New Delhi. South Africa defeated West Indies by 8 wickets in Group 1 of the Super 12 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. This is South Africa’s first win. Earlier, he had to face defeat at the hands of Australia. At the same time, it is the second consecutive defeat for West Indies. West Indies also had to face defeat at the hands of England before losing to South Africa. West Indies have 0 points in the points table and are at the last position. At the same time, South Africa has 2 points and is in fourth place. Batting first, West Indies scored 143 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. South Africa achieved this target in 18.2 overs with 8 wickets remaining.
Batting first, West Indies’ batting collapsed after Evin Lewis’s half-century, Lewis (56) and Lendl Simmons (16) gave a great start to the West Indies. Both scored 73 runs in 63 balls, after which West Indies wickets kept falling at regular intervals. Lewis, adopting an aggressive approach from the beginning, hit Kagiso Rabada for a boundary at backward point and hit a four over his head on the next ball. After this, he scored 18 runs in the fifth over by hitting two sixes and a four to Aiden Markram. He then shot Enrique Norcia at midoff. A ball later, Simmons’ shot took the edge of the bat but wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen could not catch the catch.
Evin Lewis did not spare a single South African bowler. He completed his half-century in 32 balls by playing a slog sweep to Tabrez Shamsi at deep square leg. Even after scoring a half-century, he continued to play in this style and hit Keshav Maharaj for a six. A ball later, however, in an attempt to play a big shot, he was caught by Rabada at deep midwicket. He hit three fours and six sixes in his 35-ball innings. Nicholas Pooran became the second victim of Maharaj by scoring 12 runs in seven balls, whose catch was caught by David Miller. After this, Rabada dismissed Simmons in the next over.
Captain Kieran Pollard and Chris Gayle hit a six each in the 16th over. Gayle scored 12 runs in 12 balls and he was dismissed by Dwayne Pretorius. Norkea sent Andre Russell to the pavilion in the next over. Pollard scored 26 runs in 20 balls.
Talking about the last match, the Caribbean team was reduced to just 55 runs in front of England and had to face defeat by 6 wickets. On the other hand, Australia defeated South Africa by 5 wickets in the first match of Super 12.