Defending Champions West Indies is continuing its horrendous form in the ongoing T20 World Cup. After losing its first game against England by a huge margin, it has now lost its second match against South Africa. With the handy contributions of Reeza Hendricks (39), Rassie van der Dussen (43*), and Aiden Makram (51*), South Africa got a comfortable victory by 8 wickets.
South African batters were dominant while chasing a low score of 144. Even though opener Temba Bavuma got out in the very first over, SA recovered quickly with the contributions from Hendricks and van der Dussan. The duo made a partnership of 57 runs for the second wicket. After Hendricks’ dismissal, Aiden Makram took over the charge. He made a quickfire fifty and also a partnership of 83 runs with van der Dussan and handed over an easy victory to South Africa. Thus, the Proteas scored 144/2 in 18.2 overs.
Just like in the first game, West Indies struggled to bat in this match as well. The only difference is their batting effort was not as bad as it was in the match against England. Openers Evin Lewis (56) and Lendl Simmons started off slowly. After settling in the crease, Lewis opened his arms and smacked South African bowlers all over the park. On the flip side, Simmons was completely out of the game and hasn’t been able to connect the ball properly. After Lewis’ dismissal, the rest of the batters just came and went back to the pavilion in a matter of time. Only skipper Pollard (26) had put in some efforts to get a big total. Dwaine Pretorious (3/17) bagged three wickets and Keshav Maharaj grabbed two wickets for South Africa. All the Protea bowlers were economical in the game.
South Africa will take on Sri Lanka on October 30. West Indies will play its do-or-die match against Bangladesh on October 29.