West Indies complete 3-0 T20I series rout of South Africa


West Indies completed a 3-0 sweep of their T20I series with South Africa after an eight-wicket thrashing of the Proteas at Sabina Park on Sunday.

West Indies complete 3-0 T20I series rout of South Africa
West Indies complete 3-0 T20I series rout of South Africa

Set 164 to win, the Caribbean side raced towards the target with 6.1 overs to spare and for the loss of just two wickets.

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Openers Brandon King and Johnson Charles made 92 in 6.4 overs, with Charles in particular punishing the tourists by hitting 69 from just 26 balls.

Charles hit 14 of those 26 balls for boundaries, including five sixes.

Kyle Mayers came in and kept the momentum going and when stand-in skipper King departed for 44, West Indies were 130-2 with 9.1 overs remaining.

Mayers finished with 36 runs as the West Indies ensured they head into the T20 World Cup, which they will co-host with the United States, with confidence.

“I'm happy with my own performance,” King said. “But I would have liked to carry my bat all the way. It was an important 3-0 victory, the last series before the World Cup, so important preparation and good momentum before the World Cup.

“Our bowling performance was very good, we were consistent throughout,” added King. “Gudakesh Motie and other different contributors. It just goes to show that a lot of our key players are missing. I'm looking forward to meeting the rest of the boys before the World Cup.”

West Indies' squad for the tournament will include several players who missed this series like skipper Rovman Powell and Andre Russell.

South Africa could count on stand-in captain Rassie van der Dussen to set a half-decent target.

Van der Dussen hit five sixes in his crucial innings, putting on 77 in 8.1 overs in a fifth wicket partnership with Wiaan Mulder.

West Indies left-arm pacer Obed McCoy, called into the World Cup squad on Sunday to replace the injured Jason Holder, took 3-39 in four overs.

Fast bowler Shamar Joseph took 2-26 in four overs while Motie took 2-21 in his three overs.

Van der Dussen did not spare his analyzes on the series defeat.

“Quite disappointing. This is not what we had in mind when we came here,” he said. “From the first game they attacked us everywhere. We couldn't adapt and today we didn't find answers with the ball. I'm not happy about that.

“The discussion today was that you can argue all you want but you have to deliver in the middle. We couldn't do that today. The time for talking is over, we will need our experienced people to take on more responsibility. There is no excuse,” he added.

“We were surprised by the way they played with the bat and they were better with the ball simple as that. We were given a few lessons.”

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