WI beat Proteas, reach semisArchive
NAGPUR: West Indies stormed into the World Twenty20 semi-finals after edging out South Africa by three wickets for its third consecutive win in Group 1 on Friday.
Marlon Samuels hit 43 off 44 balls and led West Indies to 123-7 in 19.4 overs after South Africa struggled on a slow wicket and limped to 122-8 with Quinton de Kock scoring a fighting 47 off 46 balls.
The third straight successful chase after winning the toss put West Indies on six points, with Afghanistan to come on Sunday.
South Africa will be eliminated if England, which already has four points, beat defending champion Sri Lanka on Saturday.
SOUTH AFRICA: H. Amla run out1 Q. de Kock b Russell47 F. du Plessis c Benn b Russell9 R. Rossouw c Russell b Gayle0 AB. de Villiers b Bravo10 D. Miller b Gayle1 D. Wiese c Sammy b Bravo28 C. Morris not out16 A. Phangiso run out4 EXTRAS (B-4, W-2)6 TOTAL (for 8 wickets, 20 overs)122 DID NOT BAT: K. Rabada, I. Tahir FALL OF WICKETS: 1-1 (Amla), 2-13 (du Plessis), 3-20 (Rossouw), 4-46 (de Villiers), 5-47 (Miller), 6-97 (de Kock), 7-112 (Wiese), 8-122 (Phangiso) BOWLING: Badree 3-0-22-0, Russell 4-0-28-2, Gayle 3-0-17-2, Brathwaite 2-0-11-0, Benn 4-0-20-0, Bravo 4-0-20-2 WEST INDIES: J. Charles c du Plessis b Wiese32 C. Gayle b Rabada4 A. Fletcher run out (Rossouw)11 M. Samuels c de Villers b Morris44 D. Bravo c Wiese b Phangiso8 A. Russell c Miller b Tahir4 D. Sammy b Tahir0 C. Brathwaite not out10 D. Ramdin not out1 EXTRAS (LB-1, W-8)9 TOTAL (for 7 wickets, 19.4 overs) 123 DID NOT BAT: S. Badree, S. Benn FALL OF WICKETS: 1-5 (Gayle), 2-34 (Fletcher), 3-66 (Charles), 4-87 (Bravo), 5-100 (Russell), 6-100 (Sammy), 7-113 (Samuels) BOWLING: Rabada 3.4-0-38-1, Morris 4-0-33-1, Tahir 4-0-13-2, Wiese 4-0-19-1, Phangiso 4-0-19-1 TOSS: West Indies UMPIRES: Ian Gould (ENG) and Richard Kettleborough (ENG) TV UMPIRE: Bruce Oxenford (AUS) MATCH REFEREE: Chris Broad (ENG) RESERVE UMPIRE: Aleem Dar (PAK)
Published in Dawn, March 26th, 2016