Match Report – WI vs SA third T20I, Could 26, 2024

West Indies 165 for two (Charles 69, King 44, Mayers 36*) beat South Africa 163 for 7 (van dur Dussen 51, McCoy 3-39, Motie 2-21, S Joseph 2-26) by eight wickets

West Indies swept the three-T20I sequence in opposition to South Africa to conclude their T20 World Cup preparations in essentially the most commanding method attainable. South Africa, alternatively, have gained simply two of their final 11 accomplished T20I matches because the final T20 World Cup, and have misplaced sequence to West Indies twice and Australia as soon as, and enter the worldwide competitors on the again foot.

If there’s any comfort, it is that none of South Africa’s powerhouse center order of Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller and Tristan Stubbs had been a part of this sequence, however all will return for the World Cup. Nonetheless, there stay considerations over Quinton de Kock, who scored 64 runs in three innings and did not have a great time of it on the BBL, the SA20 and the IPL earlier, whereas additionally showing to choose up a again damage on Sunday; and Ryan Rickelton, who managed solely 43 runs in three innings.

Equally, Anrich Nortje’s economic system price of 12.16 by means of the sequence and the absence of any wickets to his identify raises questions over his readiness for worldwide cricket after an almost-nine-month absence following a lower-back stress fracture. However he’s a part of South Africa’s last squad for the World Cup.

West Indies head to Trinidad to play Australia in a warm-up match earlier than their first World Cup match in Guyana, and so they seem as prepared as they are often. They’ve gained 4 out of 5 sequence because the final T20 World Cup, and beat South Africa 3-0 for the primary time on this one. After defending totals of 175 and 207 to win the sequence, they had been made to chase and hunted down 164 inside 14 overs to ease previous South Africa once more.

Obed McCoy, added to the T20 World Cup squad rather than the injured Jason Holder, was essentially the most profitable bowler within the last match with 3 for 39, whereas stand-in captain Brandon King completed because the sequence’ main run-scorer.

The redemption of Johnson Charles

It was in opposition to South Africa, 15 months in the past, that Johnson Charles made the case to reclaim his spot within the T20I squad with 118 off simply 46 balls in a T20I in Centurion. However since then, it has been lean going for him. Charles went ten innings with out crossing fifty, and questions over his T20 World Cup-squad involvement had been extra than simply whispers.

However he silenced these questions with a knock of full assurance and authority to deliver up his fifth T20I half-century, and set the platform for one more West Indies win. Charles’ takedown of South Africa’s quickest, Nortje and Gerald Coetzee, was most spectacular. He scored 25 runs off simply ten balls from Nortje, and 22 off 4 from Coetzee, together with three successive sixes. Solely three of his 69 runs got here in singles, and though he was dismissed within the seventh over, he had already put the end result past doubt.

Motie makes essentially the most of it

After taking three wickets in every of his final three video games, left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie appeared set for the same haul after two distinctive overs. He was introduced on instantly after the powerplay, and displayed good modifications of tempo to have de Kock trapped lbw, because the latter performed a reverse sweep too early and was given out.

In Motie’s subsequent over, Matthew Breetzke hit the ball again over the bowler’s head. It seemed like a clear strike however wasn’t timed in addition to he supposed, and Shamar Joseph took a great catch contained in the boundary rope to finish a disappointing tour for the CSA T20’s prime run-scorer for the 2023-24 season.

After two overs, Motie had 2 for five, however his day did not end in addition to he would have hoped. He conceded 11 runs off his last over, as Rassie van der Dussen hit him for 2 sixes, and he wasn’t used once more.

Van der Dussen’s assertion innings

Excluded from South Africa’s T20 World Cup squad however requested to captain them on this sequence, van der Dussen has not had the best few months. However he had a robust final say on this tour. Van der Dussen scored a 30-ball fifty to take South Africa from 50 for 4 to 163 for 7, and demonstrated sturdy hitting expertise straight down the bottom. All 5 of his sixes had been scored within the V between long-off and long-on, and his 77-run fifth-wicket stand with Wiaan Mulder was the distinction between a South African collapse and a semblance of competitiveness.

Mayers misses, after which he does not

Van der Dussen’s knock may have ended on 9 when he dragged a Hayden Walsh Jnr supply from outdoors off to long-on, the place Kyle Mayers was ready for the catch. He took it cleanly however misjudged how shut his again foot was to the boundary rope and stepped over it with the ball in hand. Van der Dussen was the primary to gesture that he had earned six.

Six overs later, Mulder mis-hit a McCoy slower ball to long-on, the place Mayers was able to take the catch two-handed, with greater than sufficient area behind him to tumble, maintain on and keep away from giving freely a boundary.

With the bat, Mayers cracked 4 sixes in an unbeaten knock of 36, serving to wrap the chase up after Charles had laid the inspiration. However Mayers stays a reserve participant within the West Indies T20 World Cup squad.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s correspondent for South Africa and girls’s cricket

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