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West Indies vs South Africa, 50th Match, Super Eights, Group 2 at North Sound, T20 World Cup, Jun 23 2024 - Match Result

50th Match, Super Eights, Group 2 (N), North Sound, June 23, 2024, ICC Men's T20 World Cup
(16.1/17 ov, T:123) 124/7

South Africa won by 3 wickets (with 5 balls remaining) (DLS method)

Player Of The Match
Cricinfo's MVP
139.36 ptsImpact List
Match centre 
Scores: K Vairavan | Comms: Shashwat Kumar
Scorecard summary
West Indies 135/8(20 overs)
35 (34)
1/11 (2)
South Africa 124/7(16.1 overs)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
I. Runs
B. Impact
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact

1:25am And...breathe. A tense low-scoring thriller, perhaps encapsulating the stakes and the pressure both sets of players were feeling. South Africa, though, held their nerve just enough and march on to the semi-finals, still undefeated and unblemished. A much more frustrating night for the hosts, although they can hold their head high, knowing they gave it absolutely everything with the ball.

Hope you enjoyed our coverage, and there is more T20 World Cup action lined up in the near future, with India taking on Australia and Bangladesh clashing with Afghanistan, and those matches will finalise who will face who in the semi-final. Do join us for those games. Until then, this is goodbye from me, Thilak, Vairavan and everyone else at ESPNcricinfo. Take care, everyone!

Aiden Markram, South Africa captain: A lot of relief to get through to the semi-final. Not going to be brain-washed by that. We would have liked to be more convincing with bat in hand. After the rain break, the wicket was playing nicely. Did not get the partnerships to then kill the game. Tried to kill it (the chase) too early. Massive for us and fantastic for the change room but hopefully we can avoid those tricky situations (moving forward). I thought we bowled really well, assessed conditions and kept them to a sub-par total. Just appreciating and understanding the need to build partnerships. Big fan of trying to kill the game early but tonight, we just did that a little early and a good lesson to learn from today. Hopefully we do not repeat that (mistake). We picked Shamsi, wanting to have a mystery spinner. We identified a possible opportunity. Wanted some spin in the powerplay and saw it turn. Wanted as much spin as possible (thereafter) and bowled as many overs of spin. When KG only bowls two overs, it speaks of how the wicket played. (On improvements that need to be made) The bowling unit has been firing for us, which has been fantastic. Being more clinical with the bat, understanding when it is time to take it on and when to knock it around. (On any preference of semi-final opponent) Whoever it might be, we have not played our best game of cricket yet, so we will try to put it together for the semi-final.

Rovman Powell, West Indies captain: Credit has to be given to the boys, they fought till the very end. As a batting group, this is a performance you'd want to forget. We did not bat well in the middle. It was not an easy wicket, especially to get started. In the middle overs, we lost wickets in clusters. That broke the back of our batting team. It was a commendable bowling effort. We said we wanted to give it our all. They (the team) believed even if it was only 135 (on the board). When you look on a large scale, we have not won the World Cup or in the semi-final, but if you look at the cricket we have played in the last 15 months, to go from No.9 to No.3 in the rankings, it is commendable. There is a lot of buzz in the Caribbean around West Indian cricket, and now is where the work starts. Continue to work together as a group and make the Caribbean people proud. (On the crowd support) They have been fantastic. Every venue we have played and all the social media likes and stuff they have given us, we really appreciate that as a team. Good to see some buzz is back and for long, it had died down. Now, people are rallying around the players. When we hear the anthem, as players, we feel something and that is heading in the right direction. Thanks to the people of Antigua for coming out (tonight). Not just people in Antigua but to everyone in the Caribbean, thanks for coming out.

Tabraiz Shamsi, Player of the Match: I am sweating, and I was not even out there. Quite nervy out there but that has been the theme this World Cup. We have been finding ways to win and tonight was another one of those. (On the six that won the game) We were looking at Jansen's reaction and he seemed pretty confident and the boys then went crazy. The people out there, our supporters, would probably like bigger wins. But things like this, it keeps us in check. We have been able to overcome such (pressure) moments and that keeps us in good stead. The last time I played here, I went for 50 runs. I just had to back my plans, got the backing from the coaching staff to come back here, and happy I could do my role. The guys who bowled before me, set it up. From the first game, we have won it as a team, not about individuals. We have so many match-winners, each is capable of winning the game for his team. Little bits of contribution here and there are taking us over the line, and there is no pressure (on us). (On what they were thinking during the rain delay) Always a one-sided affair with South Africa, World Cups and rain. But the boys were really calm in the shed and no such crazy thoughts running around in the background.

1am Well, South Africa made heavy weather of this run-chase. They should not have brought it this deep, but like most games this campaign, they did. And they triumphed at the end of it all. Jansen, who collided with Rabada earlier in the day and was off the field for a while, stood tall, remaining unbeaten on 21 and keeping his head while everyone around him lost theirs.

There were notable contributions from Stubbs and Klaasen, although the former would be ruing the way he was dismissed. Klaasen's cameo, on the other hand, brought the required run-rate under control, meaning that even when SA lost wickets, they were never fretting over the scoring rate.

A disappointing night for the West Indies and their fans. They bowled their heart out, contending with a wet ball and almost pulled off the unthinkable. Chase was brilliant and it was heart-breaking that the only boundary he conceded in his spell came off the last ball, when SA needed 9 off 7. Joseph was equally enterprising, whereas Russell's early scalps kept the West Indies in the game.

Having said that, the hosts were always playing catch-up because of how little they had to play with. And that is perhaps what they will brood over, as their T20 World Cup campaign comes to an end.

McCoy to Jansen, SIX runs

Jansen finishes it with one blow! The West Indies are out, and South Africa win another final-over thriller! The crowd is stunned into silence, and that is because South Africa have come up clutch, on an evening of rain and DLS! Slot ball just outside off, and Jansen gives it the lot. Plants his front foot, swings through the line and clubs it flat over the long on fence. Did not clear the boundary by much but did so by enough. Pumped-up celebrations from those in the South African camp and from their fans, and they are now two games away from winning the entire thing!

Wow, that boundary has changed things. 5 needed off the final over, which will be bowled by McCoy. Again, this might have become South Africa's game to lose. Can WI pull this out of the fire? Deep square leg, deep mid wicket, long on and long off are on the fence, along with deep point

end of over 168 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 118/7CRR: 7.37 RRR: 5.00 • Need 5 from 6b
Kagiso Rabada5 (3b 1x4)
Marco Jansen15 (13b 1x4)
Roston Chase 3-0-12-3
Alzarri Joseph 4-0-25-2
Chase to Rabada, FOUR runs

what a shot under pressure by Rabada! In the slot outside off and Rabada climbs into it. Channels his inner Brian Lara and crunches this to extra cover's left. Long off had no chance!

9 off 7. Rabada might want to play in even numbers this ball. Dot, two, four, or six - anything will work for SA

Chase to Rabada, 2 byes

more extras! Back of a length just outside leg. Rabada has a swipe across the line and misses. Pooran cannot gather either, and SA get two byes!

Two balls left. How does Rabada play it from here? 11 off 8

Chase to Jansen, 1 run

fullish just outside off. Jansen stretches forward and whips it towards deep mid wicket. Just a single

12 off 9

Chase to Rabada, 1 run

darted in on a length on middle and leg. Rabada nurdles it enough to Powell's left at short mid wicket and gets Jansen on strike

Rabada is the new batter in. Surely the brief should be to feed Jansen as much of the strike as possible? Chase goes around the wicket

Chase to Maharaj, OUT

in the air, and taken! Listen to the noise at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium! The West Indies believe, and their fans are starting to believe too! Throws up the temptation outside off and Maharaj cannot resist it. Skips down the track, looking to go over long off but all he manages is a shanked attempt straight into Joseph's palms!

Keshav Maharaj c Joseph b Chase 2 (6b 0x4 0x6 9m) SR: 33.33
Chase to Maharaj, no run

back of a length outside off. Maharaj hangs back and stabs it towards the bowler

You can cut the tension with a knife at this point. 13 needed off 12. Chase to bowl. Maharaj on strike. Who can hold their nerve better? The last over will have to be bowled by one of Motie or McCoy, both of whom have been expensive tonight

end of over 156 runs
SA: 110/6CRR: 7.33 RRR: 6.50 • Need 13 from 12b
Marco Jansen14 (12b 1x4)
Keshav Maharaj2 (4b)
Alzarri Joseph 4-0-25-2
Roston Chase 2-0-6-2
Alzarri Joseph to Jansen, no run

dug in short on middle and off. Jansen hops up onto his toes and drops it into the off side

13 off 13

Alzarri Joseph to Jansen, 2 runs

safe! Shortish outside off. Jansen stands tall and punches it aerially past extra cover. Russell misfields on the fence and that allows Jansen to get back for two

Alzarri Joseph to Maharaj, 1 run

hard length on middle and off. Maharaj bunts it into the mid wicket region and Jansen calls him through for the single. Joseph not happy the run was conceded. He wanted the fielder to be sharper and more on his toes

Alzarri Joseph to Maharaj, no run

hard length outside off. Might have been a change-up because it meddles with Maharaj's timing. Misses his dab altogether

Alzarri Joseph to Jansen, 1 run

back of a length just outside off. Jansen gets up on his toes and pushes it towards deep cover point

Alzarri Joseph to Jansen, 2 runs

full on middle and leg. Jansen flicks it uppishly but fortunately for him, it clears the fielder at mid wicket. Jansen gets two for his toil

Joseph into the attack for his final over. This could be a massive moment in the game

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end of over 144 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 104/6CRR: 7.42 RRR: 6.33 • Need 19 from 18b
Marco Jansen9 (8b 1x4)
Keshav Maharaj1 (2b)
Roston Chase 2-0-6-2
Andre Russell 4-0-19-2
Chase to Jansen, 1 run

full outside off. Jansen lunges forward and knocks it past the bowler to retain strike

Chase to Jansen, 2 runs

length on middle and off. Jansen turns it enough to deep backward square leg's left and scampers back for two. Smart batting!

Chase to Jansen, no run

length outside off. Goes straight on with the arm and takes the outside edge of Jansen's bat, dribbling towards short third

Chase to Maharaj, 1 run

dragged down on off stump. Maharaj rocks back and pulls it on the bounce to long on

Chase to Maharaj, no run

shortish outside off and this spins back a mile. Almost cuts Maharaj in half and he does well to get some bat on it

Maharaj is the latest to try his luck with the bat. 23 off 23

Chase to Stubbs, OUT

Stubbs departs now! And Chase is turning this game on its head! Fullish on off, and Stubbs thinks he can deposit this into the ocean. The ball, though, sticks in the surface just enough and seems to get big on Stubbs. Does not get the contact he desires and spoons it straight to Mayers at long on. Wow, this game is alive!

Tristan Stubbs c Mayers b Chase 29 (27b 4x4 0x6 55m) SR: 107.4
end of over 136 runs
SA: 100/5CRR: 7.69 RRR: 5.75 • Need 23 from 24b
Tristan Stubbs29 (26b 4x4)
Marco Jansen6 (5b 1x4)
Andre Russell 4-0-19-2
Roston Chase 1-0-2-1
Russell to Stubbs, 1 run

speared in full on off. Stubbs gets forward and flicks it to long on to retain strike

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
RL Chase
52 runs (42)
3 fours2 sixes
Productive shot
slog sweep
12 runs
0 four2 sixes
KR Mayers
35 runs (34)
3 fours2 sixes
Productive shot
on drive
7 runs
0 four1 six
Best performances - bowlers
RL Chase
T Shamsi
Match details
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
TossSouth Africa, elected to field first
Player Of The Match
Match numberT20I no. 2720
Match days23 June 2024 - night (20-over match)
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsSouth Africa 2, West Indies 0
Win Probability
SA 100%
100%50%100%WI InningsSA Innings

Over 17 • SA 124/7

South Africa won by 3 wickets (with 5 balls remaining) (DLS method)
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