SPORTS

West Indies Knocks South Africa Out Of Contention…

For Tri-Nations Series Final

West Indies 285 in 49.5 overs (Darren Bravo 102, Kieron Pollard 62; Kagiso Rabada 3-31, Chris Morris 3-63) beat South Africa 185 (Farhaan Behardien 35, Morne Morkel 32*; Shannon Gabriel 3-17, Sunil Narine 3-28) by 100 runs.

So if you are the big tree

We are the small axe

Ready to cut you down (well sharp)

To cut you down

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Duppy Conqueror

cricket ball & batAlthough West Indies did not fire on all cylinders, they had sufficient energy to propel them to defeat South Africa and set up a fight between themselves and Australia in the Tri-Nations Series Final set for this Sunday.

South Africa could not repeat their performance against the Windies as they did in their first encounter when they crushed the West Indies by winning the game by 139 runs inside 38 overs.

The Windies, put into bat by South Africa started in tatters as Kagiso Rabada in a fine spell of fast bowling sent back   Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin into the dugout with the paltry sum of 21 runs for 4 wickets on the scoreboard after a mere 4 overs.

However, Darren Bravo the Lara-like, talismanic batsman could not be denied his power and prowess with the bat as he took the attack to the South African bowlers, smashing the ball all over the ground.

When the dust was all settled, Bravo had 102 runs on the board — 12x4s and 4x6s at nearly a run a ball.

Bravo was ably assisted by his second in command Kieron Pollard who ended with 62 runs on the board to show for his effort.

Both batsmen, put together a 156-run partnership off 150 balls, thus dismantling any plans or dispelling any thoughts South Africa may have harbored of outing West Indies for very little runs.

The Windies Inning came to an end with the second half of the West Indies lineup adding 81 runs to give the team a grand total of 285 runs with 24 of those runs coming in extras.

When the South Africans came to the crease to bat, the serving was spicy and peppery as the mix of fiery and deadly pace from West Indies quick bowler Shannon Gabriel and some wicked twists and turns from ICC and Windies ODI number one spin bowler Sunil Narine proved too much for the visitors.

After the early wickets of Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, and AB de Villiers, the South Africans were left in la-la land.

The rest of the team’s batsmen had no answer to the magic of the Windies bowling attack as Hashim Amla, Chris Morris, and Wayne Parnell were sent back in short order to the pavilion with South Africa posing no threat to the West Indies score.

At the end, South Africa was only able to muster 185 runs which put them out of contention for the final.

Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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