Every cricket lover wishes that they could watch a nail-biter match and the 3rd t-20 between WI vs SA was a nail-biter. It went till the last ball and South Africa defended 19 runs off the last two overs. The magic of Anrich Nortje and kagiso Rabada led SA to win the match by 1 run . Tabraiz Shamsi became the man of the match by just giving 13 runs off the 4 overs and taking 2 big wickets.
The WI cricket team won the toss and offered the SA batsman to come on the crease and set the target for them. They made 51 runs in the power play and lost 2 big wickets of Hendricks and the captain of the SA team Bavuma. SA middle order helped them to come out of a pressure situation and the opener batsman D kock Played a crucial knock of 72. South African team lost their momentum in the last 3 overs where they lost 5 wickets for 17 runs and in the end, they could reach a total of 167-8. The WI bowlers sounded be to in a good form and McCoy took 4-22 and DJ Bravo 3-25.
The WI cricket team started their innings with Lewis and Simmons. The South African team failed to take any wicket in the power play and after 6 overs WI were 48 for no loss. Linde helped SA to take the first wicket immediately after the power play ended. The West Indies middle-order collapsed and lost 3 crucial wickets between 11 to 13 over of Holder, Hetmyer, and Pollard. In the last 2 overs, WI needed 17 runs. Anrich Nortje bowled a spectacular second last over by just giving 4 runs and taking a crucial wicket of Pooran and Rabada defended 15 of the last over and SA won by 1 run. Shamsi and Nortje took 2 wickets each.
Temba Bavuma I South Africa captain: I think it is a confidence booster for us. We have found a way to get over the line – something we have missed in the past. There’s still a lot of cricket to go in the series. I think we have the conversations to finish well even though it gets harder to bat at the back end. We are striving for close to 180 and if not, we believe in our bowlers to take us home. Aiden is more than a part-timer, and it was good to have him, so it’s nice to have the extra option. Shammo (Shamsi) needs to control that middle-overs for us, and he has been doing that. George Linde has been learning too, but Shammo has been magnificent. These guys are not the World Champions for nothing, so we can’t take them lightly, so we must keep turning up and executing our skills.
Kieron Pollard I West Indies captain: It has plagued us over the two games, and we need to get the chase right. We had a lot of dots and didn’t capitalize on a good start. We couldn’t get over the line despite starts, and we have to find a way, that’s it. We have close matches, some you win, some you lose. We need to find a way to win. The bowlers have been fantastic, you can’t find fault in their efforts. Both teams have got off to good starts, but Obed and Bravo have executed well to restrict SA to 167. Obed had a brilliant series last year, and to continue that these series show that he’s growing. It’s just a matter of getting across the line from the next game.