso Rabada out of the sky to almost secure the series for South Africa. Bavuma judged the catch perfectly, as he did a lot of ground point to point and took it clean to end a good day on the pitch.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s correspondent in South Africa

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