ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
Proteas’ first win by defeating Windies with huge margin
Published: 07:43 PM, 26 October 2021 Updated: 07:44 PM, 26 October 2021
South Africa has easily defeated the West Indies by a huge margin of 8 wickets. With this victory, the Proteas got the taste of their first win in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup on Tuesday.
Batting first, West Indies scored 143 runs after losing 8 wickets in the allotted 20 overs. In reply, South Africa scored 144 runs after losing only two wickets.
South Africa captain Temba Bavuma and Reeza Hendricks opened the innings for the Proteas. In the first over, due to misunderstanding, Bavuma was run out for 2 runs. Hendricks then put on a 56-run partnership with Rassie van der Dussen.
Hendricks scored 39 before returning to the dressing room after a great catch by Shimron Hetmyer. Dussen and Aiden Markram easily crossed the rest of the way. In the end, the two remained unbeaten on 43 and 51 runs respectively.
Earlier, South Africa captain Temba Bavuma won the toss and elected to bowl at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis opened the innings for the Windies.
Lewis was aggressive from the start. Simmons, on the other hand, continued to play Test-friendly innings. Both of them played 35 balls each till they were returned to the dugout. Although Lewis scored 56, only 16 runs came from Simmons’ bat.
Then Nicholas Pooran scored 12 off 7 balls, Chris Gayle scored 12 off 12 balls and Andre Russell scored 5 off 4 balls. In the end, Kieron Pollard’s 26-run innings gave the Caribbeans the strength to fight.
Dwaine Pretorius took 3 wickets for South Africa alone. Besides, Keshav Maharaj took two wickets, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje took one wicket each.