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King leads Windies to emphatic victory over Proteas

Brandon King scored an imperious half-century to inspire the West Indies to a stunning 28-run victory over South Africa in their T20 international match at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica, on Thursday.

The West Indies, who were asked to bat first, scored 175 for eight.

In response, South Africa limped their way to 147 in 19.5 overs.

This is the largest margin by which the West Indies have defeated South Africa in this format.

They lead the three-game series 1-0.

King, who has been away from the West Indies team due to injury, made a triumphant return to international cricket.

The 29-year-old smashed six fours and six sixes on his way to 79 off 45 deliveries for his 10th half-century in T20Is.

The West Indies captain dominated the first six overs, turning everyone at Sabina Park, including the South African fielders and his batting partners, into spectators as he registered a 26-ball half-century, his fastest half-ton in the format.

It was King’s spectacle as he scored 29 of the 36 runs in his opening stand with Johnson Charles and then 50 of the 79 runs in his second-wicket partnership with Kyle Mayers.

King’s approach allowed Mayers, who did not get a chance to play for his team, the Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL, time to calm down and get his bearings.

At one point, Mayers had scored a pedestrian 10 runs off nine deliveries.

However, when he was dismissed 3.4 overs later, he had accelerated to 34 off 25 balls.

The West Indies lost their way after both batsmen were dismissed.

They scored 40 runs in the next 6.3 overs. In that period, Roston Chase kept one end intact with a procession of wickets at the other.

He went undefeated, fighting 32 out of 30.

DEBUT TO REMEMBER

Ottniel Baartman created a sensation on debut by becoming the fourth South African bowler to take three wickets on debut.

He got three wickets for 26 runs in his four overs. Those figures made him the visitors’ most successful bowler.

Andile Phehlukwayo also took three wickets in his four overs but conceded more runs.

However, their effort was not enough and the difference between both teams was the bowling.

The West Indies deployed their spinners, four in total, and wove webs around the visitors.

The home players got twice as much ball control as the South African players, part-time breaks from Bjorn Fortuin and Reeza Hendricks.

After bowling his single over, which went for just eight runs, Hendricks fought a solitary battle with the bat for South Africa.

He showcased his full range of shots as he powered his way to a career-best T20I score of 87 off 51, his 15th half-century in T20Is.

His sublime knock took South Africa to a decent total. He had six fours and six sixes.

When he wasn’t scoring runs, Hendricks watched wickets fall at the other end.

The West Indies bowling attack started well, taking three wickets in the Powerplay and the first two in the first two overs.

They lost their left-handed pair of Quinton de Kock and Ryan Rickelton in the space of eight deliveries.

Matthew Breetzke reset South Africa’s compass with three consecutive boundaries.

MOVIE MAGIC

However, Breetzke’s reaction was short-lived as Shamar Joseph caught him lbw in the fifth over.

South Africa had a glimmer of hope when Rassie van der Dussen joined Hendricks in the middle.

The experienced campaigners created a 42-run fourth-wicket partnership as they consolidated.

Van der Dussen’s dismissal was quickly followed by the wicket of Wiaan Mulder.

The visitors’ hope of getting close to the West Indies’ total failed 3.1 overs after Mulder’s dismissal.

After failing to make connection with the ball several times, Andile Phehlukwayo flat batted an Obed McCoy delivery straight to Matthew Forde at mid-wicket.

With all the recognized hitters back in the locker room, Hendricks cultivated the strike as much as he could.

The 34-year-old shared a 39-run ninth-wicket partnership with Lungi Ngidi and the big pacer only contributed five runs.

Like South Africa, West Indies had two bowlers with three wickets each, Matthew Forde and Gudakesh Motie.

Motie, who took three wickets for 25 runs in four overs, not only had the best figures for his team but also in the match.

Forde took three for 27 in 2.5 overs.


ANTILLES: Brandon King (captain), Johnson Charles, Kyle Mayers, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Fabian Allen, Matthew Forde, Akeal Hosein, Gudakesh Motie, Shamar Joseph, Obed McCoy.

SOUTH AFRICA: Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Ryan Rickelton, Matthew Breetzke, Rassie van der Dussen (captain), Wiaan Milder, Andile Phehlukhwayo, Gerald Coetzee, 9 Bjorn Fortuin, Ottneil Baartman, Lungi Ngidi.

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