South Africa turned the table of the West Indies in the second match of their Twenty20 series, winning by 16 matches to level the series of five matches 1-1 in Saint Lucia (Grenanda). Just 24 hours after losing the opening game with eight cash, South Africa’s unchanged squad created an improved but still imperfect bowling and pitch performance to limit the West Indies to 150-9 in response to their 166-7 on Sunday.
The match remained alive until the final, thanks to the excellent inning of the rear guard by Fabian Allen, whose 34 tracks of 12 balls included five sixes. West India reached the final too bowling from Lungi Ngidi needing 36 tracks to win – six sixes. Alan raised their hopes with highs from the first two balls. After a point ball, wide kept their weak chances alive. Allen’s third six created an opportunity for an unusual finish, but he was trapped on the next ball and South Africa continued.
At first, Sunday’s match looked eerily similar to the first match in the series at the same venue. South Africa lost the throw again, was sent off, and her wadding performance followed the pattern of the day before when she did 160-6 in an inning that started well and then failed.
On Sunday, Reese Hendrix (42) and Quinton de Cock (26) placed 73 for South Africa’s first goal, and captain Temba Bavuma made 46 of 33 balls to steer South Africa to 96-1 in the middle of the inning.
But the second half of the inning did not match the first and only two other batsmen, David Miller (11) and Heinrich Klaassen (10) reached double digits. The last four straps produced only 27 tracks. Lunch McCoy took 3-25 of his four overs and Kevin Sinclair 2-23.
Evin Lewis, whose victory in match 71 steered West India to victory in the first match, began its inning on Sunday in the same way as it did the day before, with a six in the first over.
After that promising start, he fell by 21, and the West India inning lacked the anchor that Louis provided in the first game. Andre Fletcher made 35 of 36 balls and the West Indies looked in a reasonable position at 62-2 in the ninth. But the hosts collapsed to 70-5 and the chase suddenly became terrifying, the required running speed climbed at one point to 13.
The pitch was slower and he turned more than a day earlier, bringing the South African spinners into the match. George Linde, who made the ball bounce and turn sharply, took 2-19.
“We looked hard (after the first game),” Linde said. “We had a team chat this morning. We had to look in the mirror.
“We know we could have done better yesterday and fortunately today it turned out well for us. I felt the terrain was slower today and turned more. It also bounced back and when that happens, I’m always happy.”
The third T20 is on Tuesday.