South Africa wins as West Indies suffer second defeat – .

South Africa wins as West Indies suffer second defeat – .

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Dubai
Antilles 143-8 (20 overs): Lewis 56 (35); Praetorius 3-17
South Africa 144-2 (18.2 overs): Markram 51* (26), Van der Dussen 43* (51)
South Africa won by eight wickets

The defending champions West Indies are heading for an early exit from the T20 World Cup after a second straight complete loss.

Three days after being released for 55 by England, the West Indies saw South Africa claim an eight-wicket victory in Dubai.

The Proteas chased 144 with 10 balls to lose and claimed their first victory of the tournament.

However, the game will likely be remembered for the removal of South African wicket keeper Quinton de Kock after refusing to kneel.

The defeat forces the West Indies to win their last three Group 1 games and hope the results go elsewhere if they want to finish in the top two and advance to the semi-finals.

They will face Bangladesh in Sharjah on Friday, while South Africa meet Sri Lanka in the same venue on Sunday.

Aiden Markram hit the tournament’s fastest 50s, with 25 balls, to bring South Africa home.

He finished 51 unbeaten, adding an unbroken 83 for the third wicket with Rassie van der Dussen, who had an undefeated 43, against a powerless West Indian attack.

South Africa’s chase didn’t start off perfectly, with Andre Russell producing magic halfway through to take out captain Temba Bavuma for two as he attempted a simple risk in the first round.

But Markram combined ease and power, while Van der Dussen played the role of anchor, in a superbly paced chase.

The staff of the West Indies falters again

On paper, the West Indies batting lineup is terrifying, but it hasn’t clicked and they risk relinquishing their T20 crown within a week of the start of the Super 12 phase of the tournament.

After their humiliation by England amid a flurry of reckless fire, a change of approach was perhaps expected against South Africa.

Opener Lendl Simmons took it at face value. He pushed and pushed his way to 16 from 35 no-limit balls before falling to 14th.

Evin Lewis made up for Simmons’ dot-ball windfall and looked like he was hitting on another ground. He hit six sixes in his 56 35 balls, while captain Kieron Pollard made 26 of 20.

But the West Indies faltered thanks to the brilliant bowling of the deaths of Anrich Nortje and Dwaine Pretorius, who won 1-14 and 3-17 respectively as five wickets fell in the last four overs.

“A step in the right direction” – reaction

South African captain Temba Bavuma: “After the last game we knew there were areas we needed to improve in our game. Especially with the bat we needed to be more clinical and that’s a step in the right direction.

“Our bowlers have been fantastic lately and they’ve once again shown their skill and class. “

On Quinton de Kock: “Quinton is a great player for the team, not just with the bat, but the role he plays from a senior standpoint and from an experience standpoint. Not having this available to me as a captain was obviously something that I wasn’t looking forward to. “

Captain of the West Indies Kieron Pollard: ” I’m disappointed. We left around 20-25 points there when we hit, and that could have made a difference in how we finished because we got off to a pretty decent start.

“We have to dig deeper as a team. We need to dig deeper as a batting unit. We have to go out and hold our heads up and try to play a good game of cricket. ”


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