South Africa beat defending champions West Indies by 8 wickets in their T20 World Cup Super 12 Group 1 match on Today (26) Chasing West Indies’ 143, Rassie van der Dussen (43 not out) and Aiden Markram (51 not out) stitched an unbeaten 83-run stand to give South Africa a resounding win. Comprehensive win for South Africa
Excellent bowling performance by Proteas, Nortje, Maharaj and Pretorius were brilliant. Evin Lewis only batter who fired for West Indies. Simmons’ glacially slow innings will be a major Big Negative point on the West Indies side.Simmons’ score of 16 against is the second lowest by a batter who has faced 35+ balls in an ICC Men’s match.
South Africa bowled well to restrict the West Indies team to a score of 143 for 8 at the end of 20 overs after opting to field first. Even Lewis (56) got his team to a good start but the West Indian middle-order failed to get going and the likes of Chris Gayle (12), Nicholas Pooran (12), Andre Russell (5) and Kieron Pollard (26) failed to make any impression on a slow surface. Coming in to bat, South Africa lost their captain Temba Bavuma (2) early but Reeza Hendricks (39) at first and then later by Aiden Makram (51) ensured that there are no further hiccups to the run chase. Makram played a brilliant knock that helped the Proteas reach their target with 10 balls to spare. Akeal Hosein picked up the wicket of Hendricks while Bavuma fell short of his crease, courtesy a direct hit by Russell. Rassie van der Dussen (43) gave good support to Makram in an 83-run unbeaten stand
After the Match Windies Caption Kieron Pollard Said,
“Obviously just a matter that we haven’t scored enough runs. It’s disappointing today. I thought the first 6 overs, the end result of 43 without loss we would have taken that. We wanted to keep that momentum going but we lost a couple of wickets. It was a kind of stop start position. [On Simmons] These things happen, yes he got stuck. After 6 overs he was there and we wanted to bat a couple more overs without losing wickets. Having said that you are not going to get me here throwing my teammates under the bus. They’re trying. At the end of the day you saw Rassie came out and played the same for them. It was a disappointing total batting effort not getting 160 plus. Before we think about the net run-rate we’ve got to win first.” Kieron Pollard