WI vs SA: South Africa beat West Indies by 16 runs to register a series leveling win 1-1 in the second T20I at the National Cricket Stadium on Sunday. The Proteas roared back & gave a fitting reply to their loss in the first T20I by defeating Windies by a narrow 16 runs margin in the second T20I. The defeat in the second T20I was not less than a reality checker for the confident home side who will look forward to rectifying the mistakes they have done in the second T20I.
Moving to the second T20I, South Africa could score just 166/7 in the second T20I as they once again struggled to score runs on the slow pitch in the second T20I. Quinton De Kock’s 26 runs & Reeza Hendricks’s 42 runs helped South Africa to get off to a brisk start. The proteas brought up 73 runs in 6.5 overs after being sent to bat first by West Indies captain, Kieron pollard. Then came captain Temba Bavuma who scored 46 runs off 33 balls while struggling to stitch a stable partnership. The middle order of the South Africa squad again suffered a collapse with the early dismissal of David Miller, Henrich Klassen & Rassie Van Der Dussen who could add mere 25-30 runs in their total.
South Africa’s bowlers George Linde & Tabriaz Shamsi ran through the West Indies middle order to produce game-changing moments that shifted the game’s momentum in South Africa’s favor. Together the duo conceded just 35 runs in eight overs to slow the opponent’s run rate & put South Africa in a good position to defend their total. They scalped the crucial wickets of Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell & Kieron Pollard to reduce the hosts to 150/9 in the chase of 167 runs.
The pace bowling trio of Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje & Lungi Ngidi together displayed a perfect balling attack & grabbed some crucial wickets at the top of the innings as well as at the end. Rabada starred with the ball by scalping 3 wickets for 37. The third T20I of the five-match T20I series will be played at the same venue on Tuesday.
WI vs SA Brief Scores:
South Africa 166/7 (Temba Bavuma 46, Reeza Hendricks 42, Obed McCoy 3-25), West Indies 150/9 (Andre Fletcher 35, Fabian Allen 34, Kagiso Rabada 3-37)