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Markram stars as South Africa down West Indies

Side won by eight wickets

SAMAA | - Posted: Oct 26, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 month ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Oct 26, 2021 | Last Updated: 1 month ago

Photo: ICC T20 World Cup

Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen powered South Africa to an eight-wicket win over defending champions West Indies in the Twenty20 World Cup on Tuesday.

Chasing 144 for victory in the Super 12 contest, the Proteas bounced back from an opening loss as Van der Dussen (43) and Markram (51) put on an unbeaten partnership of 83 to win with 10 balls to spare in Dubai.

Opener Evin Lewis hit 56 in West Indies’ 143-8 but the two-time champions suffered their second straight loss, having slumped to a heavy defeat by England in their opener.

The match though was overshadowed by South African star Quinton de Kock’s refusal to take the knee prior to the clash as he pulled out due to “personal reasons”.

Cricket South Africa ordered its players to perform the gesture in Dubai and lend their support to the anti-racism movement but De Kock pulled out.

Temba Bavuma’s team took the knee after their decision to field first in a crucial Super 12 match of the competition with both teams needing a win after their opening losses.

Opener Evin Lewis smashed 56 to set the West Indies up for a big total but fast bowler Dwaine Pretorius took three wickets as South Africa pulled things back in the final five overs.

Skipper Kieron Pollard hit a useful 20-ball 26 before falling to Pretorius who was on a hat-trick only for Dwayne Bravo to hit a boundary.

The West Indies openers overcame a sedate start to take the attack to the opposition bowlers.

Lewis smashed boundaries off pace bowler Kagiso Rabada and spinner Aiden Markram who opened the bowling for the Proteas.

The left-handed Lewis reached his 10th T20 fifty with a six before getting out to Keshav Maharaj.

Maharaj struck again with his left-arm spin to send back Nicholas Pooran for 12 and Rabada ended Lendl Simmons’ struggle after the opener scored 16 off 35 balls.

West Indies dropped Chris Gayle from three to four in the batting order but the change in position barely helped as the big-hitter fell for 12.

Anrich Nortje bowled power-hitter Andre Russell for five and returned economical figures of 1-14 from his four overs of pace.

West Indies desperately need to win after they lost the first game to England. They were bowled out for 55 before losing by six wickets.

The focus though remained on De Kock’s decision to sit out with South Africa, who lost their tournament opener to Australia, needing a win to stay in the race for the semi finals.

The South African board later said they “await a further report from team management before deciding on the next steps.”

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