SA vs WI: Proteas beat defending champion Windies by 8 wickets

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SA vs WI: South Africa beats West Indies for 8 wickets

South Africa beat the defending champions of the West Indies by eight wickets in their second match of the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup on Tuesday after Aiden Markram scored 51 unbeaten on 26 balls following a stellar performance from his players from bowling directed by Anrique Norkhia. Earlier, after Evin Lewis’ half-century, West Indies hitting collapsed severely and the team could only handle 143 runs for eight wickets.

In response, South Africa chased the goal with ten balls to spare to lose two. South Africa got off to a poor start and captain Temba Bavuma ran out of the ball after Andre Russell’s precise shot on the last ball of the first over. After this, however, Reeza Hendrix and Rasi van der Dussen formed a 56-race partnership. Hendrix scored 39 runs on 30 balls with the help of four fours and six.

Akil Hossain broke society by having Shimron Hetmyer catch him. Markram then came to support Dussen, who scored an unbeaten 51 on 26 balls, which included two fours and six. Dussen was undefeated on 43 of 51 balls. Previously, for South Africa, Norkhia took a wicket for just 14 runs in four overs.

Dwayne Pretorius got three and Keshav Maharaj got two wickets. Lewis (56) and Lendl Simmons (16) gave the West Indies a brilliant start. They both scored 73 runs on 63 balls after which the West Indies grounds continued to fall at regular intervals. Lewis took an aggressive approach early on, hitting Kagiso Rabada for a limit on the back spot and hitting a four over his head on the next ball. After this, he scored 18 runs in the fifth plus hitting two sixes and one four for Aiden Markram.

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Then he shot Norkhia midway. A ball later, Simmons’ shot took the edge of the bat, but goalie Heinrich Klaasen couldn’t catch the catch. Lewis did not spare a single South African bowler. He completed his fifty in 32 balls playing a slog sweep off Tabrez Shamsi on the deep square leg.

Even after scoring half a century, he continued to play in this style and hit Keshav Maharaj by a six. However, a ball later, in an attempt to make a great shot, Rabada caught him in the middle of deep field. He hit three fours and six sixes on his 35-ball innings.

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Nicholas Pooran became Maharaj’s second victim after scoring 12 runs on seven balls, whose catch was caught by David Miller. After this, Rabada fired Simmons in the next over. Captain Kieron Pollard and Chris Gayle each hit a six in the 16th over. Gayle made 12 of 12 balls and was fired by Dwayne Pretorius. Norkhia sent Andre Russell to the pavilion in the next over. Pollard made 26 of 20 balls.

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