Markram, bowlers shine as SA beat WI by 8 wickets
By Anjana Kaluarachchi
reporting from Dubai Aiden Markram continued his sublime form, while Rassie Van de Dussen played the role of anchor, after a brilliant display from their bowlers, as South Africa sealed an easy eight wickets win over defending champions West Indies in their T20 World Cup match played here in Dubai yesterday. West Indies now stand bottom of the table in the group - in which Sri Lanka is also in - as they lost two games in a row and their chances of making it to the semi–finals now looks slimmer with three more games to go.
South Africa bowlers showed their dominance by restricting the power packed West Indies line up for just 143, and during the chase they made light work of it as Markram smashed an unbeaten 51 off 26 which saw four sixes and two fours. Together with 43 off 51 by Van de Dussen, the pair added an unbeaten 83 runs stand for the third wicket guiding, them to chase down the target down in 18.2 overs with ten deliveries to spare for the loss of only two wickets.
Earlier, West Indies could not really get going against the South Africa attack, though Evin Lewis’ half century helped them post a difficult 143 for 8, which didn’t seem possible at the half way mark. West Indies had a strange start as Lendl Simmons struggled to get going and batted for 35 deliveries for his 16, which really did not help West Indies cause.
Coming back from 55 all out last Saturday against England, West Indies were looking for a big win here, where Lewis somewhat made up for what Simmons lost with 56 off 35 with six sixes and three fours. West Indies who have real fire power in their batting line up with the likes of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Shimon Hetmyer and Dwayne Bravo, managed only 70 in the last ten overs since they lost Lewis with the scorecard 73 in the 11th over.
Apart from Pollard’s 26, none of the others got going as Keshav Maharaj and Dwaine Pretorius shared five wickets for 41 in their eight overs, while the extra pace by Anrich Nortje made life hard for the Windies, where his four overs realized a measly 14 runs including wicket of Russell.
West Indies: 143 -8 (20.0) (Evin Lewis 56, Kieron Pollard 26, Keshav Maharaj 2-24, Dwaine Pretorius 3-17) South Africa: 144-2 (18.2) (Rassie Van der Dussen not out 43, Aiden Markram not out 51)