West Indies vs South Africa, 4th T20I: Windies fightback levels Series 2-2
In another pulsating T20I between these two sides, the West Indies fought back against South Africa to level the Series 2-2 at the National Cricket Stadium, St. George's Grenada today.
West Indies vs South Africa, 4th T20I, South Africa tour of West Indies
West Indies 167/6 (20 ov)
South Africa 146/9 (20 ov)
Result - West Indies won by 21 runs
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Dwayne Bravo’s career-best figures of 4-19 led the West Indies to a sensational as the home side pulled off a series-levelling victory over South Africa in the fourth match of the CG Insurance Twenty20 International Series. Set a target of 168 after captain Kieron Pollard smashed an unbeaten 51 off 25 balls with five sixes and two fours to lift the West Indies to 167-6, the Proteas relied heavily on the consistent Quinton de Kock in their quest to clinch the contest ahead of the final match at the same venue. However, his dismissal to Bravo for a top score of 60 at the start of the 18th over was the champagne moment for the World T20 champions.
The effervescent all-rounder added two more victims in what was the final over of his allotment as South Africa finished 146-9 off their 20 overs. With the five-match rubber now evel 2-2, the last encounter of this tour will have the feel of a grand final on Saturday afternoon. Pollard’s match-winning innings and an unbroken seventh-wicket partnership of 66 with Fabien Allen (19 not out) were critical in giving the home side a fighting chance after they were put in to bat for the first time in the series.
It took the awesome power of Pollard, who helped to take 25 runs off the penultimate over of the innings from Kagiso Rabada, and the support of Allen to get the home team up to a score on par with South Africa’s three totals batting first earlier in the series.
Lendl Simmons got his team off to a blistering start, taking 20 runs off the opening over of the match from part-time spinner Aiden Markram. He set the early pace with an innings of 47 off 34 balls – which included 40 in boundaries – four fours and four sixes off 34 balls.
Captain Pollard won the CG Insurance Player-of-the-Match award and said: “I was just happy to be there at the end to make an important contribution. I must commend Bravo's effort with the ball as well, especially as he has faced a lot of unnecessary criticism with people saying he is too old now to be a productive member of this team.”
South Africa won the toss and decided to bowl against the Windies, who scored a competitive 167/6 in their 20 overs, mainly thanks to Lendl Simmons 47 and Kieron Pollard 51* - George Linde 2-16 and Tabraiz Shamsi 2-13 were the spin wizards with the ballfor the Proteas.
Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Evin Lewis - 2.1 ov), 2-32 (Chris Gayle - 3.3 ov), 3-63 (Shimron Hetmyer - 8.6 ov), 4-70 (Lendl Simmons - 10.5 ov), 5-89 (Nicholas Pooran - 13.3 ov), 6-101 (Andre Russell - 15.3 ov)
In the run chase, the Proteas never really got going and eventually found themselves 21 runs short of their target. Dwayne Bravo 4-19 was the star with the ball for the West Indies.
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Reeza Hendricks - 1.1 ov), 2-36 (Temba Bavuma - 4.2 ov), 3-62 (Aiden Markram - 9.1 ov), 4-75 (Rassie van der Dussen - 10.4 ov), 5-94 (David Miller - 13.3 ov), 6-110 (George Linde - 15.2 ov), 7-126 (Quinton de Kock - 17.1 ov), 8-126 (Tabraiz Shamsi - 17.3 ov), 9-127 (Lungi Ngidi - 17.6 ov)
West Indies - Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran(wk), Kieron Pollard(c), Andre Russell, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Obed McCoy, Fidel Edwards
South Africa - Quinton de Kock(wk), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma(c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi ,Lungi Ngidi
Start Time: 19:00
Toss: South Africa won the toss and decided to field
Venue: National Cricket Stadium, St. George's
Officials: Leslie Reifer, Patrick Gustard, Gregory Brathwaite, Joel Wilson, Richard Richardson
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