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South Africa Secure Semi-Final Berth with Nail-Biting Win Over West Indies

South Africa Secure Semi-Final Berth with Nail-Biting Win Over West Indies

The Proteas have done it again! In a thrilling clash at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, South Africa edged out the West Indies to secure their spot in the semi-finals of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. In a game that had you on the edge of your seat, the Proteas triumphed with just five balls to spare, keeping their unbeaten streak alive.

Match Overview

It all started with South Africa winning the toss and opting to field. This decision paid off almost immediately. Marco Jansen set the tone by dismissing Shai Hope for a first-ball duck. The Proteas were off to a flying start, and it looked like they were in control early on.

 

However, the West Indies, known for their resilience, fought back. Roston Chase and Kyle Mayers put up a commendable fight during the Powerplay, recovering from early setbacks. The Windies reached 47/2 after six overs, with Mayers hitting a couple of stunning sixes.

 

Despite a shaky start and an unfortunate collision between Jansen and Kagiso Rabada on the boundary, which temporarily halted play, the West Indies managed to post a total of 135/8. This gave the Proteas a reasonable target on a fair batting surface.

Chasing Drama

Chasing under seven runs an over, South Africa looked in a hurry, particularly with lightning in the area threatening a weather-affected finish. But the chase wasn’t straightforward. Andre Russell struck early, removing Reeza Hendricks and Quinton de Kock in quick succession, and rain then interrupted play.

 

After a lengthy delay, the revised target under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method was set at 123 off 17 overs. Tristan Stubbs and Heinrich Klaassen put South Africa in a strong position, but the game was far from over.

 

The West Indies continued to fight, with Alzarri Joseph and Roston Chase picking up crucial wickets. With 13 runs needed off the last two overs, the match was on a knife’s edge.

The Climactic Finish

Jansen and Rabada, the two who had earlier collided in the field, were at the crease with everything to play for. With five runs needed off the last over, Jansen sealed the deal with a huge six off the first ball, securing a dramatic victory for the Proteas.

 

South Africa’s win wasn’t just a testament to their skill but also their ability to remain composed under pressure. This victory ensures their progression to the semi-finals, maintaining their unbeaten record in the tournament.

Match Highlights:

– Marco Jansen’s early breakthroughs

– Roston Chase’s fighting 52 off 42 balls

– Stunning fielding effort by Anrich Nortje

– Rain interruption and the revised DLS target

– Tristan Stubbs and Heinrich Klaassen’s crucial partnership

– Jansen’s six to clinch the match