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Darren Bravo century powers West Indies into finals

Kieron Pollard (left) and Darren Bravo (right) scored 62 and 102 respectively.
Kieron Pollard (left) and Darren Bravo (right) scored 62 and 102 respectively.
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West Indies 285 (Bravo 102) beat
South Africa 185 (Narine 3-28) by 100 runs
Ninth match, Tri-Series, Barbados

A 156-run stand for the fifth wicket between Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard laid the platform for West Indies' 100-run victory over South Africa in the ninth match of the tri-series in Barbados which ensured them a spot in the final along with Australia.

South Africa won the toss and elected to field first. The West Indies top order was found wanting once again as Andre Fletcher (8), Johnson Charles (4) and Marlon Samuels (0) were dismissed inside three overs.

Kagiso Rabada (3-31) went on to pick his third wicket after castling Denesh Ramdin (4) to leave the home side reeling at 21 for four.

Bravo (102) finally got going with a six and a boundary in the 11th over but a steady drizzle halted his progress for nearly 20 minutes.

On resumption, Bravo and Pollard (62) stepped up the accelerator to exert some pressure on the Proteas bowlers.

Pollard smashed a six and a four in the 15th over bowled by Morne Morkel (1-68) and plundered another three fours in the next over from Chris Morris (3-63).

Bravo brought his half-century with a crisp drive in the 19th over and moments later the 100-run stand came between the Trinidad pair. At the halfway mark, West Indies were 137 for four.

After adding 36 more runs in the next four overs, the partnership was broken after Morkel had Pollard caught at deep but not before he reached his ninth half-century.

Bravo brought his third ODI century with a six in the 35th over but the pressure was building at the other end as Jason Holder (40) took 17 deliveries to get off the mark.

Despite losing Bravo, cameos from Holder and Carlos Brathwaite (33 not out) helped West Indies post 285 in their innings.

South Africa got off to a horrendous start as they lost Quinton de Kock (6), Faf du Plessis (3), AB de Villiers (2), Hashim Amla (16) and JP Duminy (5) inside the 15 overs. It was Shannon Gabriel (3-19), who picked three of the five wickets.

With Sunil Narine (3-28) spinning viciously, apart from Farhaan Behardien (35), Wayne Parnell (28), Morkel (32 not out) and Imran Tahir (29), none of the other batsmen crossed the 20-run mark as South Africa were bowled out for 185.

The 100-run victory allowed West Indies to leapfrog South Africa to the second position in the points table and now will be locking horns with Australia in the final on Sunday. Bravo was adjudged the man of the match for his century.

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