World T20: West Indies Beat South Africa To Seal Spot in Semi-Finals
West Indies held their nerve to defeat South Africa by three wickets in Nagpur to qualify for the semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20.
West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl first on a sluggish pitch and they struck immediately by removing Hashim Amla for 1. (Picture credit: AFP)
Andre Russell got the wicket of Faf du Plessis as South Africa struggled on a slow pitch.
Chris Gayle, who had not bowled in Twenty20 Internationals since 2014, got the wicket of Rillee Rossouw for 0.
However, Dwayne Bravo got the massive wicket of AB de Villiers when he bowled him for 10 with a slower ball.
Quinton de Kock was the only batsman who got the measure of the pitch as he hung in to play a solid knock.
De Kock shared a 50-run stand with David Wiese as South Africa aimed to rebuild.
However, De Kock missed out on a fifty as he was bowled by Russell for 47. South Africa ended up on 122/8.
West Indies had bowled well and gave themselves a good chance on this sluggish Nagpur wicket.
Chris Gayle was the main threat for South Africa but Kagiso Rabada bowled him with an inswinging delivery for 4.
Marlon Samuels played a gritty knock as he got West Indies close to the line.
However, South Africa kept chipping away at regular intervals as they put up a fight.
Imran Tahir struck twice in the 18th over by dismissing Andre Russell and Darren Sammy in quick succession.
With 20 runs needed off 12 balls, it seemed like South Africa would pull off a great escape.
However, Carlos Brathwaite struck a big six off Rabada and Denesh Ramdin scored the winning runs when Hashim Amla dropped a catch at point. West Indies won the match by three wickets.
West Indies entered the semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 while for South Africa, they will need other results going their way if they have to qualify for the semi-finals.