West Indies qualified for the semi-finals with a three wicket win over South Africa in a low scoring contest in Nagpur. South Africa could only muster 122 runs batting first with Quinton de Kock scoring 47 runs. In reply, Maron Samuels got West Indies’ lions share of the runs (44) even though Imran Tahir’s 2/13 made things interesting.
AS IT HAPPENED:
2300 hrs IST: West Indies qualify for the semifinals.
2259 hrs IST: Ramdin plays it slightly on the rise. Amla gets a hand to it but can’t hold on and the batsmen run a single. WEST INDIES WIN BY THREE WICKETS!
2258 hrs IST: Single. 1 from 3 balls.
2257 hrs IST: WIDE! 2 runs from 4 balls.
2257 hrs IST: This time he connects and it goes into the crowd. 3 runs from 4 balls.
2256 hrs IST: Swing and a miss by Brathwaite. 9 runs from 5 balls.
2255 hrs IST: Single to end the penultimate over. 9 runs from 6 balls.
2253 hrs IST: Samuels fails to read a slower delivery and he ends up hitting it straight to AB de Villiers. 10 runs from 7 balls.
2252 hrs IST: Luck going West Indies’ way entirely. Bottom edge and another one goes third man’s way, another four. 10 runs from 8 balls.
2252 hrs IST: Single. 14 runs from 9 balls.
2251 hrs IST: Single. 15 runs from 10 balls.
2250 hrs IST: Samuels edges it and it goes towards third man. No one there and it races to the ropes. 16 runs needed from 11 balls.
2249 hrs IST: Another good over for South Africa. 3 runs from it. West Indies need 20 runs from 12 balls.
2245 hrs IST: Brathwaite prevents the hat-trick but it is still a great over for the Proteas. 1 run from it and two wickets.
2244 hrs IST: Darren Sammy enters. Fails to read a googly and gets bowled. Goes through the gate with so much ease. Hat-trick chance!
2243 hrs IST: GONE! Russell goes for 4. Miller takes it comfortably at deep mid wicket.
2234 hrs IST: End of the 16th over, 8 coming from it. West Indies are 99/4. Need 24 from 24 balls.
2232 hrs IST: Samuels goes straight back over Morris’ head and gets a much needed boundary.
2227 hrs IST: Good return to cricket for Aaron Phangiso. Comes back after five months and he finishes with 4-0-29-1.
2225 hrs IST: After that expensive over, Phangiso keeps things tight and ends the 14th over with a wicket. Bravo slashes and Wiese takes it at waist height. West Indies are 87/4.
2218 hrs IST: Next ball and it is a little finer but same outcome. Poor over for Rabada and for South Africa.
2218 hrs IST: Samuels gives himself room and slashes Rabada for a four.
2217 hrs IST: Dwayne Bravo now enters the ‘1000 club’.
2216 hrs IST: Bravo flicks it away for a four. Too close to his pads by Rabada and it races to the boundary.
2214 hrs IST: West Indies are 70/3 after 12 overs.
2210 hrs IST: And Charles tries to replicate the outcome to Wiese but he doesn’t get much on the slower delivery and Faf takes it with ease. West Indies are 66/3.
2208 hrs IST: MASSIVE SIX! Charles eases the pressure with a massive six. They need more of these!
2206 hrs IST: Charles and Samuels keeping the scoreboard ticking with singles. Need 66 from the last ten overs.
2159 hrs IST: Milestone for Samuels: Brings up his 1000th run in T20Is – second West Indian to do so. Chris Gayle at the top of the list.
2157 hrs IST: Deft touch by Samuels to end the eighth over with a four. West Indies need more of these.
2150 hrs IST: End of powerplay, West Indies are 37/2.
2148 hrs IST: Uh-oh! Mixup between the batsmen and Fletcher is far too away from his non-striker’s end as Rilee hits the stumps. West Indies are 34/2.
2144 hrs IST: Andre Fletcher and Johnson Charles powering on. West Indies are 32/1 after 5.
2130 hrs IST: Chris Gayle departs! Big wicket for South Africa early on. West Indies are 5/1.
2100 hrs IST: Excellent over from Bravo. Only 4 runs off it and South Africa manage only 122/8
2056 hrs IST: Only four runs from that over. Can South Africa get 12 off the last to reach 130?
2053 hrs IST: 2 overs remain and South Africa have reached 114/7
With bowlers like Bravo and Faulkner, can’t you play them as slow bowlers and handle the quicker ball as a variation?
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 25 March 2016
2048 hrs IST: WICKET! David Wiese is gone! Hits it high and Sammy takes a cool catch
2035 hrs IST: WICKET! Quinton de Kock tries to shuffle but Russell too quick! Rattles his stumps
2018 hrs IST: 10 overs gone, South Africa 57/5 with Quinton de Kock still at the crease
2015 hrs IST: West Indies fielders diving around and doing everything to save runs
2014 hrs IST: Dwayne Bravo is back for his second over
2010 hrs IST: WICKET! Gayle has done it. Squares up Miller. And then stands movement less in silence. South Africa in dee, deep trouble
2008 hrs IST: Chris Gayle is back into hte attack to bowl his second over
2005 hrs IST: WICKET! Dwayne Bravo has picked AB de Villiers as his first wicket. Off-cutter and an inside-edge goes straight onto the stumps
2001 hrs IST: South Africa reach 44/3 after seven over against West Indies
1958 hrs IST: Powerplay over for South Africa and they have reached 39/3
1955 hrs IST: South Africa are 34/3 after five overs. AB and de Kock at the crease
1953 hrs IST: Quinton de Kock has sent one out of here
— Mohammad Kaif (@KaifSays) 25 March 2016
1950 hrs IST: AB de Villiers is away with a four
1946 hrs IST: WICKET! Chris Gayle has deceived Rossouw and the batsman is caught at backward-point. South Africa in trouble
1944 hrs IST: Quinton de Kock smashes one through point for FOUR!
1943 hrs IST: Chris Gayle to bowl the third over
1942 hrs IST: Faf du Plessis hits one straight to mid-off and Benn claims to have taken a clean catch. Third umpire has no conclusive evidence to over-turn the decision. Faf gone
1938 hrs IST: SIX! Faf du Plessis dances down the pitch and sends it over long-off for a massive six
1934 hrs IST: Andre Russell to bowl from the other end with the new ball
1933 hrs IST: Faf du Plessis in the new man in for South Africa
1932 hrs IST: WICKET! Third ball of the innings and South Africa one down. Quinton de Kock hits it to covers where Andre Russell stops, rolls over, throws and a hesistant Hashim Amla is found short
1929 hrs IST: South Africa openers out in the middle. Badree to bowl
1910 hrs IST: NO Dale Steyn yet for South Africa
#SA XI: De Kock, Amla, du Plessis (c), de Villiers, Miller, Rossouw, Wiese, Morris, Phangiso, Rabada, Tahir.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) 25 March 2016
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) 25 March 2016
1903 hrs IST: West Indies win toss and elect to bowl against South Africa in Nagpur
1900 hrs IST: DO expect a couple of changes from both sides
1857 hrs IST: Pitch report – A surface that will assist the spinners like it did in the match between India and New Zealand. A win toss, bat first pitch
1845 hrs IST: Toss just 15 minutes away from
CHRIS GAYLE loves to talk in third person. If left to him, AB de Villiers might never talk about himself, or at the most do so grudgingly. Gayle’s a showstopper and he thrives on being one. AB ends up stealing the show often unintentionally and doesn’t make too much of a deal about it.
South Africa have been going all guns blazing this World Twenty20. They’ve played two matches and scored 200+ in both and no other team makes as many 200+ scores in the shortest format of cricket as they do.