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West Indies vs South Africa, SA in WI, 3 T20I Series, 2024 Full score card

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1st T20I, Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica, 24 May, 2024

West Indies

WI

175/8

(20.0) overs

South Africa

SA

147/10

(19.5) overs

West Indies beat South Africa by 28 runs

Player Of The Match

Brandon King,
West Indies
West Indies
Summary
Scorecard
Commentary
News
South Africa
West Indies

South Africa • 147/10 (19.5 overs)

R Hendricks 87 (51)

M Breetzke 19 (13)

G Motie 3/25 (4)

M Forde 3/27 (2.5)

West Indies • 175/8 (20.0 overs)

B King 79 (45)

K Mayers 34 (25)

O Baartman 3/26 (4)

A Phehlukwayo 3/28 (4)

Commentary

Right then, that is it from this first encounter, where West Indies take an early lead with a convincing performance. They will look to seal it next one while South Africa will fight hard to level the series. The two teams will battle it out again in the 2nd T20I on 26th May, Sunday. That match will begin at 12.30 am IST (7 pm GMT, Previous Day), but as you know, you can always join us early for all the build-up to the game. Until then, cheers and goodbye!

Brandon King, the victorious skipper of West Indies is also the PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his fabulous knock. He says that it was important to win and he is happy with the way his team played in this game. Adds that they knew they had to go hard against the new ball as it would have gotten tougher after that. Tells that they had 200-220 on their mind with the wickets in hand, but it was not easy on this wicket. Praises Gudakesh Motie and says that he is a smart and skillful bowler who varies his pace and knows the conditions well. Credits Matthew Forde for his comeback and says he has a lot of confidence and getting early wickets should give him even more confidence. Ends by saying that they have had some chats about how they will play in the World Cup and says that he was most impressed by his bowlers in this game.

Rassie van der Dussen, the captain of South Africa says that they took a bit long to get into the game and the first 10 overs is where the opposition won the game and 150 was a par score on this track. Adds that the wicket just played a bit differently than anticipated and the tactical changes came late but they will take the learning and will be better in the next game. On Andile Phehlukwayo, he says that in these conditions, he is very tough to get away and adds that Ottniel Baartman was someone who summed up the conditions well and is glad that he was able to make his debut. End by saying that they still got 50 runs in the Powerplay and had a couple of batters in but lost wickets in the middle phase and lauds Reeza Hendricks for the way he played.

Presentation Time...

Earlier in the game, West Indies posted a decent total on the board courtesy of a fabulous fifty from skipper Brandon King along with good contributions from Kyle Mayers and Roston Chase. However, they would have still been disappointed as with the start that they got, they should have scored something around 200 or even more. South African bowlers did well after the Powerplay and pulled things back to restrict the hosts. Andile Phehlukwayo was exceptional and picked up three wickets while debutant Ottniel Baartman was also brilliant and ended with three scalps as well. Gerald Coetzee chipped in with one too. While chasing, South Africa could not really get going, but Reeza Hendricks was the lone warrior for them registering his highest individual score in this format but ending up on the losing side.

West Indies, on the other hand, were fantastic with the new ball. Matthew Forde set the tone by getting rid of QDK in the first over. Roston Chase followed that with another wicket with the help of some sharp glove work from Andre Fletcher. Shamar Joseph added more woes to the Proteas with his maiden T20I wicket putting the visitors on the back foot. They allowed a bit of a partnership in the middle but the introduction of Gudakesh Motie after the drinks break proved to be game-changing. He removed the opposition skipper with his first delivery and dismissed Wiaan Mulder for a duck in the same over. Obed McCoy bowled well as well in the middle phase and got a couple of crucial wickets. They did take a bit of a beating from Reeza Hendricks but Forde closed the game in the last over getting the last two wickets.

South Africa were rocked early as Quinton de Kock was dismissed in the first over right after playing a beautiful straight drive. Things got even worse when debutant Ryan Rickelton lost his wicket and Matthew Breetzke too followed suit after a few lusty blows. Reeza Hendricks struggled initially but held one end and steadied the ship along with his skipper Rassie van der Dussen. However, that did not last long as they added 42 runs together before the skipper perished right after the drinks break. That started a collapse for them as they went from 77/3 to 108/8 in a blink of an eye as no middle-order batter could make much impact. Hendricks fought a lone battle scoring a valiant half-century. He needed some support from the other end that never arrived. Hendricks still did not give up and continued to fight from one end. He was finally dismissed in the last over after scoring 87 off just 51 balls as in the end, South Africa fell short by 28 runs.

WEST INDIES TAKE THE EARLY INITIATIVE IN THE SERIES! A clinical performance from the Windies as they were right on the money while defending this total and this is also their biggest win over the Proteas in this format. Brandon King has a big smile on his face as he gets the win on his captaincy debut. However, we must talk about Reeza Hendricks as he played an exceptional knock for South Africa albeit in a losing clause.

19.5W

OUT! TIMBER! Matthew Forde goes full and quick and spears it in at the stumps, Ottniel Baartman stays back in his crease and clears the front leg for the big heave across the line but is beaten all ends up. The ball goes on to smash into the stumps and it's all over. South Africa are bundled out for 147 and West Indies win by 28 runs.

Ottniel Baartman is the last man in.

19.4W

OUT! CAUGHT! Matthew Forde does eventually get his man but what a knock that was from Reeza Hendricks. Back-of-the-hand slower ball, pitched up right around middle, Reeza Hendricks looks to get under it and lifts it high towards deep mid-wicket. The elevation is there but not the distance and Kyle Mayers settles himself under the ball to take an easy catch.

19.30

Full again and around middle, Reeza Hendricks doesn't get under it and hits it straight to long on.

19.26

SIX! This is some hitting from Reeza Hendricks and this is now his highest score in T20Is. Pitched up right in the slot on middle and leg, Hendricks smashes the ball across the line and over deep square leg for a biggie.

19.14

FOUR! Oh, that is tentative bowling from Matthew Forde but he just about gets away with it. The ball slips out and Forde ends up bowling a high full toss on the hips, Reeza Hendricks helps it behind square leg for a boundary.

Matthew Forde (2-0-17-1) to bowl the last over.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 137/8

L Ngidi5 (8)

R Hendricks77 (47)

F Allen4-0-32-0

18.60

Nice and full again at the stumps, driven straight back towards the bowler.

18.51

Fired into the blockhole around off, Reeza Hendricks lofts it down to wide long off and picks up a single.

18.46

SIX! That is massive! Angled into middle and leg, quite full too, Reeza Hendricks takes the front leg out of the way and whacks it over deep square leg for a biggie.

18.36

SIX! Reeza Hendricks raking up the runs knowing that he is fighting a lost cause. A bit into the pitch and outside off, Hendricks reaches out and flat-bats it over long on for a maximum.

18.20

On a length and outside off, hit away down to long off for no run.

18.10

Quick and flat around off stump and staying low as well, Reeza Hendricks looks to pull but is well beaten.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 124/8

L Ngidi5 (7)

R Hendricks64 (42)

S Joseph3-0-20-1

17.60

Fuller delivery on middle, a low full toss rather and Lungi Ngidi toe-ends it back to the biowler.

17.51

Bowled a bit slower and full at the stumps, Reeza Hendricks gets the heave off the cue end of the bat and to the left of mid on and this time, he takes the single.

17.44

FOUR! Excellent shot! Full and quick at the stumps, Reeza Hendricks stays deep in the crease and gets leg side of the ball before using quick hands and slashing it wide of deep point for a boundary.

17.30

This is banged in short over middle, Reeza Hendricks shapes up to pull and gets it off the higher part of the bat and aerially down to long on. Still, Hendricks denies the single.

17.20

Hard length and angled into the batter, Reeza Hendricks swings across the line and hits it to deep square leg but he denies the single.

17.14

FOUR! Just over! The off cutter from Shamar Joseph bowled full and outside off, Reeza Hendricks waits well and smashes it flat over the leaping fielder at extra cover and picks up a boundary.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 115/8

L Ngidi5 (6)

R Hendricks55 (37)

F Allen3-0-19-0

16.60

On the shorter side again and outside off, Lungi Ngidi looks to cut but misses.

16.50

Much better from Fabian Allen as he drags the length back and allows the ball to grip and turn away from the off stump, Lungi Ngidi has a poke at it but misses.

16.44

FOUR! Fired in full and straight, Lungi Ngidi hits through the line of the ball and drills it straight back past the bowler for a boundary.

Commentary

We are back for the run chase! The umpires are back out in the middle and so are the players of West Indies. It will be the pairing of Reeza Hendricks and Quinton de Kock who will open the innings for South Africa. It will be Matthew Forde who will get proceedings underway with the ball for the Windies. Let's go...

... The Run Chase ...

Right then, South Africa require 176 runs to win and take a 1-0 lead in the series but it might not be as straightforward as it seems especially given that the wicket is holding and West Indies have three quality spinners in their ranks. The opening pair will be key to the chase and it should be an entertaining watch. Join us in a few minutes' time for the run chase.

Andile Phehlukwayo, the star with the ball for South Africa is down for a chat. He starts by saying that Brandon King was going well and it was tough to bowl with the new ball. Adds that he wanted to use the slower ones to take the momentum away and it worked for him. Mentions that the wicket is not that easy and there is a bit of a spin as well. Says he hopes it becomes easier to bat and they are able to chase it down. Ends by saying that he is just backing his skill and tries to play around with the seam and bowl with consistency.

South Africa will be quite pleased with how the first innings eventually panned out and will go into the break full of confidence. It wasn't the best of starts from the Proteas bowlers but debutant Ottniel Baartman got rid of Johnson Charles but that was the best it got for a while. However, after the drinks break, Andile Phehlukwayo bowled a fine spell, picking up three wickets and that helped South Africa run through the middle order as Baartman carried on the good work as he too got three wickets and rounded off a fine debut performance. Lungi Ngidi was perhaps one bowler who seemed off-color as he went for 41 in 4 overs and remained wicketless but in the end, South Africa will take this total with both hands.

A fine comeback in the second half of the first innings from South Africa but thanks to a thunderous start, West Indies do still have a decent total on the board. The wicket started off pristine for batting but we have seen in the latter stages that the ball was holding in the deck and the Proteas seamers made full use of it. The Windies' innings started with skipper Brandon King hogging most of the strike and after a patchy first few balls, he started to hit everything off the middle of the bat. At the other end, Johnson Charles struggled and was dismissed early after which Kyle Mayers added a fine stand with King. The pair put on 79 runs before King got out for a sensational 79 off 45 balls and this triggered a collapse. Wickets started to fall in a heap and only Roston Chase managed to weather the storm and stay on till the final overs and took his side to 175 runs.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 175/8

R Chase32 (30)

S Joseph0 (0)

L Ngidi4-0-41-0

19.61

Just a single to end the innings then! Lungi Ngidi nails the yorker, outside off, Roston Chase only manages to dig it out on the pitch and gets across for just one. West Indies finishes on 175/8!

19.51W

OUT! RUN OUT! Excellent fielding effort from the Proteas! Fuller and on middle, Roston Chase lifts it firmly wide of long off, Wiaan Mulder quickly moves to his right to collect it on the bounce and throws it at the bowler's end, the batter turns around for the second run, Lungi Ngidi shows great reflexes to grab it over his head and takes the bails off in a flash as well. The replay shows that Gudakesh Motie is well short of his crease. West Indies lose their eighth now!

Is that out? The batters had to push for two runs and it looks like the throw from Wiaan Mulder was meant for the keeper's end but Lungi Ngidi has collected it and dislodged the bails. The replays roll in and it is confirmed that Gudakesh Motie is short of his crease. OUT!

19.46

SIX! Roston Chase connects one! The crowd finds its voice again! This another slower delivery, back of a length and on off, Roston Chase fetches it and swats it over the bowler's head, gets enough bat on it for it go over the fence for a biggie.

19.30

A slower bouncer now, on off, Roston Chase looks to ramp it away but misses. He is looking at the umpire who just signals one for the over.

19.21

Short of a length and on leg, slower too, Gudakesh Motie reaches for it and stabs it towards cover-point for a run.

19.11

Lungi Ngidi starts with a slower one, on a length and on off, Roston Chase forces it towards the mid off region for a single.

Gudakesh Motie is the next batter in.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 165/7

M Forde5 (7)

R Chase23 (25)

O Baartman4-0-26-3

18.6W

OUT! TAKEN! Ottniel Baartman has three! It is turning out to be a dream debut for him! This is the knuckle ball again, short of a length and on middle, Matthew Forde goes through his slog very early, miscues it off the toe-end of the bat, the ball flies towards deep square leg where Andile Phehlukwayo settles under it and reverse-cups it over his head. West Indies seven down now!

18.51

On a length and angling into leg, Roston Chase works it through square leg for one more.

18.41

A low full toss, on middle, Matthew Forde clips it through mid-wicket for one.

18.31

In the air....safe! A knuckle ball now, full and on middle, Roston Chase goes for the lofted shot but mistimes it high in the air, Wiaan Mulder from long on runs to his front and bit too his left but fails to reach it and collects it on the bounce. They cross.

18.21

Pitches it up a bit, on middle, Matthew Forde drags it towards long on for a run.

18.11

Back of a length and on middle, Roston Chase goes for the big heave, but fails to get under it and mistimes it through mid-wicket for a single.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 160/6

R Chase20 (22)

M Forde3 (4)

G Coetzee4-0-30-1

17.61

Goes short again and keeps it away from the batter, Roston Chase slaps it through cover-point for one more. Just five runs off the over then!

17.51

Good-length delivery, on middle, Matthew Forde nudges it through mid-wicket for one.

17.41

Back of a length and outside off again, Roston Chase punches it towards sweeper covers for another run. Gerald Coetzee is bowling according right according to his field and giving nothing away.

17.31

Touch fuller and around off, Matthew Forde drills it through covers for a run.

17.21

Short of a length and outside off, Roston Chase cuts it towards sweeper covers for a single.

17.10

Very close! An off-cutter, on a length and on off, Roston Chase tries to guide it away but misses as the ball goes just past the stumps.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 155/6

R Chase17 (18)

M Forde1 (2)

O Baartman3-0-21-2

16.61

Short again and on middle, Roston Chase clips it through mid-wicket for one.

16.50

Missed out! Short of a length and on middle, slower as well, Roston Chase goes for the pull but misses and gets hit high on the pads. That was there to be put away.

16.42

Good effort in the deep! Back of a length and outside off, Roston Chase cuts it away towards deep point, Ryan Rickelton runs to his left and dives to make a fine stop. Redeems himself for his earlier misfield. Two runs taken.

16.31

Hard length and on middle, Matthew Forde punches it down to long on for a single.

South Africa
West Indies
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
de Kock

c A Fletcher b M Forde

4 2 1 0 200
R Hendricks

c K Mayers b M Forde

87 51 6 6 170.58
R Rickelton

st A Fletcher b R Chase

6 7 0 0 85.71
M Breetzke

lbw b S Joseph

19 13 4 0 146.15
van der Dussen

lbw b G Motie

17 17 1 0 100
W Mulder

c F Allen b G Motie

0 4 0 0 0
A Phehlukwayo

c M Forde b O McCoy

4 11 0 0 36.36
B Fortuin

b G Motie

0 1 0 0 0
G Coetzee

c B King b O McCoy

0 4 0 0 0
L Ngidi

not out

5 8 1 0 62.50
O Baartman

b M Forde

0 1 0 0 0
Extras

(b 1,lb 1,w 3,nb 0,Penalty 0)

5
Total 19.5 (RR: 7.41)
147/10

Did not bat:

Fall of wickets:

(de Kock, 0.2 ov) (R Rickelton, 1.4 ov) (M Breetzke, 4.4 ov) (van der Dussen, 10.1 ov) (W Mulder, 10.5 ov) (A Phehlukwayo, 14 ov) (B Fortuin, 14.4 ov) (G Coetzee, 15.4 ov) (R Hendricks, 19.4 ov) (O Baartman, 19.5 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
M Forde
2.5 0 27 3 9.52
R Chase
2 0 12 1 6.00
S Joseph
3 0 20 1 6.66
A Hosein
1 0 14 0 14.00
F Allen
4 0 32 0 8.00
O McCoy
3 0 15 2 5.00
G Motie
4 0 25 3 6.25
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
B King

c van der Dussen b A Phehlukwayo

79 45 6 6 175.55
J Charles

c R Rickelton b O Baartman

1 5 0 0 20
K Mayers

c R Hendricks b G Coetzee

34 25 1 3 136
R Chase

not out

32 30 2 1 106.66
A Fletcher

b A Phehlukwayo

1 2 0 0 50
F Allen

lbw b A Phehlukwayo

1 2 0 0 50
A Hosein

b O Baartman

2 3 0 0 66.66
M Forde

c A Phehlukwayo b O Baartman

5 7 0 0 71.42
G Motie

run out (W Mulder / L Ngidi)

1 1 0 0 100
S Joseph

not out

0 0 0 0
Extras

(b 4,lb 8,w 7,nb 0,Penalty 0)

19
Total 20.0 (RR: 8.75)
175/8

Did not bat: O McCoy

Fall of wickets:

(J Charles, 3.4 ov) (B King, 11 ov) (K Mayers, 13.3 ov) (A Fletcher, 14.1 ov) (F Allen, 14.4 ov) (A Hosein, 16.1 ov) (M Forde, 19 ov) (G Motie, 19.5 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
B Fortuin
2 0 14 0 7.00
L Ngidi
4 0 41 0 10.25
G Coetzee
4 0 30 1 7.50
O Baartman
4 0 26 3 6.50
A Phehlukwayo
4 0 28 3 7.00
W Mulder
1 0 16 0 16.00
R Hendricks
1 0 8 0 8.00
South Africa
West Indies

Commentary

Right then, that is it from this first encounter, where West Indies take an early lead with a convincing performance. They will look to seal it next one while South Africa will fight hard to level the series. The two teams will battle it out again in the 2nd T20I on 26th May, Sunday. That match will begin at 12.30 am IST (7 pm GMT, Previous Day), but as you know, you can always join us early for all the build-up to the game. Until then, cheers and goodbye!

Brandon King, the victorious skipper of West Indies is also the PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his fabulous knock. He says that it was important to win and he is happy with the way his team played in this game. Adds that they knew they had to go hard against the new ball as it would have gotten tougher after that. Tells that they had 200-220 on their mind with the wickets in hand, but it was not easy on this wicket. Praises Gudakesh Motie and says that he is a smart and skillful bowler who varies his pace and knows the conditions well. Credits Matthew Forde for his comeback and says he has a lot of confidence and getting early wickets should give him even more confidence. Ends by saying that they have had some chats about how they will play in the World Cup and says that he was most impressed by his bowlers in this game.

Rassie van der Dussen, the captain of South Africa says that they took a bit long to get into the game and the first 10 overs is where the opposition won the game and 150 was a par score on this track. Adds that the wicket just played a bit differently than anticipated and the tactical changes came late but they will take the learning and will be better in the next game. On Andile Phehlukwayo, he says that in these conditions, he is very tough to get away and adds that Ottniel Baartman was someone who summed up the conditions well and is glad that he was able to make his debut. End by saying that they still got 50 runs in the Powerplay and had a couple of batters in but lost wickets in the middle phase and lauds Reeza Hendricks for the way he played.

Presentation Time...

Earlier in the game, West Indies posted a decent total on the board courtesy of a fabulous fifty from skipper Brandon King along with good contributions from Kyle Mayers and Roston Chase. However, they would have still been disappointed as with the start that they got, they should have scored something around 200 or even more. South African bowlers did well after the Powerplay and pulled things back to restrict the hosts. Andile Phehlukwayo was exceptional and picked up three wickets while debutant Ottniel Baartman was also brilliant and ended with three scalps as well. Gerald Coetzee chipped in with one too. While chasing, South Africa could not really get going, but Reeza Hendricks was the lone warrior for them registering his highest individual score in this format but ending up on the losing side.

West Indies, on the other hand, were fantastic with the new ball. Matthew Forde set the tone by getting rid of QDK in the first over. Roston Chase followed that with another wicket with the help of some sharp glove work from Andre Fletcher. Shamar Joseph added more woes to the Proteas with his maiden T20I wicket putting the visitors on the back foot. They allowed a bit of a partnership in the middle but the introduction of Gudakesh Motie after the drinks break proved to be game-changing. He removed the opposition skipper with his first delivery and dismissed Wiaan Mulder for a duck in the same over. Obed McCoy bowled well as well in the middle phase and got a couple of crucial wickets. They did take a bit of a beating from Reeza Hendricks but Forde closed the game in the last over getting the last two wickets.

South Africa were rocked early as Quinton de Kock was dismissed in the first over right after playing a beautiful straight drive. Things got even worse when debutant Ryan Rickelton lost his wicket and Matthew Breetzke too followed suit after a few lusty blows. Reeza Hendricks struggled initially but held one end and steadied the ship along with his skipper Rassie van der Dussen. However, that did not last long as they added 42 runs together before the skipper perished right after the drinks break. That started a collapse for them as they went from 77/3 to 108/8 in a blink of an eye as no middle-order batter could make much impact. Hendricks fought a lone battle scoring a valiant half-century. He needed some support from the other end that never arrived. Hendricks still did not give up and continued to fight from one end. He was finally dismissed in the last over after scoring 87 off just 51 balls as in the end, South Africa fell short by 28 runs.

WEST INDIES TAKE THE EARLY INITIATIVE IN THE SERIES! A clinical performance from the Windies as they were right on the money while defending this total and this is also their biggest win over the Proteas in this format. Brandon King has a big smile on his face as he gets the win on his captaincy debut. However, we must talk about Reeza Hendricks as he played an exceptional knock for South Africa albeit in a losing clause.

19.5W

OUT! TIMBER! Matthew Forde goes full and quick and spears it in at the stumps, Ottniel Baartman stays back in his crease and clears the front leg for the big heave across the line but is beaten all ends up. The ball goes on to smash into the stumps and it's all over. South Africa are bundled out for 147 and West Indies win by 28 runs.

Ottniel Baartman is the last man in.

19.4W

OUT! CAUGHT! Matthew Forde does eventually get his man but what a knock that was from Reeza Hendricks. Back-of-the-hand slower ball, pitched up right around middle, Reeza Hendricks looks to get under it and lifts it high towards deep mid-wicket. The elevation is there but not the distance and Kyle Mayers settles himself under the ball to take an easy catch.

19.30

Full again and around middle, Reeza Hendricks doesn't get under it and hits it straight to long on.

19.26

SIX! This is some hitting from Reeza Hendricks and this is now his highest score in T20Is. Pitched up right in the slot on middle and leg, Hendricks smashes the ball across the line and over deep square leg for a biggie.

19.14

FOUR! Oh, that is tentative bowling from Matthew Forde but he just about gets away with it. The ball slips out and Forde ends up bowling a high full toss on the hips, Reeza Hendricks helps it behind square leg for a boundary.

Matthew Forde (2-0-17-1) to bowl the last over.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 137/8

L Ngidi5 (8)

R Hendricks77 (47)

F Allen4-0-32-0

18.60

Nice and full again at the stumps, driven straight back towards the bowler.

18.51

Fired into the blockhole around off, Reeza Hendricks lofts it down to wide long off and picks up a single.

18.46

SIX! That is massive! Angled into middle and leg, quite full too, Reeza Hendricks takes the front leg out of the way and whacks it over deep square leg for a biggie.

18.36

SIX! Reeza Hendricks raking up the runs knowing that he is fighting a lost cause. A bit into the pitch and outside off, Hendricks reaches out and flat-bats it over long on for a maximum.

18.20

On a length and outside off, hit away down to long off for no run.

18.10

Quick and flat around off stump and staying low as well, Reeza Hendricks looks to pull but is well beaten.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 124/8

L Ngidi5 (7)

R Hendricks64 (42)

S Joseph3-0-20-1

17.60

Fuller delivery on middle, a low full toss rather and Lungi Ngidi toe-ends it back to the biowler.

17.51

Bowled a bit slower and full at the stumps, Reeza Hendricks gets the heave off the cue end of the bat and to the left of mid on and this time, he takes the single.

17.44

FOUR! Excellent shot! Full and quick at the stumps, Reeza Hendricks stays deep in the crease and gets leg side of the ball before using quick hands and slashing it wide of deep point for a boundary.

17.30

This is banged in short over middle, Reeza Hendricks shapes up to pull and gets it off the higher part of the bat and aerially down to long on. Still, Hendricks denies the single.

17.20

Hard length and angled into the batter, Reeza Hendricks swings across the line and hits it to deep square leg but he denies the single.

17.14

FOUR! Just over! The off cutter from Shamar Joseph bowled full and outside off, Reeza Hendricks waits well and smashes it flat over the leaping fielder at extra cover and picks up a boundary.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 115/8

L Ngidi5 (6)

R Hendricks55 (37)

F Allen3-0-19-0

16.60

On the shorter side again and outside off, Lungi Ngidi looks to cut but misses.

16.50

Much better from Fabian Allen as he drags the length back and allows the ball to grip and turn away from the off stump, Lungi Ngidi has a poke at it but misses.

16.44

FOUR! Fired in full and straight, Lungi Ngidi hits through the line of the ball and drills it straight back past the bowler for a boundary.

16.30

That stayed low! Pushed through quicker and on a nagging length outside off stump, Lungi Ngidi looks to cut a fullish delivery and he is well beaten.

16.20

Fuller one outside off, quirted off the outside edge straight to short third by Lungi Ngidi.

16.11

Bowled short and around off stump, Reeza Hendricks makes room and hits it down to long off for a single.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 110/8

R Hendricks54 (36)

L Ngidi1 (1)

O McCoy3-0-15-2

15.61

Banged in halfway down the pitch now and over middle stump, Reeza Hendricks sets up to pull but mistimes it flat and on the bounce to wide long on for another single.

15.51

Oh, just a bit out of reach! Slightly into the deck, a bit slower and on leg stump, Lungi Ngidi pushes at it but the ball stops on him and gets chipped to the right of the bowler and towards mid on. They get a single.

Lungi Ngidi comes out to the middle now.

15.4W

OUT! CAUGHT! West Indies inching towards the win now. Obed McCoy strides in from over the stumps and bowls it into the wicket over middle and leg stump. Gerald Coetzee comes down the track trying to force the lofted shot over covers but miscues it badly. The ball goes just over covers where Brandon King takes a safe catch and McCoy gets his second wicket.

15.30

Good length around off stump, Gerald Coetzee plays it down off the outer half of the bat behind point for no run.

15.21

Pitched up outside off stump, Reeza Hendricks hits it on the up to extra cover and picks up a quick single.

15.10

Just back of a length around off stump and angling away, Reeza Hendricks stays leg side of the ball and dabs it down to backward point.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 107/7

G Coetzee0 (2)

R Hendricks52 (33)

G Motie4-0-25-3

14.60

Slows it up, full and on leg again, Gerald Coetzee once again fails to work it away and gets hit on the pads as the ball goes nowhere.

14.50

Fires this one full and on leg, Gerald Coetzee tries to flick it away but missesand gets hit on the pads.

Gerald Coetzee walks out to bat now.

14.4W

OUT! TIMBER! Gudakesh Motie has three now and the Proteas are in all sorts of trouble! This one is floated, full and on middle, grips and turns away a shy bit, Bjorn Fortuin tries to play at it but does so down the wrong line, the ball sneaks past the outside edge and rattles the stumps. Bjorn Fortuin has to walk back for a duck as well and West Indies are now three wickets away from the win.

14.31

Flighted, full and on off, Reeza Hendricks pushes it through covers for a single.

14.26

SIX! FIFTY FOR HENDRICKS! A fine knock from him but he knows that the job is not done yet. Gudakesh Motie lands this short and on middle, Reeza Hendricks rocks back and smashes it over the wide long on fence for a biggie.

14.14

FOUR! Sweet strike! Tossed up, full and on off, Reeza Hendricks leans on a bit and lifts it nicely over extra covers for a boundary.

Bjorn Fortuin  is the ne man in.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 96/6

A Phehlukwayo4 (11)

R Hendricks41 (30)

O McCoy2-0-12-1

13.6W

OUT! TAKEN! Another one bites the dust! Obed McCoy gets his first wicket now. He goes full again and on leg, angling in, Andile Phehlukwayo tries to whip it away but fails to get the elevation, the ball goes flat and in the air towards deep mid-wicket where Matthew Forde this time settles under it and pouches it safely. South Africa six down now!

13.51

Short of a length and around off, Reeza Hendricks steers it towards deep point for one.

13.41

Just short again! Touch fuller and on leg, Andile Phehlukwayo heaves it in the air towards deep mid-wicket, Matthew Forde runs forward and dives but the ball bounces just in front of him. They cross.

13.41wd

Tries another slower bouncer but this is way outside off, Andile Phehlukwayo leaves it alone. Wided.

13.30

Obed McCoy goes pace-on this time, short and outside off again, Andile Phehlukwayo tries to cut it away but misses again.

13.20

Slower one now, short and outside off, Andile Phehlukwayo has a wild swing across the line but misses.

13.11lb

On a length and on leg, Reeza Hendricks nudges it towards short fine leg for a single.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 92/5

R Hendricks40 (28)

A Phehlukwayo3 (7)

G Motie3-0-14-2

12.61

Short and around off, Reeza Hendricks punches it through covers for one.

12.51b

Slows it up, full and outside off, Andile Phehlukwayo goes for the lofted cover drive but misses, this one keeps low and Andre Fletcher lets it through as well. A bye is taken.

12.41

Quicker, shortish and on middle, skids through, Reeza Hendricks works it off the inner half of the bat through square leg for another run.

12.31

Just short! Tossed up, full and around off, Andile Phehlukwayo lofts it flat and aerially towards long off, the fielder runs and dives but just fails to reach it. They cross.

12.21

Flatter, full and on off, Reeza Hendricks drills it through covers for a single.

12.10

Floated, short and on middle, Reeza Hendricks backs away and punches ot straight to extra covers.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 87/5

A Phehlukwayo2 (5)

R Hendricks37 (24)

M Forde2-0-17-1

11.60

Another short delivery, outside off, Andile Phehlukwayo chops it down to point.

11.51

Short again, on off, slower too, Reeza Hendricks pulls it through mid-wicket for one.

11.46

SIX! SMACKED! Matthew Forde lands this hard onto the pitch, on middle, Reeza Hendricks picks up the length early and whacks it hard, the ball goes flat and over the deep square leg fence for a maximum.

11.31

Short and around off, Andile Phehlukwayo cuts it past point this time for a single.

11.20

Touch fuller and on middle, Andile Phehlukwayo knocks it back to the bowler.

11.10

Back of a length and outside off, Andile Phehlukwayo cuts it wide of point, Roston Chase dives to his right to make a brilliant stop.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 79/5

A Phehlukwayo1 (1)

R Hendricks30 (22)

G Motie2-0-10-2

10.61

Short again and on leg, Andile Phehlukwayo nudges it through mid-wicket for a single. Just two runs and two big wickets from the over! Sensational stuff!

Andile Phehlukwayo walks out to bat now.

10.5W

OUT! TAKEN! Gudakesh Motie with the double strike! It is going from bad to worse for the Proteas. Motie drags his length back this time, on off, turns away a bit, Wiaan Mulder decides to pull it away but has to drag it from outside off, mistimes it in the air towards deep mid-wicket where Fabian Allen judges it well, and takes an excellent catch. Mulder goes back for a duck and South Africa lose half their side now!

10.40

Quicker, fullish and on off, Wiaan Mulder stabs it to the off side.

10.30

Floated, full and on of, turns away sharply, Wiaan Mulder looks to play but gets beaten on the outside edge.

10.20

Tossed up, full and on middle, turns away, Wiaan Mulder gets squared up as he tries to fend it, gets an outside edge towards backward point.

10.21wd

Darts this one full and down the leg side, Wiaan Mulder tries to flick it away but misses. Wided.

Wiaan Mulder is the new man in.

10.1W

OUT! LBW! Change of ends has worked for Gudakesh Motie! Once again, a break in play brings up a wicket for the fielding side. This is flatter, full and around middle, Rassie van der Dussen goes for the reverse sweep but loses his balance a bit and misses it to get hit on the pads. Another big appeal for LBW, and up goes the finger. The South African skipper takes the review though. UltraEdge confirms no bat or glove involved and Ball Tracking indicates three reds. Rassie van der Dussen goes back after a run-a-ball 17 and South Africa are in a bit of trouble now.

Drinks! West Indies have done really well with the ball not letting South Africa get away with the game. The match is poised nicely where a partnership will favour the Proteas while a couple of more wickets here and West Indies will be on top again. It is now about who blinks first and we have an exciting second half of this run chase coming up for us. Also, Gudakesh Motie to bowl after the break.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 77/3

R Hendricks30 (22)

van der Dussen17 (16)

R Chase2-0-12-1

9.60

A good delivery to end the over but 10 runs come off it. Nagging length and aimed at the off stump, Reeza Hendricks goes on the back foot and just about manages to keep it out in front of covers.

9.51

Flighted ball on the stumps, Rassie van der Dussen just knocks it down to long on and turns the strike over.

9.42

Full and around off stump, Rassie van der Dussen shuffles across again and flicks it aerially wide of deep mid-wicket for two more runs.

9.34

FOUR! That went to the fence like a tracer bullet. On a length and floated up outside off, Rassie van der Dussen steps across the off stump and sweeps it flat and hard between deep square leg and deep mid-wicket for a boundary.

9.21

A bit fuller and sliding it into the pads, Reeza Hendricks flicks it around the corner for a single.

9.12

Good running yet again! Bowled short and angled in from middle, Reeza Hendricks goes back in his crease and tucks it away in front of square leg for yet another brace.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 67/3

R Hendricks27 (19)

van der Dussen10 (13)

F Allen2-0-14-0

8.61

Fractionally short over off stump, Reeza Hendricks makes room and taps it square through covers for a single.

8.50

That is a brute of a delivery! Fabian Allen gives this one a good rip, bowling it slightly quicker on off and middle and gets it to turn away quickly. Reeza Hendricks is beaten all ends up and the ball just misses the top of off stump as well.

8.41

On a length and around off stump, tapped away on the off side for a single.

8.30

Bowls it into the pitch on middle and gets it to hold in the deck, the ball turns away and Rassie van der Dussen can only jam it down into the deck.

8.20

Quick and short outside off, Rassie van der Dussen looks to cut but misses.

8.12

Bowled full and at the stumps, good use of the feet from Rassie van der Dussen as he heaves it aerially towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 63/3

van der Dussen7 (9)

R Hendricks26 (17)

G Motie1-0-8-0

7.61

Close but not close enough! Fired in full and around off, Rassie van der Dussen jams it down off the cue end of the bat to cover-point and sets off for the single. The fielder there picks the ball and scores a direct hit at the bowler's end but the replays show that Rassie was well in.

7.51

Full and on the leg peg, flicked away through square leg for one more.

7.41

Floated up fuller and outside off, Rassie van der Dussen looks to play it off the front foot but gets an outside edge wide of short third for a single.

7.31

On the shorter side over middle, Reeza Hendricks backs away and cuts it in front of point for a run.

7.24

FOUR! Right in the end! A bit too short at the stumps and no turn on this occasion, Reeza Hendricks rocks back and pulls it firmly in between long on and deep mid-wicket for a boundary.

7.10

A bit of purchase right away for Gudakesh Motie. Dropped quite slow and short around off, this one turns away square after pitching and Reeza Hendricks is left bamboozled.

Gudakesh Motie comes into the attack now.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 55/3

van der Dussen5 (7)

R Hendricks20 (13)

O McCoy1-0-9-0

6.60

Top delivery! A surprise short ball, bowled quicker and banged in over the stumps, Rassie van der Dussen looks to ramp it away but is beaten for pace and bounce.

6.52

Good, positive running and an error forced in the outfield. Fuller in length and at the stumps, Rassie van der Dussen clips it in front of square on the leg side and sets off for two right away, making it with easy in the end.

6.40

Another slower one, bowled quite full and angled across the off stump, Rassie van der Dussen looks to drive it off the front foot but gets an inside edge back onto the body.

6.31

Misfield! Full and outside off, driven away straight to covers where the fielder lets it through and the batters get a single.

6.26

SIX! That is a fine shot! Pitched up around off, slower too, Reeza Hendricks backs away and lofts it high up and one hand comes off the handle but the ball sails over wide long off for a maximum.

6.10

Obed McCoy starts from over the stumps and bowls it on a nagging length around middle and leg, angling it away. Reeza Hendricks jams it down towards covers.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 46/3

R Hendricks13 (10)

van der Dussen3 (4)

F Allen1-0-10-0

5.61

Another quick single to end the Powerplay and South Africa are 46/3! Floated up on the stumps, Rassie van der Dussen steps down the track and pushes it straight to covers for a single.

5.51

Floated up a bit and on the legs, just nudged away into the gap at mid-wicket for one more.

5.41

Bowled flatter and into middle and leg, Reeza Hendricks gets pushed back but manages to play it towards mid on for a quick single.

5.32

Much fuller and straighter, Reeza Hendricks clears the front leg and heaves it away through the mid-wicket region for a couple of runs.

5.24

FOUR! Top shot! Just a hint of width on offer, Reeza Hendricks makes room for himself and strokes it away through cover-point for a boundary.

5.11

Starts from around the stumps, bowling it full at 95 clicks and around off, the ball holds in the pitch and Rassie van der Dussen chips it wide of the bowler for a single.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 36/3

van der Dussen1 (2)

R Hendricks5 (6)

S Joseph2-0-11-1

4.61

Risky single! Another pitched-up delivery, on off, Rassie van der Dussen drives it straight to mid off and sets off for the run, the fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end. It could have been close if that was a direct hit.

4.50

Fullish and around off, Rassie van der Dussen drills it hard but straight to extra covers.

Skipper, Rassie van der Dussen walks in with his team in a spot of real bother.

4.4W

OUT! LBW! Shamar Joseph strikes now and gets the last laugh here! This is also his maiden T20I wicket and a special moment for him. He continues with the fuller length, on middle, angling in, Matthew Breetzke steps across and tries to swipe it away, but gets beaten by the pace on the ball and misses getting hit on the pads. There is a huge shout and up goes the finger. Breetzke takes a review but both UltraEdge and Ball Tracking go against him and it was pretty plumb. South Africa lose their third and a review as well!

4.31

Fuller and on off, Reeza Hendricks miscues his drives towards mid on for a quick run.

4.21

Pulls his length back a bit, on middle, Matthew Breetzke guides it towards point for a single.

4.14

FOUR! Up and over! Shamar Joseph goes full and on off, Matthew Breetzke gets under it well and smacks it over mid off for a one-bounce four.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 29/2

M Breetzke14 (10)

R Hendricks4 (5)

A Hosein1-0-14-0

3.61

Another short delivery, on leg, Matthew Breetzke backs away and punches it to extra covers for a quick run.

3.54

FOUR! Make that three now! Akeal Hosein pushes this one through quicker, shortish and on off, Matthew Breetzke makes room again and crunches it past point for four more runs. South Africa launching a bit of a counter-attack now!

3.44

FOUR! TWO IN TWO! Akeal Hosein drags his length back and on middle, Matthew Breetzke makes room by moving to the leg side, cuts it nicely off the stumps through covers for another boundary.

3.34

FOUR! Fine shot! Tossed up, full and on off, Matthew Breetzke goes down inside out and lofts it graciously over extra covers for a boundary.

3.20

Flatter, short and outside off, Matthew Breetzke cuts it straight to cover-point.

3.11

Akeal Hosein starts with a floated delivery, short and on off, turns away, Reeza Hendricks mistimes his pull through mid-wicket for a single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 15/2

R Hendricks3 (4)

M Breetzke1 (5)

S Joseph1-0-4-0

2.61

Back of a length and around off, Reeza Hendricks steers it through backward point for another run.

2.50

Slower, back of a length and on off, Reeza Hendricks tries to guide it away but toe-ends it back towards the keeper.

2.41

Pitched up and just around off, Matthew Breetzke drags it and swipes it through square leg for a run. An interesting shot from him!

2.30

On a length and on middle, angling in, Matthew Breetzke pats it in front of short mid-wicket, Hendricks wants the run but is sent back and rightly so.

2.20

Goes full again on middle, Matthew Breetzke drills it straight to mid on.

2.11

Short of a length and outside off, Reeza Hendricks cuts it towards deep point for a single.

2.11wd

Shamar Joseph begins with a fuller delivery but down the leg side, Reeza Hendricks misses his flick. Wided.

Shamar Joseph, the debutant for West Indies has now been handed the ball.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 11/2

M Breetzke0 (2)

R Hendricks1 (1)

R Chase1-0-2-1

1.60

Pushed through quicker, full and on off, holds its line this time, Matthew Breetzke just hangs his bat away and gets beaten on the outside edge this time.

1.50

Oh..some turn! Floated, full and on off, grips and turns in sharply, Matthew Breetzke tries to block but gets beaten on the inside edge and the ball just misses the stumps.

Matthew Breetzke is the new batter in with South Africa in some early bother.

1.4W

OUT! STUMPED! Sharp piece of glovework from Andre Fletcher behind the stumps! Roston Chase tosses this one up, full and leg, turns away sharply, Ryan Rickelton makes room and tries to push it away but gets beaten due to the turn and loses his balance a bit as well, Andre Fletcher collects and takes the bails off in a flash. He thinks he has got his man and the replay proves him right. Ryan Rickelton goes back for a single-digit score on his debut.

Is that stumped? That was beautifully bowled by Roston Chase and Andre Fletcher thinks that he has got his man. The third umpire is called in and replays show that Ryan Rickelton has no part of his foot behind the line and this is sharp work from the 'Spiceman.' OUT comes up on the big screen.

1.31

Quicker, short and on off, Reeza Hendricks jabs it with the inside half od the bat through square leg for a run.

1.21

Goes short again, follows the batter down the leg, Ryan Rickelton punches it aerially and just wide of the bowler for a single.

1.10

Roston Chase begins with a flatter delivery, short and on middle, Ryan Rickelton pushes it back to the bowler.

Spin from the other end as Roston Chase has been tossed the ball.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 9/1

R Rickelton5 (4)

R Hendricks0 (0)

M Forde1-0-9-1

0.61

Overpitched and on off, Ryan Rickelton drills it firmly wide of mid off for one. An eventful first over comes to and end!

0.52

A bit fuller and on middle, Ryan Rickelton tucks it with soft hands through square leg and comes back for the second run.

0.40

On a length and on middle, Ryan Rickelton steers it towards point.

0.32

Pitched up and around off, Ryan Rickelton drives it a bit uppishly but through covers for a couple of runs and gets off the mark.

The debutant, Ryan Rickelton is in at number 3.

0.2W

OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Now, that is how you bounce back! Matthew Forde gets his maiden T20I wicket and it is the big one of QDK whose lean patch continues. He sticks with his fuller length, but this one is just around off, nips away as well, Quinton de Kock goes for the drive but gets a slight outside edge behind where Andre Fletcher makes no mistake. West Indies needed that early breakthrough!

0.14

FOUR! What a start from Quinton de Kock! Matthew Forde serves this full and on middle, angling in, Quinton de Kock without much footwork presents the full face of the bat, drives it beautifully down the ground past mid on for a boundary.

Commentary

We are back for the run chase! The umpires are back out in the middle and so are the players of West Indies. It will be the pairing of Reeza Hendricks and Quinton de Kock who will open the innings for South Africa. It will be Matthew Forde who will get proceedings underway with the ball for the Windies. Let's go...

... The Run Chase ...

Right then, South Africa require 176 runs to win and take a 1-0 lead in the series but it might not be as straightforward as it seems especially given that the wicket is holding and West Indies have three quality spinners in their ranks. The opening pair will be key to the chase and it should be an entertaining watch. Join us in a few minutes' time for the run chase.

Andile Phehlukwayo, the star with the ball for South Africa is down for a chat. He starts by saying that Brandon King was going well and it was tough to bowl with the new ball. Adds that he wanted to use the slower ones to take the momentum away and it worked for him. Mentions that the wicket is not that easy and there is a bit of a spin as well. Says he hopes it becomes easier to bat and they are able to chase it down. Ends by saying that he is just backing his skill and tries to play around with the seam and bowl with consistency.

South Africa will be quite pleased with how the first innings eventually panned out and will go into the break full of confidence. It wasn't the best of starts from the Proteas bowlers but debutant Ottniel Baartman got rid of Johnson Charles but that was the best it got for a while. However, after the drinks break, Andile Phehlukwayo bowled a fine spell, picking up three wickets and that helped South Africa run through the middle order as Baartman carried on the good work as he too got three wickets and rounded off a fine debut performance. Lungi Ngidi was perhaps one bowler who seemed off-color as he went for 41 in 4 overs and remained wicketless but in the end, South Africa will take this total with both hands.

A fine comeback in the second half of the first innings from South Africa but thanks to a thunderous start, West Indies do still have a decent total on the board. The wicket started off pristine for batting but we have seen in the latter stages that the ball was holding in the deck and the Proteas seamers made full use of it. The Windies' innings started with skipper Brandon King hogging most of the strike and after a patchy first few balls, he started to hit everything off the middle of the bat. At the other end, Johnson Charles struggled and was dismissed early after which Kyle Mayers added a fine stand with King. The pair put on 79 runs before King got out for a sensational 79 off 45 balls and this triggered a collapse. Wickets started to fall in a heap and only Roston Chase managed to weather the storm and stay on till the final overs and took his side to 175 runs.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 175/8

R Chase32 (30)

S Joseph0 (0)

L Ngidi4-0-41-0

19.61

Just a single to end the innings then! Lungi Ngidi nails the yorker, outside off, Roston Chase only manages to dig it out on the pitch and gets across for just one. West Indies finishes on 175/8!

19.51W

OUT! RUN OUT! Excellent fielding effort from the Proteas! Fuller and on middle, Roston Chase lifts it firmly wide of long off, Wiaan Mulder quickly moves to his right to collect it on the bounce and throws it at the bowler's end, the batter turns around for the second run, Lungi Ngidi shows great reflexes to grab it over his head and takes the bails off in a flash as well. The replay shows that Gudakesh Motie is well short of his crease. West Indies lose their eighth now!

Is that out? The batters had to push for two runs and it looks like the throw from Wiaan Mulder was meant for the keeper's end but Lungi Ngidi has collected it and dislodged the bails. The replays roll in and it is confirmed that Gudakesh Motie is short of his crease. OUT!

19.46

SIX! Roston Chase connects one! The crowd finds its voice again! This another slower delivery, back of a length and on off, Roston Chase fetches it and swats it over the bowler's head, gets enough bat on it for it go over the fence for a biggie.

19.30

A slower bouncer now, on off, Roston Chase looks to ramp it away but misses. He is looking at the umpire who just signals one for the over.

19.21

Short of a length and on leg, slower too, Gudakesh Motie reaches for it and stabs it towards cover-point for a run.

19.11

Lungi Ngidi starts with a slower one, on a length and on off, Roston Chase forces it towards the mid off region for a single.

Gudakesh Motie is the next batter in.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 165/7

M Forde5 (7)

R Chase23 (25)

O Baartman4-0-26-3

18.6W

OUT! TAKEN! Ottniel Baartman has three! It is turning out to be a dream debut for him! This is the knuckle ball again, short of a length and on middle, Matthew Forde goes through his slog very early, miscues it off the toe-end of the bat, the ball flies towards deep square leg where Andile Phehlukwayo settles under it and reverse-cups it over his head. West Indies seven down now!

18.51

On a length and angling into leg, Roston Chase works it through square leg for one more.

18.41

A low full toss, on middle, Matthew Forde clips it through mid-wicket for one.

18.31

In the air....safe! A knuckle ball now, full and on middle, Roston Chase goes for the lofted shot but mistimes it high in the air, Wiaan Mulder from long on runs to his front and bit too his left but fails to reach it and collects it on the bounce. They cross.

18.21

Pitches it up a bit, on middle, Matthew Forde drags it towards long on for a run.

18.11

Back of a length and on middle, Roston Chase goes for the big heave, but fails to get under it and mistimes it through mid-wicket for a single.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 160/6

R Chase20 (22)

M Forde3 (4)

G Coetzee4-0-30-1

17.61

Goes short again and keeps it away from the batter, Roston Chase slaps it through cover-point for one more. Just five runs off the over then!

17.51

Good-length delivery, on middle, Matthew Forde nudges it through mid-wicket for one.

17.41

Back of a length and outside off again, Roston Chase punches it towards sweeper covers for another run. Gerald Coetzee is bowling according right according to his field and giving nothing away.

17.31

Touch fuller and around off, Matthew Forde drills it through covers for a run.

17.21

Short of a length and outside off, Roston Chase cuts it towards sweeper covers for a single.

17.10

Very close! An off-cutter, on a length and on off, Roston Chase tries to guide it away but misses as the ball goes just past the stumps.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 155/6

R Chase17 (18)

M Forde1 (2)

O Baartman3-0-21-2

16.61

Short again and on middle, Roston Chase clips it through mid-wicket for one.

16.50

Missed out! Short of a length and on middle, slower as well, Roston Chase goes for the pull but misses and gets hit high on the pads. That was there to be put away.

16.42

Good effort in the deep! Back of a length and outside off, Roston Chase cuts it away towards deep point, Ryan Rickelton runs to his left and dives to make a fine stop. Redeems himself for his earlier misfield. Two runs taken.

16.31

Hard length and on middle, Matthew Forde punches it down to long on for a single.

16.20

Comes 'over the wicket now, back of a length, on middle, angling in, Matthew Forde clips it towards square leg.

Matthew Forde is the new batter in.

16.1W

OUT! BOWLED'EM! The debutant strikes again! Ottniel Baartman comes around the wicket and serves this full, on off, angles in and keeps a bit low as well, Akeal Hosein looks to play at on the back foot but is late to put his bat down as the ball goes under it to shatter the stumps. South Africa have pulled things back nicely here!

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 151/5

R Chase14 (15)

A Hosein2 (2)

L Ngidi3-0-31-0

15.60

Four dots in a row to end the over! Lungi Ngidi rolls his fingers and bowls another slower delivery, fuller and on off, Roston Chase looks to drive but gets beaten on the outside edge. Good comeback from Ngidi after getting hit for a couple of boundaries at the start of the over.

15.50

Slower again, short and outside off, Roston Chase waits for it but cuts it straight to point.

15.40

Back of a length and around off, takes all the pace off, keeps low as well, Roston Chase goes through his pull way early and misses.

15.30

This is on a good length and on middle, angling in again, Roston Chase fends it as the ball pops and lands in front of the bowler.

15.24

FOUR! Deft touch! Back of a length and on off, angling in, Roston Chase lets it come to him, opens the face of the bat slightly at the last moment and steers it away past short third man for another boundary.

15.14

FOUR! Just over! Fuller and around off, Roston Chase reaches for it and times his drive nicely but a bit uppishly, the fielder at extra covers leaps to his left but fails to reach it, sweeper runs to his right and dives but fails to stop it from going to the boundary.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 143/5

A Hosein2 (2)

R Chase6 (9)

A Phehlukwayo4-0-28-3

14.62

A couple of runs to end a fine spell from Andile Phehlukwayo. Hard length outside off, Akeal Hosein gets on the front foot and plays it nicely through the cover region for a couple of runs in the deep.

14.54b

FOUR BYES! Oh, that has stayed really low and has gone through the keeper as well. Slower one from around the stumps and bowled in the channel. The ball just rolls along the turf after pitching and Quinton de Kock gets a bad bounce and lets it through his legs for four byes

Akeal Hosein comes out to the middle now.

14.4W

OUT! LBW! That always looked pretty adjacent and Andile Phehlukwayo has his third victim! Bowls this one on a nagging length, slightly fuller and angles it back in from around off stump. Fabian Allen tentatively goes on the back foot and across the off stump trying to flick it behind square but ends up missing the ball completely and gets pinged in front of the stumps. There is a loud appeal and the finger goes up. Allen takes the review in desperation but its three reds on Ball Tracking.

Is that out? The umpire has given out LBW but Fabian Allen takes a review. UltraEdge confirms no bat involved and Ball Tracking comes up with three red. It will be another wicket for South Africa.

14.31

Slower one, floated up on the stumps, Roston Chase gets on the front foot and flicks it a bit uppishly to deep square leg for a run.

14.21

Back of a length and outside off, Fabian Allen presses back and pushes it to mid on for a single.

Fabian Allen walks out to bat now.

14.1W

OUT! KNOCKED HIM OVER! What a comeback this has been for South Africa and Andile Phehlukwayo has been at the center of it all. Sees Andre Fletcher advancing down the track and goes pace on, bowling it on a good length around off looking to skid it through the deck and that's exactly what happens. Fletcher attempts a flashy no-look flick but is well beaten and sees his off stump get uprooted off the deck.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 135/3

R Chase5 (8)

A Fletcher1 (1)

G Coetzee3-0-25-1

13.60

Short again and into the pitch but this is just angled down leg, Roston Chase gets himself into a bit of a tangle and the ball might has just brushed his jersey as there was no signal of a wide.

13.50

This is dug in short outside the off stump, seemed like the slower one as it held in the deck but it was pace on. Roston Chase looks to pull it away but the lack of bounce does him completely.

13.41

On a hard length around off, getting some extra bounce off the deck, Andre Fletcher is taken aback but manages to fend it off the outside edge down to third man for a single.

Andre Fletcher is the next man in.

13.3W

OUT! CAUGHT! A good follow-up delivery from Gerald Coetzee and he gets his man. Goes pace on now and bowls it full at 138 clicks around off stump. This is the cross-seamer as well that is angled in, Kyle Mayers tries to back away and lifts it over covers but ends up mistiming it towards long off where Reeza Hendricks takes a simple catch and Mayers departs after a solid start.

13.20

Comes from around the wicket and bowls another slower delivery, a bit into the pitch and outside off, Kyle Mayers looks to pull but is beaten all ends up.

13.11

The in-between length, bowled slower and around off, Roston Chase looks to get on the front foot but the ball just holds a bit and goes off the face of the bat through mid off for a run.

13.11wd

WIDE! Starts the new spell with a loosener as this is bowled on a hard length and drifted down the leg side for a wide.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 132/2

R Chase4 (5)

K Mayers34 (23)

A Phehlukwayo3-0-24-1

12.61

Takes pace off again and bowls it on a dragged length around off, Roston Chase slogs it off the inner half of the bat to deep mid-wicket for one more.

12.51

Nice and full again to the left-hander around off, drilled back off the front foot to long off for just another single.

12.41

On the shorter side outside off, Roston Chase leans back and cuts it to deep point for a single.

12.31

Pitched up around off and angling it in, Kyle Mayers picks it up and lifts it straight back over the bowler's head for just a single as the fielder from long on tidies up.

12.20

A wild swing across the line but Kyle Mayers only connects with thin air. Another good slower ball and this is bowled very full outside off stump, Mayers stays deep and looks to take it on but fails to do so.

12.11

Fuller delivery bowled around middle and leg, clipped away in front of mid-wicket for a single.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 127/2

K Mayers32 (20)

R Chase1 (2)

R Hendricks1-0-8-0

11.66

SIX! Too short this time and Kyle Mayers latches onto it. Short ball around middle and leg, Mayers goes deep in the crease, makes some room and pulls it handsomely over deep square leg for a biggie.

11.50

A tad shorter and angled into the batter, Kyle Mayers fails to flick it away.

11.40

Comes from around the stumps and angles a quicker one into the legs, Kyle Mayers rocks back to pull but it stays low and sneaks under the bat to hit the pads.

11.31

Tossed up around off stump, driven off the front foot and along the turf down to long on for a run.

11.24lb

FOUR LEG BYES! Roston Chase with the reverse sweep straightaway and the ball goes to the fence. NIcely floated up full around off stump, Chase misses the reverse sweep and the ball goes off the pads and into the third man fence.

11.11

Nice and full on middle and leg, stylishly flicked away in front of square on the leg side for a run.

Roston Chase comes out to the middle now. Also, Reeza Hendricks has been introduced into the attack now.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 115/2

B King79 (45)

K Mayers25 (16)

A Phehlukwayo2-0-19-1

10.6W

OUT! CAUGHT! The change of plan has worked right away for South Africa and Andile Phehlukwayo gets rid of the dangerman. A well-disguised slower ball, floated up full and outside the off stump. Brandon King looks to get under it and power it over long off but ends up slicing it high and just behind the bowler. Skipper, Rassie van der Dussen charges across from the cover region and slides in to take a fine catch. End of a stellar knock from King though.

10.51

Hard length in the channel outside off, Kyle Mayers hits it off the back foot but doesn't time it well and the ball rolls to wide long off for a single.

10.41

Bowled into the wicket and at the batter, pulled away to deep square leg for a single.

10.41wd

WIDE! The plan seems clear, to bowl full and wide but this attempted slower one is pushed well beyond the tramline.

10.32

Just over! Pitched up on the off stump, Brandon King clears the front leg but miscues the lofted shot just over extra cover for a couple of runs.

10.20

Back to over the wicket and this is nicely bowled, slower one, full and wide right around the tramline. Brandon King reaches out and only manages to toe-end it onto the deck.

10.11

Comes from around the stumps and floats it full and wide outside off stump, Kyle Mayers drives it much squarer to deep point for one. The fielder there fumbles but they don't get an extra run.

Drinks break! What a fabulous first 10 overs this has been for West Indies and even after losing Johnson Charles cheaply, skipper Brandon King has just been in a punishing mood. King is nearing a century and the way he is playing, he might get there and then plenty more as well. Kyle Mayers is also looking settled and South Africa could be in for a rough time if they don't take wickets quickly in the next few overs.

Runs Scored 16 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 109/1

B King76 (41)

K Mayers23 (14)

W Mulder1-0-16-0

9.62

Right in the blockhole, on middle, Brandon King tucks it away towards the square leg region, sees the deep fielder is still far away, and comes back for the second run. Excellent running!

9.51

Overpitched and on middle, Kyle Mayers drills it towards long on for one.

9.46

SIX! BOOM! Kyle Mayers is getting into his groove now! Wiaan Mulder bangs this into the pitch, on middle, Kyle Mayers picks up the length early, plays the Natarajan pull to perfection with the wind as the ball goes sailing over the deep square leg fence for another maximum.

9.41wd

Goes fuller but down the leg side, Kyle Mayers fails to glance it away. Wided and that brings up the 100 for West Indies!

9.30

Short of a length and on off, Kyle Mayers goes through his heave across the line early and only manages to toe-end it on the pitch.

9.20

Good reply! Wiaan Mulder lands this on a good length and just around off, angling in and the nips away a bit, Kyle Mayers looks to play at it but gets beaten on the outside edge.

9.16

SIX! Welcome to the game, Wiaan Mulder! He starts with a full delivery, on middle and in the slot as well, Kyle Mayers stays in his crease and tonks it with a beautiful follow through over the bowler's head for a biggie.

Wiaan Mulder to roll his arm over now.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 93/1

K Mayers10 (9)

B King74 (40)

O Baartman2-0-17-1

8.61

Short again and on middle, Kyle Mayers gets a bit hurried but muscles it towards long on for one.

8.51

Short of a length and on off again, Brandon King slaps it towards long on for one.

8.41

Back of a length and on off, Kyle Mayers mistimes his pull towards long on for another run.

8.31

On a length and around leg, Brandon King nudges it towards short fine leg for a run.

8.26

SIX! Just over! Ottniel Baartman serves this full and angling into the pads, Brandon King picks it up and whips it towards the deep square leg fence, the fielder looks interested but the winds just takes it over his outstretched hand for a maximum.

8.11

Fuller one and around off, Kyle Mayers drives it crisply but straight to sweeper covers for just a single.

Ottniel Baartman (1-0-6-1) is back on.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 82/1

B King66 (37)

K Mayers7 (6)

G Coetzee2-0-22-0

7.60

An appeal for LBW, but turned down! However, Rassie van der Dussen takes a review here. This is on a good length and middle and leg, angling in as well, Brandon King moves across to scoop but misses and gets hit on the pads. UltraEdge confirms no bat involved and Ball Tracking indicates that the impact is outside leg anyways. South Africa loses a review!

7.51

A low full toss, on off, Kyle Mayers drills it towards extra covers for one.

7.52wd

Goes fuller but down the leg side, Brandon King misses his flick, Quinton de Kock fails ot collect it cleanly as well allowing a bye run. It is called a wide as well.

7.40

A slower one now, short and outside off, Brandon King tries to reach for it but checks his shot at the last moment, that saves him as the ball pops up and lands in front of point.

7.30

Good comeback from Gerald Coetzee! He nails the yorker this time, on middle, angling in, Brandon King backs away and only manages to dig it out on the pitch.

7.26

SIX! BANG! Exceptional shot! Gerald Coetzee goes short again but on the stump line this time, Brandon King makes a bit of room, gets on top of the bounce and smashes it away way, way over the deep point fence for a biggie. King is looking really dangerous here.

7.10

Short of a length and around off, Brandon King goes for the pull shot but fails to connect.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 73/1

K Mayers6 (5)

B King60 (32)

B Fortuin2-0-14-0

6.60

A bit short and on middle, Kyle Mayers knocks it back to the bowler.

6.51

Flighted, full and on middle, Brandon King usse his feet again and chips it down to long on for one.

6.42

Flatter, full and outside off, Brandon King drills it wide of sweeper covers for a brace.

6.36

SIX! What a shot! Straight as an arrow! Bjorn Fortuin gives this one some more air, on middle, Brandon King dances down the track, gets to the pitch of it, and smokes it over the bowler's head for a biggie as it hits the roof of the stadium.

6.20

Floated, full and on off, Brandon King pushes it towards short covers.

6.10

Oh..so close! Tossed up, full and on middle and leg, Brandon King moves a long way across to sweep but misses, the ball just goes past the leg-pole. Lucky for King!

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 64/1

B King51 (27)

K Mayers6 (4)

L Ngidi2-0-23-0

5.61

Slower one again, good length and around off, Brandon King uses his feet, fails to reach it completely but still goes through his lofted shot. He mistimes it a bit it still goes over mid on and gets stuck on the ground. Just one run. King wanted the second but was sent back.

5.54

FOUR! FIFTY FOR KING! A captain's knock and this has come at a quick time as well. Lungi Ngidi lands this short of a length and on off, sits up nicely for the batter, Brandon King stands tall and pulls it away towards the deep mid-wicket fence for another boundary.

5.41

Back of a length and on leg, Kyle Mayers flicks it away through square leg for a run.

5.31

On a length and on off, Brandon King guides it through point for a single.

5.20

Change of pace this time, touch fuller, on leg, angling in, Brandon King uses his feet again to swipe it away but misses it.

5.14

EDGED AND FOUR AGAIN! Lungi Ngidi sees the batter advance down the track and bangs this hard into the pitch, Brandon King goes for the pull but gets hurried, the ball flies off the top edge over the keeper's head for a boundary.

Lungi Ngidi (1-0-12-0) is back on.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 53/1

B King41 (22)

K Mayers5 (3)

A Phehlukwayo1-0-13-0

4.61

A single to end but 13 runs come off it and West Indies are flying here. Hard length around off, pushed out to covers for one.

4.56

SIX! All the way! Full and at the stumps, Brandon King picks the length early and comes down the pitch, gives himself a bit of room before whacking it over long off for a maximum.

4.40

Good length straight at the stumps and angling back in, Brandon King is late on the shot and gets hit on the legs.

4.34

FOUR! Not the first time that Brandon King has got a boundary off the inside edge. Slower one, pitched up around off, King looks to fetch and swing across the line but gets an inside edge just inches past the leg stump and into the fine leg fence.

4.21

Comes from around the wicket to the left-hander and angles it in around the hips, Kyle Mayers just nudges it around the corner for a single.

4.11

Starts on the shorter side and bowls it over middle, Brandon King firms the pull to deep mid-wicket and turns the strike over.

Another change for South Africa. Its a fifth different bowler in five overs as Andile Phehlukwayo is ready to start his spell.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 40/1

K Mayers4 (2)

B King29 (17)

O Baartman1-0-6-1

3.60

Back of a length and around off stump, Kyle Mayers stands tall and punches it down to covers.

3.54

FOUR! What timing first up! Short and a bit wide outside off, Kyle Mayers goes after the width and slaps the ball away in front of point for a brilliant boundary.

Kyle Mayers walks out to bat at number 3.

3.4W

OUT! CAUGHT! The two debutants combine to hand South Africa their first wicket and Johnson Charles walks back without doing any damage. Ottniel Baartman runs in and delivers it on a hard length over middle stump, Charles makes a bit of room and swats the ball away hitting it flat but straight to deep square. The other debutant, Ryan Rickelton crouches a bit and reverse-cups it well. Baartman with a wicket in his first over in T20I cricket.

3.30

Hits the deck this time and angles it in from around off stump, Johnson Charles looks to flick but is beaten on the inside edge and takes a blow to the thigh pad.

3.21

Nice and full again right at the stumps, Brandon King clips it away through mid-wicket for one more run.

3.11

Begins with a fuller delivery and angles it into middle and leg, Johnson Charles flicks it just in front of square leg and picks up a single.

Ottniel Baartman, the debutant comes into the attack now.

Runs Scored 17 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 34/0

B King28 (16)

J Charles0 (2)

G Coetzee1-0-13-0

2.62

Hard length around off stump, played away off the back foot past point for a couple of runs.

2.61wd

WIDE! Full again looking for the yorker at the toes but just spills it down leg for a wide.

2.54

FOUR! Nothing going the bowler's way at the moment. Goes full and straight now, Brandon King backs away to open up the off side but gets an inside edge that goes past leg stump and into the fine leg fence.

2.46

SIX! A well-directed bumper and two fielders in catching positions but the wind has taken the ball over the fence. This is bowled quick and right around the pace, Brandon King takes it on but gets a top edge that goes high up and keeps on going all the way over deep backward square leg for a maximum.

2.34lb

FOUR LEG BYES! Hard-length ball aimed at the mid riff at about 139 clicks, Brandon King looks to swivel and pull but gets hurried and the ball goes off the thigh pad into the fine leg fence for a boundary.

2.20

Goes full now and outside off, at a brisk pace too, Brandon King looks to shuffle across and heave it away but misses.

2.10

Starts from over the wicket and bowls a heavy ball, into the deck and at the batter, Brandon King gets cramped and has to block it off from the crease.

Gerald Coetzee replaces Bjorn Fortuin. There is a bit of a delay as the umpire is cleaning up a stranded kite rope lying on the ground. We are ready to continue again.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 17/0

B King16 (10)

J Charles0 (2)

L Ngidi1-0-12-0

1.61

Back of a length and angled into the batter, Brandon King hops and pushes it down in front of mid on for a quick single.

1.56

SIX! Brandon King doesn't miss three times in a row and finally gets the big hit away. Dug in even shorter and at the batter. King gets on the front foot and flat-bats it over long on for the first maximum of the game.

1.40

Seemed like an action replay of the previous ball. Short of a length and lanted in from off stump, Brandon King stays put to pull but is beaten by the lac of bounce.

1.30

Swing and a miss! Dug in short on off stump and angling it back in, not much room there but Brandon King looks to pull and misses.

1.20

Back of a length and outside off stump, Brandon King just dabs this one down behind point for a dot.

1.14

FOUR! Uh, oh! A bit of debut jitters from Ryan Rickelton as he makes a meal of that one. Banged in short and at the batter, Brandon King flicks it away just behind deep square leg where Rickleton gets across to his right but lets the ball through his hands for a boundary.

1.11wd

WIDE! A false starts from Lungi Ngidi as he angles this one short and well down the leg side for a wide.

Lungi Ngidi to share the attack.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 5/0

J Charles0 (2)

B King5 (4)

B Fortuin1-0-5-0

0.60

Quicker and flatter, Johnson Charles flicks it off the inside edge and the ball rolls behind square on the leg side. Tidy start from Bjorn Fortuin, just 5 off the first over.

0.50

This is drifted into the right-hander, Johnson Charles looks to play it off the back foot but misses and gets hit on the legs.

0.41

Bjorn Fortuin follows Brandon King past the leg stump and darts it in, King manages to cut it away past point for a single.

0.30

Bowled a bit flatter and angled into the pads, Brandon King plays all over it as he looks to turn it leg side and gets hit on the pads.

0.24

FOUR! The last ball was just a sighter and Brandon King is underway with a fine shot. Dragged length on the stumps, King comes down the pitch and hammers it through the cover region for a boundary and West Indies are up and running.

0.10

Starts from around the stumps and bowls it full and straight on the off stump, Brandon King gets his eye in as he blocks this one out.

Done with the pre-match formalities! We can see the South African players spreading out and taking their respective field positions. Brandon King and Johnson Charles are the two openers for West Indies. Spin early from South Africa as Bjorn Fortuin has the new ball in hand. Let's play...

We are not far away from the start of the game but before that, the players from both sides line up for the national anthems. It will be Jamaica's first followed by the national anthem of South Africa. Now, we will be hearing the national anthem of West Indies as well.

As we wait for the action to begin here, you can switch tabs and catch our coverage of the 2nd T20I between USA and Bangladesh where for the second game in the running, USA have beaten Bangladesh and have made history by clinching the three-game series 2-0 with a game in hand.

PITCH REPORT - Nikhil Uttamchandani is near the deck. He starts by saying that it's been a long time since an international game has been played here and says that the boundaries are equal on both sides square of the wicket. Carlos Braithwaite joins him and says that he would want to bowl the spinners from one particular side and the pacers from the other as there is some rough in one area and reckons that the breeze will play a role as well.

West Indies skipper, Brandon King says that they would have liked to bowl first as well but are happy to bat first. Adds that usually, it is a balanced pitch here and adds that there are a few known faces making their way back into the side like Johnson Charles and Fabian Allen. Ends by informing that Shamar Joseph will be making his debut and they are excited for him.

Rassie van der Dussen, the captain of South Africa says that they will bowl first. Adds that they haven't played here for a long time and wants to see how the wicket reacts. He says that the World Cup is the bigger picture but they will also have to respect this series and get accustomed to the conditions here. Informs that Ryan Rickelton and Ottniel Baartman will be making their debuts in this game.

South Africa (Playing XI) - Quinton de Kock (WK), Reeza Hendricks, Ryan Rickelton (On debut), Matthew Breetzke, Rassie van der Dussen (C), Wiaan Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, Gerald Coetzee, Bjorn Fortuin, Ottniel Baartman (On Debut), Lungi Ngidi.

West Indies (Playing XI) - Brandon King (C), Johnson Charles (WK), Kyle Mayers, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Fabian Allen, Matthew Forde, Akeal Hosein, Gudakesh Motie, Shamar Joseph (On debut), Obed McCoy.

TOSS - The flip of the coin lands in favor of South Africa and they will BOWL first.

As for South Africa, it will be Rassie van der Dussen who will lead the side and a lot of focus will be on Quinton de Kock who didn't have the best of times in the Indian T20 League and with him now only playing the shortest format of the international game, we might just see him in full flow. Matthew Breetzke is another batter everyone will be excited to watch and the bowling attack comprises of some well-seasoned pacers along with 'Chinaman' Tabraiz Shamsi who can turn the game on his own. All in all, it is set up to be a fabulous series and we should have some close encounters as well. Stick around as the toss and team sheets aren't far away.

Both teams come into the contest without their complete squad given the Indian T20 League is still going on and it will be Brandon King who will lead the hosts in the absence of Rovman Powell. The focus will be on Johnson Charles who has found his mojo back and has made his way back into the national side. Also, the West Indies will have most of their experienced players and have a good mix of youth in the side. Roston Chase has been named the vice-captain and it will be interesting to see what role he plays in the side. The spin duo of Gudakesh Motie and Akeal Hosein will be key and in the absence of the likes of Russell and Hetmyer, we might see a couple of other players stepping up.

Hello and a warm welcome to everyone tuning in. The much-anticipated Men's T20 World Cup is a few days away and a lot of teams have started to fine-tune their game with T20I series galore and now, the co-hosts of the mega event, West Indies welcome South Africa for a three-match T20I series with all three games scheduled to be played at the Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica. Both sides have quite a bit of expectation on their heads and will look to be competitive and get the best out of their squads.

... MATCH DAY ...

With the Indian T20 League reaching its thrilling conclusion, the global cricket scene is heating up as teams prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the US and the Caribbean this June. In a highly anticipated 3-match T20I series, the West Indies are set to host South Africa, promising some electrifying cricket action. Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica will be the venue where this exciting series kicks off. South Africa was the first to announce the 15-member squad for this crucial tour. Surprisingly, Aiden Markram, who will be leading the Proteas in the T20 World Cup, has been rested for this series, along with David Miller and the six-hitting machine Heinrich Klaasen. Rassie van der Dussen will lead the side. Veteran opener Quinton de Kock will be crucial for the tourists, looking to make a strong impact after a quiet stint in the Indian T20 League. He'll be joined by explosive batters like Reeza Hendricks and Matthew Breetzke, who had a fantastic outing with the bat in the SA20 earlier this year. Ryan Rickelton and Rassie van der Dussen will bolster the middle order, supported by Andile Phehlukwayo who holds the ability to smoke a few out of the park as well. Spearheading the pace attack will be Gerald Coetzee, Lungi Ngidi, Wiaan Mulder, and Ottniel Baartman. Tabraiz Shamsi and Bjorn Fortuin will handle the spin department. Additionally, the 21-year-old spinner Nqabayomzi Peter, who has seen a rapid ascent in his career, has also earned a spot on the trip to the Caribbean. The unfortunate injury to their premier fast bowler, Kagiso Rabada, is a significant worry that will undoubtedly weigh heavily on the minds of South Africa. Despite the absence of three key players, South Africa possesses sufficient firepower to present a formidable challenge to the Windies. The hosts, West Indies, announced their fifteen-player squad a few days before the series. With several key players occupied by the Indian T20 League, which is in its final week, Brandon King has been called up to lead the team. He'll be joined by big hitters like Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, and Kyle Mayers. Alick Athanaze is also in to boost the batting lineup. Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Romario Shepherd, and Akeal Hosein will handle the all-rounder duties. The West Indies have picked Gudakesh Motie and Roston Chase for their spin attack, with Akeal Hosein adding to their strength. Obed McCoy, Matthew Forde, and Hayden Walsh are the chosen pacers. Plus, new sensation Shamar Joseph is in the squad, and we might just see him make his international debut. Historically, South Africa has had a slight edge over the West Indies in their matchups. West Indies, still gutted for not qualifying for the ICC ODI World Cup last year, now have a golden opportunity to improve their performance and pose a stern challenge to the opposition ahead of the T20 World Cup. Who do you think will win this series opener?