South Africa scores 195/3 before bowling out visitors for 126 to win final T20I by 69 runs
A maiden Twenty20 International century by Morne van Wyk and a five-wicket haul by David Wiese helped South Africa earn a comfortable consolation victory in the third and final T20I against West Indies in Durban on Wednesday (January 14). West Indies, which had won the first two matches, lost the game by 69 runs but took the series 2-1.
Van Wyk smashed an unbeaten 114 off just 70 balls, his knock studded with nine fours and seven sixes, to help South Africa post a formidable 195 for 3 from its 20 overs. In reply, West Indies folded for 126 with an over to spare.
West Indies had rested Chris Gayle, the star of the first two matches, but Lendl Simmons gave it a good start in pursuit of a big target. He announced his arrival by taking Marchant de Lange for 15 runs in the second over, including a powerful pull for six over deep midwicket, and bettered it in the fourth over by hitting four fours and a six off Wayne Parnell.
Simmons's early attack meant that West Indies raced to 45 in four overs, but the arrival of spin brought South Africa back in the game. Aaron Phangiso got through Dwayne Smith's defence with the first delivery of the fifth over and Wiese struck two vital blows in his first two overs to derail the chase.
Wiese first got Marlon Samuels to mistime a cut straight to Justin Ontong at point in the seventh over before deceiving Simmons (49 in 31 balls) with a leg-cutter in his next over. Simmons tried to clear long on for his third six, but only managed to find the safe hands of JP Duminy in the deep as West Indies slipped to 68 for 3 by the ninth over.
West Indies never recovered. Wiese used his slower deliveries to good effect and made it difficult for the West Indies batsmen to score. With Parnell and Phangiso bowling disciplined spells from the other end, there was no escape route for West Indies' big hitters and it managed only two boundaries – a six and a four by Andre Russell – in the second half of its innings.
Wiese helped himself to three more wickets, dismissing Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy and Carlos Brathwaite with slower deliveries, as West Indies went down without a fight.
Earlier, West Indies opted to field in slightly damp conditions. Reeza Hendricks set the tone for the South African innings, smashing Brathwaite for two fours in the second over, and van Wyk joined the party soon. He hammered Russell for two sixes in the fourth over and followed it up with another six off Brathwaite in the next over to give South Africa a blazing start.
West Indies took to spin in the form of Ashley Nurse to try and control the carnage, but Hendricks welcomed him with two boundaries as South Africa plundered 62 runs from the Power Play. With Brathwaite leaking 42 runs from his three overs and Nurse conceding 22 from his two, Sammy turned to the experienced pair of Bravo and Samuels in the middle overs.
The openers raced past the 100-run mark in less than 12 overs, but with Samuels and Bravo conceding just 22 runs from their first four overs, a little bit of pressure did build up. Kieron Pollard reaped the reward for the good work done by Bravo and Samuels, sending back Hendricks in the 13th over when the batsman, on 42, tried to slog a slower delivery but only managed to miscue it to Smith at deep midwicket to end the 112-run opening stand.
West Indies regained some control over proceedings in the next few overs as Wiese, South Africa's No. 3, struggled to continue the momentum. The scoring rate dipped remarkably and South Africa was 158 for 2 in the 18th over, the last 50 runs having taken six overs. But van Wyk ensured that his good work didn’t go to waste. He smashed the 19th over, bowled by Sheldon Cottrell, for 14 runs to win back the momentum and then finished strongly by hammering Bravo for two sixes in the last over, one that cost 23 runs, in the process bringing up his century off 67 balls.
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