South Africa scraped through for a one-run win over the West Indies in Antigua, winning the T20i series 2-0.
The men from the Caribbean must be thinking how they lost this one. With South Africa setting a below-average target, the Windies should have won quite easily, despite playing on the same slow pitch as the first T20i.
However, the Proteas’ bowling attack saved the visitors’ blushes as they impressed with the ball. Johan Botha earning the Man of the Match award with figures of 3-22 after his four-over spell.
South Africa had a slow and poor first 13 overs as they slumped to 59-5. Graeme Smith, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy failed to gain any momentum while Loots Bosman and Alviro Petersen were dismissed cheaply.
David Miller (33 off 26 balls) and Johan Botha (23 off 22 balls) played a key partnership to add some respectability to the score. Their 59-run contribution helped the Proteas reach 120-7 after their 20 overs.
The Windies lost their openers Chris Gayle and André Fletcher early but Dwayne Brave and Shivnarine Chanderpaul steadied the innings with a 68-run partnership. Needing 43 off the last five overs and with six wickets in hand, victory were surely withing reach for the home team.
But Botha’s three scalps, which included Chanderpaul, Kieorn Pollard and Ramnaresh Sarwan, slowed down the Windies’ chase. Needing three runs off Ryan McLaren’s final ball, Jerome Taylor only managed to get one run and handed the South Africans an undeserved win.
South Africa 120-7 (20 overs)
David Miller 33, Johan Botha 23, Jerome Taylor 3-14.
West Indies 119-7 (20 overs)
Dwayne Bravo 40, Shivnarine Chanderpaul 29, Johan Botha 3-22.
South Africa won by one run
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