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SA beat West Indies in final-over thriller

South African pace bowler Kagiso Rabada defended 15 runs in the final over, while Tabraiz Shamsi continued his sublime form with the ball to hand the visitors a one-run win against West Indies in the third T20 International here.

Updated Jun 30, 2021 06:03 AM

SA beat West Indies in final-over thriller

With 15 runs needed off the final over, West Indies came very close as Fabian Allen hit the final ball for a six, but the hosts could not upend the target of 167/8 in 20 overs and managed 166/7 to lose by a solitary run on Tuesday.

The Proteas now lead the five-match series 2-1. The visitors have already won the two-match Test series 2-0.

Andre Russell smashed three sixes in his 25, while Nicholas Pooran made 27 as they shared a sixth-wicket partnership of 46 in four overs.

South Africa's bowling hero was Tabraiz Shamsi -- the left-arm chinaman -- who had figures of 2/13 in his four overs and earned the Player-of-the-Match award.

Earlier, West Indies left-arm pace bowler Obed McCoy continued his impressive run of form as the 24-year-old took a career-best 4/22 off four overs to better the previous best of 3/25 on Sunday (June 27).

McCoy received good support from Dwayne Bravo, who took 3/25 off his four overs. They stemmed the flow of runs as West Indies looked to restrict the Proteas under 150 but Quinton de Kock made a huge impact with his 51-ball 72 and Rassie van der Dussen scored a 24-ball 32 to guide the visitors to a modest 167/8.

Brief scores: South Africa 167/8 in 20 overs (Q de Kock 72, R van der Dussen 32; O McCoy 4/22, D Bravo 3/25) beat West Indies 166/7 in 20 overs (E Lewis 27, N Pooran 26, A Russell 25; A Nortje 2/29, T Shamsi 2/13) by one run.

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