Ryan McLaren’s fifer helped South Africa record a 13-run victory against the West Indies in the first T20i.
Both teams were eager to pick up a win after their early exits from the World T20 a week ago. However, on a difficult batting surface, it would be easy feat.
South Africa were ordered to bat by Windies skipper Chris Gayle, and it looked like the right decision after Loots Bosman was dismissed in the fourth over as the Proteas had a slow start to the innings.
However, skipper Graeme Smith (37) and Jacques Kallis (53) picked up the run-chase with a 73-run partnership. However, after the duo fell, the South African batting line-up failed to adapt to the conditions and slumped to a modest 136-7.
With the ball, McLaren made an immediate impact as the first change bowler, dismissing openers Gayle and Andre Flecther in his first two overs. From then on, the Windies’ batsmen failed to find momentum on the slow pitch as the Proteas’ bowlers dominated.
Kieron Pollard provided the only form of resistance as he top scored with 27 as the home team eventually fell short.
South Africa 136-7 (20 overs)
Jacques Kallis 53, Graeme Smith 37, Kieron Pollard 2-22.
West Indies 123 (19.5 overs)
Kieron Pollard 27, Dwayne Bravo 20, Ryan McLaren 5-19.
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