West Indies vs South Africa: WI vs SA 3rd T20I: South Africa beat West Indies by 1 run, South Africa defeat West Indies by 1 run in Third T20I last ball thriller
South Africa vs West Indies 3rd T20.  |  Photo Credits: Twitter
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The third match of the T20 series was played between South Africa Cricket and hosts West Indies in St George’s on Tuesday night. Batting first, South Africa scored 167 runs for 8 wickets in this exciting match. The West Indies team, who came to answer, took this match till the last ball. The batsman also hit a six on the last ball, but still South Africa defeated the Caribbean team by 1 run. Tabrez Shamsi became the hero of the match as South Africa took a 2-1 lead in the five-match T20I series.
South Africa’s innings faltered in the beginning
In the third T20 International, hosts West Indies won the toss and decided to bowl first. The South African team’s openers, who came to bat first, gave a good start to the team and both the openers had shared 42 runs for the first wicket, but Obed McCoy broke this partnership by dismissing Reeza Hendricks (17 runs) and after this Three wickets had fallen till 87 runs.
Quinton de Kock played a brilliant innings
After this, South Africa’s experienced wicket-keeper batsman and opener Quinton de Kock took over the innings. De Kock completed his half-century in 34 balls and continued his batting even after that. Meanwhile, Captain Temba Bavuma (1 run), Aiden Markram 23 and Rassie van der Dussen were dismissed for 32, but Quinton de Kock made 72 off 51 balls before being dismissed in the 18th over with 2 sixes and 5 fours. were involved. On the basis of his innings, South Africa scored 167 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs. During this, Obed McCoy took 4 wickets for West Indies while Dwayne Bravo took 3 wickets.
West Indies batting order faltered after a good start
West Indies had a target of 168 runs. Openers Evin Lewis (27 runs) and Lendl Simmons (22 runs) gave the team a good start. Both executed a half-century partnership. George Linde broke this partnership by dismissing Simmons in the seventh over and suddenly the West Indies batting order faltered. Within two runs, Tabrez Shamsi also dismissed the second opener Evin Lewis. Jason Holder (16 runs) and Shimron Hetmyer (17 runs) carried the score for a while but between 90 and 97, Ngidi dismissed Holder and Shamsi dismissed Hetmyer.
the match reached the last over
Captain Kieron Pollard also scored 1 run and got bowled by Rabada. But Nicholas Pooran and Andre Russell accelerated the pace of the score. Russell scored 25 runs in 16 balls with 3 sixes. After this Pooran and all-rounder Fabian Allen were on the pitch. Due to the restrained bowling of South Africa, the match reached the last over. Now West Indies had 3 wickets left and needed 15 runs to win in 6 balls.
Full condition of the exciting last over (Ball in the hands of Rabada, batsmen Pooran and Elaine)
first ball – Rabada bowls a wide. Now 14 runs are needed in 6 balls.
first ball Allen could not score any run on this ball. Now 14 runs are needed from 5 balls.
second ball – A yorker length ball, Allen hits it for a four in the short fine leg direction. Now 10 runs are needed in 4 balls.
third ball – Another great yorker. No run came. Now 10 runs are needed in 3 balls.
fourth ball – Allen played a shot in the backward square leg direction, fielder Nortje made poor fielding and the batsmen took two runs. Now 8 runs are needed from 2 balls.
fifth ball – Another wonderfully accurate yorker from Rabada and Elaine could not score any runs on it. Now 8 runs are needed from 1 ball. If Rabada does not give any extra runs, then South Africa’s victory is certain.
sixth ball – This time it was a full toss ball on which Allen hit a brilliant six in the deep square leg direction, but unfortunately despite this six, West Indies lost the match by 1 run.
Tabrez Shamsi named ‘Man of the Match’
The interesting thing is that Nicholas Pooran, who was looking in rhythm in the last over, did not get to play a single ball. Elaine herself played all the balls. The star of this match was South African spinner Tabrez Shamsi, who strengthened South Africa in the match with his economical bowling.
Shamsi took 2 important wickets giving a total of 13 runs in 4 overs. He took the wickets of formidable batsmen like Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer and won the man of the match title.
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