The series remains evenly poised after South Africa's victory in the second game, with the stakes now getting higher as the sides wrangle for control in the all-important third T20I.
West Indies vs South Africa, third T20I
National Cricket Stadium, St. Goerge's, Grenada
29 June, 2:00 pm local
After a brilliant display in the opening match, the West Indian batters flattered to deceive in the second game. Skipper Pollard will be hoping for his batsmen to find that devastating touch again, knowing all too well what his unit is capable of on their day. With this in mind, the Caribbean outfit are unlikely to ring in many changes.
Despite setting a similar target to the one in the first match, it was a much-improved performance from the South African bowlers which allowed them to taste victory in the second game. They showcased much better discipline and penetration in attack, which allowed them to tie up the series. The victory would have given a confidence boost to the Proteas, who will look to better their performances, as the series now enters its home stretch.
☝️ Nicholas Pooran— ICC (@ICC) June 28, 2021
☝️ Andre Russell
With two crucial wickets for just 19 runs in four overs, George Linde was the Player of the Match in the second #WIvSA T20I 👏
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South Africa hit back in the second match, bouncing back brilliantly from their defeat in the opening game. The top-three of Reeza Hendricks (42), Quinton de Kock (26) and Temba Bavuma (46) laid the platform as the Proteas put up a score of 166/7 on the board. George Linde and Kagiso Rabada then delivered with the ball, as the visitors restricted a fearsome West Indies batting line-up to a total of 150/9, to level up the series.
What they said:
Kieron Pollard (West Indies captain): "We knew they will come hard at us. I think we lost it between the 7th to the 11th over as we lost three wickets there. We are aggressive players by nature and that is no secret but myself and Pooran needed to control our aggression. We accept that for the team. Their spinners did a pretty good job. In the middle overs, maybe we can rotate a little bit more."
Temba Bavuma (South Africa captain): "The spinners were amazing. George (Linde) bounced back superbly. It makes your game easy as a skipper if your spinners control the game. We wanted to keep our energies high and maintain the intensity. Bowling quick is our strength. Rabada and Nortje try to do that. And also change the pace according to the wicket."
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