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South Africa defeated West Indies by 8 wickets to register their first win of T20 World Cup 2021

West Indies are off to a good start after being sent to bat by South Africa skipper in their second match of the T20 World Cup 2021 on Tuesday in Dubai.

After a good start, West Indies lost wickets in quick succession against South Africa. Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons added 73 runs for the opening wicket but it was the former who did all the scoring.

The left-hander smashed three fours and six maximums in his 35-ball 56, while Simmons could never get going. The right-hander wasted 35 balls for his 16 runs. Nicholas Pooran (12), Chris Gayle (12) and Kieron Pollard (26) all got decent starts but could never get going. West Indies put up 143 runs on the board for the loss of 8 wickets.

For South Africa Anrich Nortje (1/14), Kagiso Rabada (1/27) and Keshav Maharaj (2/24) were superb, while Dwaine Pretorius (3/17) too did a great job at the death. West Indies are probably 15-20 runs short. South Africa were very good with their variations and field placements especially that straight fielder for Pollard and Russell.

West Indies need early wickets if they want to defend this total and South Africa have gifted them one in the very first over. South African captain Temba Bavuma knocked Akeal Hosein towards mid-on and wanted to steal a quick single but Andre Russell reacted quickly and got the direct hit. Bavuma was never going to make it and West Indies have got the early breakthrough. Hendricks departs for 39 off 30 by Akeal Hosein.

Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen stitched a match-winning partnership of 83 just 54 balls for South Africa.

Aiden Markram (51*), Rassie van der Dussen (43*) and Reeza Hendricks (39) guided South Africa to their first win of this year’s tournament. A convincing win for the Proteas.

Nortje | Player of the Match: 100 per cent, it’s (playing IPL in the UAE) helped me quite a lot. It’s helped us as well being able to give some information to the team on conditions, that’s probably the situation for all the players in all the teams. Just having the confidence of knowing the conditions and understanding what to do, when to do it definitely has helped me come here.

It was a good wicket, similar to the IPL, playing around with the ball with the grip – definitely, it brings in some extra variation and something else to the bowlers. It’s always nice working with him (Rabada), his ideas and knowledge about games in the situation. It’s not a lot about skill anymore, it’s about understanding and communication on the field. It’s really nice to have him around.

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