The West Indies overcame the loss of a key bowler to beat South Africa by 21 runs in the fourth Twenty20 on Thursday, leveling the five-match series at 2-2.
The fifth and decisive match will be played on Saturday.
The West Indies lost left-hander Fabian Allen due to a shoulder injury in the field as it defended the total of 167 for 6.
Dwayne Bravo steps out and takes 4 for 19, including the crucial wicket of Quinton de Kock for 60, as the West Indies limited South Africa to 146 for 9. Captain Kieron Pollard also played a key role in the loss of Allen to be reimbursed. takes 1 for 24 from his four overs.
Andre Russell had a bigger workload, with 2 on 20 and the self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle failed with the bat, but claimed the wicket of Proteas opening batsman Reeza Hendricks with his first delivery and finished with 1 for 11 . .
“Chris (Gayle) throws one over and gets a wicket … sometimes you take a chance and it works,” said Pollard, who was the man of the match.
Pollard said with Allen out of action with a dislocated shoulder “we had to make up a few overs immediately.
‘In the first few games I did not bowl much,’ he said, ‘and then in the last game. It was a matter of trying to use a lot of experience. If we (Bravo) and Obed McCoy continue to do well with us, and that Andre Russell comes to play in the game today and has his four overs tilted and a few wickets … I think that was important to us. It was a total team effort from us, so let’s see what happens on Saturday. ”
For the first time in the series, South Africa won the toss on Thursday and could ask the West Indies to bat.
The home side were in trouble in the 15th over at 101 for 6 before the flag was saved by an uninterrupted partnership of 66 runs around the eighth wicket between Pollard and Allen.
Pollard hit a half-century of 24 balls, including five sixes, and 51 ended, not out. He took three sixes under 25 from the 19th, which was almost the difference between the teams.
Allen played a key supporting role and scored 19 of 13 balls as the West Indies moved up their innings in the last five overs.
“I haven’t faced many deliveries in the last few games, so I tried to give myself a chance and to be there at the end, I did time and time again,” Pollard said.
The total of the West Indies was equal to the series. In the first game South Africa first batted 160 for 6, in the second game 166 for 7 and in the third 167 for 8.
As long as de Kock was on track, South Africa equalized with the chance to win the match and the series. This would be South Africa’s first victory in a T20 series in two years.
De Kock batted until the 18th over and took his 63 runs off 43 balls. South Africa needed 50 runs from the last 25 balls, an insurmountable task. But when de Kock at one point sent a wide delivery of Bravo directly to Lendl Simmons, the Proteas’ chase was almost over. After de Kock, the next best attempt for South Africa was Aiden Markram’s 20.
West Indies 167 for 6 out of 20 overs (Pollard 51 nr, Simmons 47) beat South Africa 146 for 9 in 20 overs (De Kock 60, Bravo 4 for 19) by 21 runs.