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ICC World T20: West Indies beat South Africa by 3 wickets to enter Semis

Updated: 26 March 2016 13:17 IST - Published: 25 March 2016 18:25 IST
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So then, after a cracking day of cricket, the tournament rolls on.. We will see you tomorrow for another doubleheader and will be ready with our coverage. See you!
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Faf du Plessis: " We were chasing the game the entire time and were always half a step behind. Probably 10 runs short.. will now have to wait and watch results of the other teams. West Indies were better than us today, and credit to them."
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Darren Sammy: " I had butterflies in my stomach, we came here to take that one step to qualify and we achieved that. We will celebrate this win."
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Marlon Samuels: " The pitch was on the slower side so had to bat accordingly. tye bowlers have been doing a good job, hopefully, they continue throughout the tournament. Badree and Benn have bowled well and we have managed to get early wickets. We have a mix of different players in the team."
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This result means West Indies join New Zealand as the only two teams to have qualified for the semis. South Africa still have a chance, but they will have to hope that Sri Lanka defeat England tomorrow. For England, the equation is simple: defeat Sri Lanka, and progress to the semis. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, would likely have to win both their remaining matches to have any hope of progressing, because their net run rate is currently the worst of the 3.
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Marlon Samuels is the player of the match for his 44-ball 43.
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Tahir, Wiese and Phangiso bowled well, but Rabada's profligacy was too much to overcome. In a low-scoring game you can't have your main strike bowler leaking runs and extras by the dozen; you just can't. The young pacer has a lot to learn, and hopefully he'll learn how to control his bowling soon.
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Johnson Charles was steady for the Caribbean men at the top, and Marlon Samuels rode his luck to an entertaining 44, which proved to be good enough for a chase of 122. Brathwaite played a handy role towards the end too, and his six off the 2nd ball of Rabada's over was the blow that ended South Africa's hopes.
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At the end of the day, there were not enough runs on the board.
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Credit to the South African bowlers for not giving up, but West Indies always had this in the bag. The total was not big enough to really trouble the batsmen, and with West Indies' batting depth it was always going to be an uphill task for the Proteas.
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19.4 Rabada to Ramdin, 1 run, DROPPED by Amla at short third man. Ramdin guided a slower ball uppishly to shirt third where Amla jumped but cannot control the ball, and they cross over and Windies are in the semis.
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And another dropped catch gives West Indies a boundary, which means South Africa are all but eliminated from the World T20!
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Ramdin taking his time as he prepares to face his 1st ball, and Brathwaite comes up for a few words of advice.
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The scores are tied now, and Rabada will have to channel his inner Hardik Pandya to get a favourable result for SA here.
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19.3 Rabada to Brathwaite, 1 run, flicked off one leg to deep squre leg.
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Rabada follows that meek ball by a wide, and his reputation as a death overs bowler is taking a serious hit.
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19.3 Rabada to Brathwaite, 1 wide, slides it down the leg side.
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Another length ball, but this one fails miserably! Brathwaite gets hold of that and heaves it way into the stands. Just 3 to win off 4 balls now, and save for a Bangladeh-esque choke, this match belongs to West Indies.
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19.2 Rabada to Brathwaite, 6 runs, connects now and smacks it clean over long on. Pressure what pressure?
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Rabada goes for length, but it works! Brathwaite swings at thin air, and now it's 10 to win off 5. Tension, tension, tension!
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19.1 Rabada to Brathwaite, no run, Brathwaite cannot connect with the back of lenght ball and he misses again.
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How has the game come here. West Indies will wonder.
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Brathwaite pats the ball away safely for a single, which means West Indies need 9 to win off 6 balls. Rabada is likely to bowl the last over; can he control his line and length to deliver South Africa an unlikely victory?
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9 runs required of the final over.
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18.6 Morris to Brathwaite, 1 run, dropped on the on side and they cross over for a single.