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South Africa survive West Indies scare, knock out co-hosts to book berth in T20 World Cup semis

South Africa survive West Indies scare, knock out co-hosts to book berth in T20 World Cup semis

South Africa secured a berth in the T20 World Cup semi-finals after securing a nail-biting 3-wicket victory over West Indies in a rain hit Super 8 tie

South Africa clinched a three-wicket win against West Indies to book their berth in the T20 World Cup semi-final. With this loss, the co-hosts have been knocked out of the tournament despite having a stellar run so far. England and South Africa have now qualified for the semis from Group 2 of the Super 8 stage.

South Africa hold nerves to book semis berth

Chasing a 136-run target, South Africa were put on backfoot after their openers Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks were dismissed cheaply by Andre Russell. Rain halted the play for a while soon after, forcing the target to be revised to 123 runs as per the DLS method with only three overs lost.

Skipper Aiden Markram resumed the run-chase for the Proteas in a dominant fashion, only to perish after scoring just 18 runs. Tristian Stubbs (29) and Heinrich Klaasen (22) led South Africa’s fight back, while the Windies bowlers kept striking regularly to mount pressure on the opposition.

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Despite losing David Miller (4) cheaply, the Proteas managed to pull off a successful run-chase, with Marci Jansen (21) and Rabada ensuring the side secured a victory with five balls to spare.

West Indies batters falter

Put in to bat first after losing the toss, West Indies got off to an awful start in their Super 8 tie against SA. After losing Nicholas Pooran and Shai Hope for single digit scores, Roston Chase and Kyle Myers played slow-paced knocks to steady the ship for the co-hosts. Chase went on to capitalize on a dropped catch to go on to score a half-century.

The rest of the line-up crumbled as the Proteas bowlers struck at regular intervals. Tabraiz Shamsi bagged three wickets as SA managed to restrict WI to 135 runs in 20 overs. In reply, Andre Russel took out both the SA openers before rain stopped play.

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