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West Indies vs South Africa, 1st T20I Commentary, Live Updates

WI vs SA, 2021 - T20 Live Commentary

West Indies vs South Africa Scorecard
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161/2 (15.0/20)
160/6 (20.0/20)
West Indies beat South Africa by 8 wickets
Okay - on that note from the big man, experience certainly made its presence felt. West Indies have thumped the Proteas in the start of a bumper home season. Watch out, South Africa. Also be prepared, Australia. And all the best, Pakistan. As far as the T20 World Cup is concerned, it is certainly looking at someone who can challenge these blokes. But let's not go that far. The second T20I is almost upon us, with less than 24 hours to go. Join us then again, on Sunday, 27th June, 2021 at 2 pm local (1800 GMT). You can catch how the white-ball leg of the multi-format Indian Women's tour of England goes about in Bristol. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious West Indies captain, Kieron Pollard, says that they got in a pretty good start. Credits his bowlers for executing the laid-out plans well. Is happy with the positive attitude shown by his batsmen. Calls Evin Lewis a very talented guy and details that he has been doing it for the last couple of years, so it is not actually a big surprise to see him perform well. Ends by saying that compared to the Test side, the white-ball unit is more experienced.
South African skipper, Temba Bavuma, starts by saying that they are disappointed. Stresses that they didn't want to start this way but assures that the Proteas will come back stronger on Sunday, with greater execution. Adds that it was a decent score but they were relying very heavily on bowlers. Admits that they didn't capitalise on their batting in the second half. Honestly says that they were expecting the Windies to come hard at them with the bat, stressing the Lewis-Fletcher stand. Ends by saying that the Saffas have to be more tactically sound and come back stronger in the next game.
EVIN LEWIS HAS BEEN NAMED THE PLAYER OF THE MATCH. Lewis says that he is always backing his ability. Adds that it was a nice pitch to bat and that he is a very confident guy, Further says, if the ball is in his arc, he'll have a go but if not, then he will be happy with the single. On possible thoughts of a century, Lewis says that he was indeed thinking about it. Ends by saying that the team should capitalize on this win and carry on.
... THE PRESENTATION ...
Earlier, after electing to bowl, West Indies produced a reasonable bowling display, with Fabian Allen choking the Proteas. For all the big hitting that the Windies are known about, very rarely do they get praised for their bowling skills. They do not have world-class bowlers but they certainly have smart cricketers who know their job well. Please stay tuned for the presentation.
The South African bowling attack wears a forlorn look. Only Tabraiz Shamsi bore respectable figures while Anrich Nortje escaped with just the 2 overs. The rest, just got a tour around the park.
South Africa never even got a chance to understand what was happening. Evin Lewis started his innings with a six and kept dealing in boundaries throughout. His 35-ball 71 had 11 hits to the fence, 7 of them crossing the ropes on the full. 58 of his 71 came in boundaries, with the remaining 13 taking him 23 balls! Andre Fletcher and Chris Gayle played their part while Andre Russell came and finished it off. But really, it was Lewis who was running the show.
Wow. Done and dusted with 5 overs to spare. Would even 200 have made any difference? Don't think so. And the likes of Pollard and Holder did not even come out to bat. Fearsome. Really fearsome batting line up.
End Of The Over 15 : 161/2
15 Runs
  • 114.1
  • 614.2
  • 114.3
  • 114.4
  • 014.5
  • 614.6
A. Russell
23 (12)
C. Gayle
32 (24)
L. Ngidi
3-0-46-0
14.6
6
Lungi Ngidi To Andre Russell
SIX! West Indies win by 8 wickets. A length ball, outside off. Andre Russell gets low and drags it over mid-wicket for a six.
14.5
0
Lungi Ngidi To Andre Russell
SWING AND A MISS! A back of a length ball, outside off. Russell slashes but misses.
14.4
1
Lungi Ngidi To Chris Gayle
Another short ball, on off. Gayle half-pulls it to mid-wicket for a single. Just 6 to win for West Indies.
14.3
1
Lungi Ngidi To Andre Russell
Short ball, on middle. Andre Russell pulls it on the toes towards square leg for a single.
14.2
6
Lungi Ngidi To Andre Russell
SIX! Smashed! Full ball, on middle. Andre Russell gets low and slogs it over mid-wicket for a biggie. That's gone on the second tier.
14.1
1
Lungi Ngidi To Chris Gayle
Eased down to mid-wicket for a single.
Change. Lungi Ngidi is back into the action.
End Of The Over 14 : 146/2
16 Runs
  • 613.1
  • 1 WD13.2
  • 413.2
  • 013.3
  • 113.4
  • 013.5
  • 413.6
A. Russell
10 (8)
C. Gayle
30 (22)
G. Linde
2-0-24-0
13.6
4
George Linde To Andre Russell
FOUR! Whacked! Tosses it up, on middle. Russell goes on knee and slogs it between mid-wicket and square leg for a boundary.
13.5
0
George Linde To Andre Russell
Outside off. Punched off the back foot to covers.
13.4
1
George Linde To Chris Gayle
Goes for the pull again, but mistimes it in the vacant square region for a single.
13.3
0
George Linde To Chris Gayle
Loopy ball, on middle. Driven to mid on.
13.2
4
George Linde To Chris Gayle
FOUR! 20 runs more to win! Goes fuller, on off. Gayle heaves it over the bowler's head towards long on for a boundary.
13.2
wd
George Linde To Chris Gayle
WIDE! Goes over the wicket and spills this over the tramline outside off.
13.1
6
George Linde To Chris Gayle
SIX! Smoked! Short ball, on middle. Gayle rocks back and whacks it over mid-wicket for a biggie.
George Linde is back into the action.
End Of The Over 13 : 130/2
6 Runs
  • 612.1
  • 012.2
  • 012.3
  • 012.4
  • 012.5
  • 012.6
A. Russell
6 (6)
C. Gayle
19 (18)
K. Rabada
3-0-32-0
12.6
0
Kagiso Rabada To Andre Russell
Good comeback by Kagiso Rabada after getting hit for the six! Short ball, outside off. Russ misses his pull.
12.5
0
Kagiso Rabada To Andre Russell
4 dots on the trot! Good comeback from Rabada. Another slower short ball, outside off. Russ misses his pull.
12.4
0
Kagiso Rabada To Andre Russell
3 dots on the trot! Another short ball, slower, outside off. Andre Russell misses his pull.
12.3
0
Kagiso Rabada To Andre Russell
Again same line, same length. Andre Russell misses his pull.
12.2
0
Kagiso Rabada To Andre Russell
Another short ball, outside off. Russell looks to pull but misses.
12.1
6
Kagiso Rabada To Andre Russell
SIX! What a way to get underway! That's out of the ground! Short ball, on middle. Andre Russell whacks it over square leg for a biggie.
End Of The Over 12 : 124/2
10 Runs
  • 111.1
  • 611.2
  • 111.3
  • 1 WD11.4
  • 111.4
  • W11.5
  • 011.6
C. Gayle
19 (18)
A. Russell
0 (0)
T. Shamsi
4-0-27-1
11.6
0
Tabraiz Shamsi To Chris Gayle
On middle. Blocked out.
Andre Russell is the new man in.
11.5
W
Tabraiz Shamsi To Evin Lewis OUT!
OUT! CAUGHT! Evin Lewis departs for a well-made 71 of just 35 balls! Might have done his job! A loopy ball, on middle. Evin Lewis looks to go downtown but gets the toe end of the bat. The ball lobs in the air towards long off where David Miller runs back and takes a wonderful catch. Both set batsmen gone. Do South Africa have a glimmer of hope? West Indies need 37 from 49 balls.
11.4
1
Tabraiz Shamsi To Chris Gayle
Cut down to sweeper cover for a single.
11.4
wd
Tabraiz Shamsi To Chris Gayle
WIDE! Shamsi spills it down the leg side. Gale looks to paddle it but misses.
11.3
1
Tabraiz Shamsi To Evin Lewis
On middle. Lewis paddles it to square leg for one.
11.2
6
Tabraiz Shamsi To Evin Lewis
SIX! Banged! Floated ball, on middle. Lewis gets on knee and slogs it over mid-wicket for a biggie.
11.1
1
Tabraiz Shamsi To Chris Gayle
CHANCE! A loopy ball, outside off. Gayle cuts it to point and runs across. The fielder collects the ball and has a shy at the striker's end and appeals for the run out. It is referred upstairs but replays show that de Kock dislodged the bails before the throw came! Costly, costly miss.
End Of The Over 11 : 114/1
21 Runs
  • 610.1
  • 610.2
  • 110.3
  • 010.4
  • 610.5
  • 210.6
E. Lewis
64 (32)
C. Gayle
17 (15)
R. Hendricks
1-0-21-0
10.6
2
Reeza Hendricks To Evin Lewis
In the air but safe! Another loopy ball, outside off. Lewis looks to go over the covers but doesn't middle it. The ball rolls over in the air and in the vacant cover region. Two taken.
10.5
6
Reeza Hendricks To Evin Lewis
SIX! Dispatched! 19 already off this over! Floated on middle. Lewis stands tall and lofts it straight down the ground for a biggie.
10.4
0
Reeza Hendricks To Evin Lewis
Tossed up, outside off. Lewis cuts it to the point fielder.
10.3
1
Reeza Hendricks To Chris Gayle
Outside off. Dabbed to point for one.
10.2
6
Reeza Hendricks To Chris Gayle
SIX! Back-to-back sixes! Short ball, around middle and leg. Gayle stands tall and pulls it over mid-wicket for a biggie.
Change. Reeza Hendricks is into the action.
10.1
6
Reeza Hendricks To Chris Gayle
SIX! The Universe Boss has arrived! Floated on middle. Gayle lofts it over the bowler's head for a biggie.
End Of The Over 10 : 93/1
3 Runs
  • 09.1
  • 09.2
  • 19.3
  • 19.4
  • 09.5
  • 19.6
C. Gayle
4 (12)
E. Lewis
56 (29)
T. Shamsi
3-0-17-0
9.6
1
Tabraiz Shamsi To Chris Gayle
Fuller ball, on off. Tapped to point.
9.5
0
Tabraiz Shamsi To Chris Gayle
Flatter, on off. Pushed to covers.
9.4
1
Tabraiz Shamsi To Evin Lewis
Fractionally short, on middle. Lewis punches it off the back foot to covers for a single.
9.3
1
Tabraiz Shamsi To Chris Gayle
Loopy ball, on off. Gayle pushes it to covers and takes a single.
9.2
0
Tabraiz Shamsi To Chris Gayle
BEATEN! Googly, on middle. Gayle lunges forward to defend but gets beaten on the outside edge.
9.1
0
Tabraiz Shamsi To Chris Gayle
On middle. Pushed to covers.
End Of The Over 9 : 90/1
2 Runs
  • 08.1
  • 18.2
  • 08.3
  • 08.4
  • 18.5
  • 08.6
E. Lewis
55 (28)
C. Gayle
2 (7)
A. Nortje
2-0-10-0
8.6
0
Anrich Nortje To Evin Lewis
Length ball, on middle. Blocked out.
8.5
1
Anrich Nortje To Chris Gayle
Fuller and on the pads. Gayle flicks it to square leg for a single.
8.4
0
Anrich Nortje To Chris Gayle
On a length ball, outside off. Gayle taps it to point.
8.3
0
Anrich Nortje To Chris Gayle
Length ball, outside off. Gayle leaves it alone for the keeper to collect.
8.2
1
Anrich Nortje To Evin Lewis
Full ball, on middle. Driven to mid on for a single.
8.1
0
Anrich Nortje To Evin Lewis
Fuller, outside off. This is driven to covers.
Change. Anrich Nortje is back.
End Of The Over 8 : 88/1
4 Runs
  • 1 WDW7.1
  • 17.1
  • 07.2
  • 07.3
  • 17.4
  • 17.5
  • 07.6
C. Gayle
1 (4)
E. Lewis
54 (25)
T. Shamsi
2-0-14-0
7.6
0
Tabraiz Shamsi To Chris Gayle
Landed outside off, Gayle err... lets it go!
7.5
1
Tabraiz Shamsi To Evin Lewis
Short, outside off, cut through point for one more.
7.4
1
Tabraiz Shamsi To Chris Gayle
Fuller, around middle, Chris Gayle pushes it towards long off for a single to get off the mark.
7.3
0
Tabraiz Shamsi To Chris Gayle
This is around middle, nudged to the leg side.
7.2
0
Tabraiz Shamsi To Chris Gayle
Floated, around off, defended watchfully.
7.1
1
Tabraiz Shamsi To Evin Lewis
Outside off, punched towards sweeper cover for a single.
Who comes in now? Universe Boss? You bet. Chris Gayle is in the middle.
7.1
W+wd
Tabraiz Shamsi To Andre Fletcher OUT!
OUT! RUN OUT OFF A WIDE! The Proteas finally break the opening partnership of 86. And good awareness by Ngidi as well! This is bowled on the pads, Fletcher makes room and looks to sweep but misses. The ball spins away and rolls to Lungi Ngidi at short fine leg. Now, Fletcher is looking at the ball and by that time, Lewis has aready called him through for the run. Fletcher starts to run now, but by then, Ngidi has fired a throw at the bowler's end. It hits the stumps and the run out appeal is referred upstairs. Replays show that Fletcher's bat is short! Perhaps a bit late, but a breakthrough nevertheless. West Indies need 75 more from 78 balls.
End Of The Over 7 : 84/0
11 Runs
  • 16.1
  • 16.2
  • 16.3
  • 26.4
  • 66.5
  • 06.6
E. Lewis
52 (23)
A. Fletcher
30 (19)
L. Ngidi
2-0-31-0
6.6
0
Lungi Ngidi To Evin Lewis
Around off, pushed to the bowler.
6.5
6
Lungi Ngidi To Evin Lewis
SIX! What a way to bring up your 50 and that too in just 22 balls! A fuller ball, on middle. Evin Lewis lofts it straight down the ground for a biggie. Will want to see his side home now.
6.4
2
Lungi Ngidi To Evin Lewis
Overthrows! Fuller, on off. Lewis squeezes it out to mid-wicket. Now, Andre Fletcher wants the second, but is sent back. The fielder, Temba Bavuma comes charging in and fires a throw to the keeper, Quinton de Kock. However, de Kock fails to collect and the ball hits the stumps. That causes a deflection to the other side and the batsmen take the second.
6.3
1
Lungi Ngidi To Andre Fletcher
Eased down to long on for a single.
6.2
1
Lungi Ngidi To Evin Lewis
Another length ball, outside off. Lewis cuts it to sweeper cover for a single.
6.1
1
Lungi Ngidi To Andre Fletcher
Length ball, outside off. Dabs it to third man for a single.
End Of The Over 6 : 73/0
10 Runs
  • 05.1
  • 05.2
  • 45.3
  • 45.4
  • 05.5
  • 1 WD5.6
  • 15.6
A. Fletcher
28 (17)
E. Lewis
43 (19)
T. Shamsi
1-0-10-0
5.6
1
Tabraiz Shamsi To Andre Fletcher
Loopy ball, on middle. Andre Fletcher flicks it to mid-wicket and takes a single. End of the Powerplay, West Indies are 73-0.
Lungi Ngidi will start the post-Powerplay session. The first 6 overs were full of brute power. 1-0-20-0 for Ngidi so far.
5.6
wd
Tabraiz Shamsi To Andre Fletcher
WIDE! Spills it down the leg side. Andre Fletcher misses his flick. Wide called.
5.5
0
Tabraiz Shamsi To Andre Fletcher
Darted on the pads. This is flicked to mid-wicket.
5.4
4
Tabraiz Shamsi To Andre Fletcher
FOUR! Consecutive boundaries! Another loopy ball, outside off. Fletcher lofts it towards the vacant cover region for a boundary
5.3
4
Tabraiz Shamsi To Andre Fletcher
FOUR! Well Played! Loopy ball, outside off. Andre Fletcher drives it through covers for a boundary.
5.2
0
Tabraiz Shamsi To Andre Fletcher
Darted on the pads. This is flicked on the leg side.
5.1
0
Tabraiz Shamsi To Andre Fletcher
Flatter and outside off. Andre Fletcher cuts it straight to the point fielder.
Spin started the Powerplay, spin will end it. Here's Tabraiz Shamsi.
End Of The Over 5 : 63/0
11 Runs
  • 64.1
  • 44.2
  • 04.3
  • 14.4
  • 04.5
  • 04.6
E. Lewis
43 (19)
A. Fletcher
19 (11)
K. Rabada
2-0-26-0
4.6
0
Kagiso Rabada To Evin Lewis
On middle. Defended out on the off side.
4.5
0
Kagiso Rabada To Evin Lewis
Fuller ball, outside off. Lewis smashes it towards the mid on fielder, Temba Bavuma, who sees Fletcher out of his line and has a shy at the bowler's end and hits the stumps. The run out appeal is taken upstairs but replays show that Fletcher had his bat down in time when the bails went off.
4.4
1
Kagiso Rabada To Andre Fletcher
Fuller ball, outside off. Andre Fletcher drags it to mid off for a single.
4.3
0
Kagiso Rabada To Andre Fletcher
Short ball, on middle. Ducked under.
4.2
4
Kagiso Rabada To Andre Fletcher
FOUR! Shot of the day! A fuller length delivery, outside off. Andre Fletcher drives it on one knee, through point for four.
4.1
6
Kagiso Rabada To Andre Fletcher
SIX! Hammered! The pounding continues. Short ball, on middle. Fletcher pulls it towards the square leg fence, where Reeza Hendricks leaps for the catch, almost takes it but then falls over the ropes. Would have been an absolute stunner.
Kagiso Rabada is swung around. Went for 15 from the other end in his opener.
End Of The Over 4 : 52/0
20 Runs
  • 43.1
  • 43.2
  • 03.3
  • 03.4
  • 63.5
  • 63.6
E. Lewis
43 (17)
A. Fletcher
8 (7)
L. Ngidi
1-0-20-0
3.6
6
Lungi Ngidi To Evin Lewis
SIX! Don't bowl short to Evin Lewis, he will dispatched everything in that arc. Another short delivery, on middle. Lewis smokes it in front of square on the leg side for a six. Big over for West Indies, 20 off it!
3.5
6
Lungi Ngidi To Evin Lewis
SIX! Another short ball, another boundary! Stand-and-deliver stuff from Evin Lewis! A short ball, on off. Lewis stands tall and pulls it over mid-wicket for a biggie.
3.4
0
Lungi Ngidi To Evin Lewis
SWING AND A MISS! Tad fuller, outside off. Lewis swings his blade but misses to connect it.
3.3
0
Lungi Ngidi To Evin Lewis
Ouch! That must be hurting to Evin Lewis! A pacy length delivery, on middle. Lewis looks to pull but misses. The ball rolls through and hits Lewis on the box. He is in agony and the physio is out for a quick check-up.
3.2
4
Lungi Ngidi To Evin Lewis
FOUR! Consecutive boundaries! A back of a length ball, on leg. Lewis helps it past short fine leg for another boundary.
3.1
4
Lungi Ngidi To Evin Lewis
FOUR! Welcome into the attack, says Evin Lewis! A fuller ball, on middle. Lewis drives it uppishly but wide of mid on for a boundary.
Lungi Ngidi is into the action. 4th different bowler in 4 overs.
End Of The Over 3 : 32/0
9 Runs
  • 12.1
  • 62.2
  • 02.3
  • 12.4
  • 02.5
  • 1 LB2.6
E. Lewis
23 (11)
A. Fletcher
8 (7)
A. Nortje
1-0-8-0
2.6
lb
Anrich Nortje To Evin Lewis
LEG BYE! Full ball, on leg. 150 kph. Lewis misses his flick. The ball rolls over to the leg side and a leg bye is taken.
2.5
0
Anrich Nortje To Evin Lewis
Full and on middle. Lewis flicks it to mid-wicket.
2.4
1
Anrich Nortje To Andre Fletcher
Another fuller length delivery, outside off. Fletcher chops it wide of short third man for a single.
2.3
0
Anrich Nortje To Andre Fletcher
Fuller and on off. Andre Fletcher taps it to short third man.
2.2
6
Anrich Nortje To Andre Fletcher
SIX! Fletcher joins the party as well! A back of a length ball, on off. Fletcher pulls it over mid-wicket for a six.
2.1
1
Anrich Nortje To Evin Lewis
Back of a length and on off, Lewis guides it through point for one.
Anrich Nortje is into the action now.
End Of The Over 2 : 23/0
15 Runs
  • 01.1
  • 01.2
  • 41.3
  • 41.4
  • 61.5
  • 11.6
E. Lewis
22 (8)
A. Fletcher
1 (4)
K. Rabada
1-0-15-0
1.6
1
Kagiso Rabada To Evin Lewis
Fuller and on middle. This is driven to mid on for a quick single. 15 off the over.
1.5
6
Kagiso Rabada To Evin Lewis
SIX! Dispatched! Another short ball, on middle. Evin Lewis gets on top of the bounce and pulls it over square leg for a biggie.
1.4
4
Kagiso Rabada To Evin Lewis
FOUR! Consecutive boundaries! Length ball, around leg. Lewis tickles it past short fine leg for a boundary.
1.3
4
Kagiso Rabada To Evin Lewis
FOUR! Fearless!  A length ball, outside off. Picks up the length quickly, gets into position and pulls it to mid-wicket for a boundary.
1.2
0
Kagiso Rabada To Evin Lewis
A good length ball, on middle. Lewis blocks it out.
1.1
0
Kagiso Rabada To Evin Lewis
Starts with a quick short ball, on middle. Evin Lewis looks to pull but connects with thin air.
Who will bowl from the other end? It is Kagiso Rabada.
End Of The Over 1 : 8/0
8 Runs
  • 00.1
  • 00.2
  • 00.3
  • 10.4
  • 60.5
  • 10.6
E. Lewis
7 (2)
A. Fletcher
1 (4)
G. Linde
1-0-8-0
0.6
1
George Linde To Evin Lewis
Around off, Lewis pushes it through mid off to end the over with a run.
0.5
6
George Linde To Evin Lewis
SIX! PUMMELED! There goes Lewis. Boy, he does not even need a sighter. Short, around middle and leg, Evin Lewis rocks back and pulls it over mid-wicket! 154 more needed from 115 balls.
0.4
1
George Linde To Andre Fletcher
Flatter and fuller outside off, Fletcher pushes it to point this time and crosses over for a single. West Indies and the run chase are underway.
0.3
0
George Linde To Andre Fletcher
Fractionally short, outside off, slapped straight to point.
0.2
0
George Linde To Andre Fletcher
On middle and leg, Andre Fletcher nudges it to the leg side.
0.1
0
George Linde To Andre Fletcher
Fuller, around middle, a bit of flight, respectfully pushed back to the bowler.
Match Info
  • Venue National Cricket Stadium, St George's, Grenada
  • Weather Overcast
  • Toss West Indieswon the toss and elected to field
  • Result West Indies beat South Africa by 8 wickets
  • Player of the Match Evin Lewis
  • Umpire Leslie Reifer (WI), Patrick Gustard (WI) and Nigel Duguid (WI)
  • Referee Sir Richie Richardson (WI)
Match Notes
  • Innings Break: South Africa 160/6 in 20.0 overs
  • van der Dussen 5th T20I fifty: 50 runs in 34 balls (3x4) (2x6)
  • South Africa 153/6 in 19.1 overs
  • South Africa 100/3 in 12.0 overs
  • Rain Stoppage: South Africa 74/2 in 8.4 overs
  • Referral 1 (7.1 ovs): WI against van der Dussen (LBW) Unsuccessful (WI: 1, SA: 2)
  • Rain Stoppage: South Africa 63/2 in 7.1 overs
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): South Africa 53/1
  • South Africa 51/1 in 5.4 overs
  • West Indies 153/2 in 14.2 overs
  • West Indies 105/1 in 10.2 overs
  • E Lewis 7th T20I fifty: 52 runs in 22 balls (4x4) (5x6)
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): West Indies 73/0
  • 1st wkt Partnership: 52 off 24 balls between A Fletcher (8) and E Lewis (43)
  • West Indies 52/0 in 4.0 overs
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PlayerRunsAvg.
Quinton de Kock SA25551.00
Evin Lewis WI17835.60
Aiden Markram SA11337.66
Rassie van der Dussen SA9724.25
Reeza Hendricks SA7819.50
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Dwayne Bravo WI106.89
Obed McCoy WI97.10
Tabraiz Shamsi SA74.00
Kagiso Rabada SA79.44
George Linde SA67.81