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WI vs SA match reduced to 17 overs with a revised target of 123

The West Indies vs South Africa clash at Antigua was reduced to 17 overs with a revised target of 123 after rain intervened in the game during the early stage of the second innings.

With an excellent spell from the Protes men, the West Indies ended up scoring just 135 runs in the allotted 20 overs. While chasing, South Africa kick-started their inning with 12 runs off the first over but Russell’s couple of wickets in the second over turned things down for the chasing team.

With pressure building on both sides, rain made a surprise entry and forced players to move off the field. Nearly an hour later, the match restarted with a revised target of 123 to be scored within 17 overs(by DLS method).

West Indies have won only one of their two Super 8 games while South Africa remains unbeaten in the same. With England already qualified for the semi-finals, still only one spot left out in the group 2.

If South Africa manages to win this game, then the Proteas will qualify for the Semi-finals else West Indies will qualify for the semis as they have a better run rate than SA.

Speaking of the match, winning the toss, South Africa decided to bowl first where Kyle Mayers and Shai Hope opened the inning for West Indies. In the very third delivery of the inning, Marco Jansen dismissed Shai Hope for a golden duck and made an excellent start for South Africa.

In the very next over, Markram dismissed Pooran for one run and loaded pressure over the West Indies batters. Picking a couple of early wickets might not stop West Indies from scoring big.

Windies have a power-packed batting line-up which could explode at any point of the game. With a couple of catch drops in the powerplay, West Indies managed to score 47 runs for 2 wickets loss at the end of the first powerplay.

47 runs is the second-lowest powerplay total for West Indies in this World Cup after 23 vs NZ in Tarouba.

Kyle Mayers and Roston Chase built an 81-run partnership for the third wicket and pushed the team’s score towards a decent number. Shamsi broke the threatening partnership by dismissing Kyle Mayers in the 12th over.

Following his dismissal, West Indies batters struggled to face the South African bowling attack and fell cheaply. Before reaching the 100 runs mark, West Indies lost three more batters and ended up scoring 103 runs for 6 wickets at the end of 16 overs.

In the very next over, death over specialist Andre Russell smashed a couple of sixes and gave relief to the Windies camp.

While the allrounder was expected to execute an exceptional inning in the final three overs, he lost his wicket in the very first ball of the 18th over via run-out dismissal.

Rabada in the same over dismissed Akeal Hosein and spilled just one run of the over. With a six in the final over, West Indies scored 135 runs for 8 wickets loss.

While chasing, South Africa started off the inning with 12 runs off the first over but a couple of wickets in the second over loaded pressure over the South African batters.

Apart from the dismissals, South Africa faced another burden in the form of rain which forced the match to be restricted to 17 overs with a revised target of 123.

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