ICC World T20, South Africa vs West Indies LIVE: Windies through to semi-finals after thrilling win

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ICC World T20, South Africa vs West Indies LIVE: Windies through to semi-finals after thrilling win
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    That will be all from us for Firstpost for tonight. Take care and goodnight!

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    There is the scenario for Group I

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    Faf du Plessis: Felt like we were one step behind of West Indies throughout. Senior players should step up. Little bit frantic from our batsmen in the first six overs.

    Darren Sammy: Was smiling outside, but there was definitely some butterflies inside. Really excited about my team, they have responded every time under pressure. Tonight we will celebrate, because it was a tough win.

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    Marlon Samuels is MoTM for his 44-ball 44. 

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    Some reaction to the South Africa defeat.....

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    It turned out to be a thriller, mainly thanks to brain-fade from the West Indian batsmen but in the end South Africa never had enough on the board. They fought hard but alas, now they are left dependent on other results to make it to the semi-final

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    19.4: Dropped (tough chance) by Amla at short third man and West Indies complete a win, they are through to the semi-finals!

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    19.3: Brathwaite tucks one off his pads to square leg, two was on but they settle for a single. SCORES LEVEL

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    19.3: Wide. Oh, dear Rabada! 2 from 4 now

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    19.2: SIX! WHAT A SHOT BRATHWAITE! Length ball and out comes the long handle, nearly 100 m over the midwicket boundary. 3 from 5

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    19.1 Rabada starts with a dot ball. Full and fast

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    After 19 overs,West Indies 114/7 ( Carlos Brathwaite 3 , Denesh Ramdin (W) 0)

    Kagiso Rabada with the last over! This is  a thriller ladies and gentlemen..

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    OUT! Fat lady has not sung yet! Morris strikes back and it's the big wicket of Samuels -- again after the req'd rate came down, that heave was uncalled for. Samuels falls for 44 off 44 and ABD takes a simple catch at long on.

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    Two boundaries off the first four balls for Samuels from Morris' over -- first a short ball is edged to third man and then a full ball is again edged to the same region. That should ease the nerves!

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    After 18 overs, West Indies 103/6 ( Marlon Samuels 35 , Carlos Brathwaite 1)

    Like Shane Warne landing the ball on the rough, this match has turned big time. Wiese with his off-cutters gives just 3 runs from the 18th over. Brathwaite is made to look silly! There was a chance of run-out early in that over as well,.

    West Indies need 20 from last 2 overs

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    After 17 overs, West Indies 100/6 ( Marlon Samuels 33 , Carlos Brathwaite 0)

    No hat-trick but Tahir has done a terrific job for South Africa. Finishes his spell with 4-0-13-2. One run from 17th over! This is getting real interesting

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    OUT! Imran Tahir, you beauty! A googly first up to Darren Sammy (he does that a lot) and he is beaten all ends up. Tahir brings out the trademark celebration. On a hat-trick!

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    OUT! Is this West Indies team Bangladesh in disguise? Russell with a mighty heave through midwicket and hits it straight to David Miller. 

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    Lengthy break as the ground staff clear some wetness off the field.

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    After 16 overs, West Indies 99/4 ( Marlon Samuels 32 , Andre Russell 4)

    Samuels is getting the regular boundaries, this one off Morris is absolutely creamed past the bowler for four through the long-off region

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    After 15 overs, West Indies 91/4 ( Marlon Samuels 26 , Andre Russell 2)

    Russell comes in, not Ramdin. Perhaps Windies don't want to do this the easy way. Just 4 runs from Tahir's over, but Windies are well ahead of the rate.

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    OUT! Some irresponsible batting this by West Indies, as Bravo goes for an expansive cover drive and the edge goes to point. Three runs and a wicket from that over. 

    South Africa chipping away.

    After 14 overs, West Indies 87/4 ( Marlon Samuels 24 )

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    After 13 overs, West Indies 84/3 ( Marlon Samuels 23 , Dwayne Bravo 7)

    Samuels and Bravo don't seem too keen to take it slow. 14 runs from that Rabada over and it is now all in West Indies' favour. First Bravo flicks one to fine leg and then Samuels opens up - first a short ball is sent over the point region and then an upper-cut to third man.

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    Chance of winning:

    10th over: The West Indies' COW dipped to 65% in the 7th over, where just 1 run was scored. Regular runs in the following overs took their COW to 80% in the 9th over, and 85% in the 10th over.

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    OUT! Wiese comes back into the attack and strikes with his first ball. Charles swings at it, skies it and Faf du Plessis gets under it. West Indies bat deep, but this was unnecessary from Charles. 4 runs from that over. 

    After 12 overs,West Indies 70/3 ( Marlon Samuels 15 , Dwayne Bravo 2)

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    After 11 overs,West Indies 66/2 ( Johnson Charles 32 , Marlon Samuels 13)

    Chris who? Johnson Charles with a monstrous hit over midwicket, stepping down the track and hitting Phangiso against the turn. That went a whopping 101 meters. 9 runs from that over.

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    After 10 overs, West Indies 57/2 ( Johnson Charles 24 , Marlon Samuels 12)

    West Indies doing this is the easy way - twelve runs from the last two overs with 9 singles and a double as the batsmen pick the gaps with ease. Phangiso and Tahir need to take wickets, this will not help South Africa.

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    Same problem against England and that was while defending 230! 

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    After 8 overs, West Indies 45/2 ( Johnson Charles 17 , Marlon Samuels 7)

    Poor over from Wiese under the circumstances. Just 7 off it but two wides down the leg side and a ball on pads flicked away by Samuels. Extras and easy balls will hurt South Africa

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    After 7 overs, West Indies 38/2 ( Johnson Charles 16 , Marlon Samuels 2)

    Aaron Phangiso, who has been brilliant on the field in the powerplay, starts with a terrific first over - just a single. Some definite turn on offer for the spinner.

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    After 7 overs, West Indies 38/2 ( Johnson Charles 16 , Marlon Samuels 2)

    Aaron Phangiso, who has been brilliant on the field in the powerplay, starts with a terrific first over - just a single. Some definite turn on offer for the spinner.

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    OUT! Well, well, well. South Africa's excellent fielding was always going to be crucial in this small chase and Roussow proves that with a magnificent direct hit from point -- gathers, throws on the run and Fletchers nowhere to be seen in the vicinity. 

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    After 5 overs, West Indies 32/1 ( Johnson Charles 13 , Andre Fletcher 11)

    Charles takes on Morris, after his excellent over. The result : 11 runs! Fours off the second and last balls - a flick through midwicket and then gives room to cream one over cover. 

    Tahir comes on from the other end - he will be crucial for South Africa's chances -- concedes  just two runs from his first over.

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    After 3 overs,West Indies 19/1 ( Johnson Charles 2 , Andre Fletcher 10)

    Make no mistake, West Indies are not a one-man team. Fletcher, the hero in Bengaluru the other night against Sri Lanka, gets going with a mighty six over long on off the last ball from Rabada;s over. Power-hitting. Could have been worse for Rabada that over -- the first ball was absolutely creamed through cover but Phangiso puts in a brilliant dive and stops it to two.

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    After 2 overs, West Indies 8/1 ( Johnson Charles 1 , Andre Fletcher 1)

    Chris Morris from the other end and he is getting away swing too! Definite assistance in the air, if not from the pitch. Series of play and misses from Fletcher and Charles.

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    True story! Loud cheers as ABdV slid to gather the ball at mid-off in the first over..

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Nagpur, India: Chris Gayle is set to return to the top of the batting order as the West Indies seek to clinch a World Twenty20 semi-finals spot Friday against a South African side who can ill afford to lose.

The Windies big-hitting opener tweaked a hamstring while fielding against Sri Lanka on Sunday night and was dropped down to number six, much to the disappointment of the Bangalore crowd.

Gayle's services weren't required as replacement opener Andre Fletcher hit 84 not out to power the Windies to a seven-wicket victory.

It was the West Indies' second win of the tournament after a Gayle century, which included 11 sixes, inspired them to a six-wicket triumph over England in their opening match.

ICC World T20, South Africa vs West Indies LIVE: Windies through to semi-finals after thrilling win

Chris Gayle. AFP

They sit top of Group One on four points and a defeat of South Africa in Nagpur would see them become the second team to qualify for the last four, after New Zealand.

Gayle and Fletcher are expected to open the Windies' with Johnson Charles moving down.

"I've opened the batting with him on many occasions so I know what sort of a player he is, he is very dangerous and he's capable of getting big scores as well," Gayle said of Fletcher.

South Africa desperately need a victory after picking up one win from two games as they bid to show the world that they have what it takes to clinch a first international trophy.

They are yet to get up to full-steam after a stunning opening defeat to a record 230-run chase by England was followed by a win over minnows Afghanistan, leaving them precariously placed in third spot, two points behind England.

If South Africa fail to beat the Windies then England would be in pole position to qualify from the group going into the last round-robin game.

The Proteas' preparations were dealt a blow after all-rounder JP Duminy was ruled out of the match with a hamstring injury he picked up in the 37-run win over Afghanistan on Sunday.

The right-arm spinner, who bats left-handed, has been in fine form, making scores of 54 and 29 without being dismissed.

"JP is a big player for us. Not having him is a big blow and does upset the balance of the side," South Africa coach Russell Domingo said in quotes carried by Cricinfo.

The absence of Duminy however means the tournament debut of Aaron Phangiso's new bowling action.

The left-arm slow bowler was cleared to play just days before South Africa left for India after it was earlier announced that he had been banned from bowling in domestic cricket.

Domingo said spin was going to be important in Nagpur and that he was confident Phangiso would get "game time".


South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Imran Tahir, Chris Morris, David Miller, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn, David Wiese.

West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Carlos Braithwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Evin Lewis.



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Updated Date: Mar 25, 2016 23:48:02 IST

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