South Africa qualify for semi-final with three-wicket win over West Indies in Super 8 clash

Chasing a revised target of 123 runs in 17 overs due to rain, the Proteas completed the chase in 16.1 overs

South Africa qualify for semi-final with three-wicket win over West Indies in Super 8 clash PHOTO: AFP

South Africa triumphed over West Indies by three wickets (DLS method) on Monday at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua.

Chasing a target of 136 runs, South Africa faced an early setback as their openers, Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks, were dismissed for low scores by Andre Russell. Soon after, rain interrupted the match, leading to a revised target of 123 runs under the DLS method with only three overs lost.

Captain Aiden Markram resumed the chase aggressively but was dismissed after making just 18 runs. Tristian Stubbs (29) and Heinrich Klaasen (22) spearheaded South Africa's recovery, although the West Indies bowlers consistently took wickets to maintain the pressure.

Despite the loss of David Miller for a mere 4 runs, South Africa managed to achieve the target. Contributions from Marci Jansen (21) and Rabada ensured a victory for the Proteas with five balls remaining.

Earlier, Tabraiz Shamsi claimed impressive figures of 3-27 as the West Indies managed to score 135-8 after South Africa elected to bowl first. Replacing seamer Ottneil Baartman, the left-arm wrist-spinner received strong support from fellow slow bowlers Keshav Maharaj, who recorded 1-24, and captain Aiden Markram, who finished with 1-28, at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

Roston Chase, who was dropped on 11 by Anrich Nortje, top-scored for the West Indies with 52 off 42 balls, hitting three fours and two sixes. His crucial 81-run partnership for the third wicket with Kyle Mayers, who contributed 35 off 34 balls, helped stabilize the innings after a shaky start left the hosts at 5-2 in the second over.

Shamsi broke the partnership by dismissing Mayers with a sliced catch to deep cover. Following this, a regular fall of wickets allowed South Africa to keep the West Indies' total in check. At 117-6, Nortje redeemed his earlier mistake by executing a direct hit to run out the dangerous Andre Russell, who had hit two sixes in his brief 15 off nine balls.