Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock shared a second wicket partnership of 127 runs, which saw South Africa win by 25 runs over the West Indies in the fifth Twenty20 series on Saturday and a 3-2 victory in the series.
Markram had a best 70 career and beat his previous best of 63, and de Kock had an excellent run with 60 off 42 balls as South Africa reached 168 for 4 after winning the toss.
Pulse spinner Tabraiz Shamsi took 1 for 11 from his four overs and Kagiso Rabada put down Dwayne Bravo and Nicholas Pooran with consecutive balls in the 19th over as the Proteas limited the West Indies to 143 for 9 to secure their first win in to achieve the T20 series in two years. It was also the first victory in the T20 series for captain Temba Bavuma and coach Mark Boucher.
Shamsi showed why he is the world bowler Twenty20 on the world rankings, with seven wickets in the series with an average of 11.4.
South Africa finished sixth in the world in the T20 series and took on the home defending world champion. The victory in the series gives him confidence for the T20 World Cup this year. The Proteas had previously swept the two-Test series between the teams.
“First, we’re going to take confidence to win both series,” said senior fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, who won 2 for 24 on Saturday. “It was incredible to win the Test series, our first Test series victory away from home for about four years.
“And then against the defending world champion – this West Indies team is an extremely talented and extremely strong T20 team and also experienced. We learned a lot, especially in this format. We learned a lot to play against them. ”
The match followed the pattern of others in the series when the team that batted for the first time was a total of just 170. In the first match South Africa made 160 for 6, in the second 166 for 7, in the third 167 for 8, and in the fourth place the West Indies made 167 for 6. The total was defensible in all but the first match the West Indies won by eight wickets.
South Africa should probably have scored more in all five matches, after being drawn by its top order. But the finish in the last five overs was weak. That was the case again on Saturday after reaching 128 for 1 in the 15th over, but managed to add just 40 runs.
De Kock was his anchor throughout the series with a score of 37, 26, 72, 60 and 60 – 255 runs on an average of 51. The Proteas had a sideline on the versatile all-rounder. his inability to take full advantage of a good start.
His bowlers performed well throughout the series, led by Shamsi. Fast bowler Lungi Ngidi took 3 for 32 on Saturday and young medium tempo Wiaan Mulder, who played his first game in the series and only the second in his career, took 2 for 31, including the wickets of Kieron Pollard (13) and Andre Russell. with consecutive balls in the 15th over.
Pollard was apparently the key to a successful chase in the West Indies, but pulled a thigh muscle with a quick single cut and was out shortly thereafter.
“The most disappointing thing is that we make the same mistakes over and over again and that is the definition of insanity,” Pollard said. “We set up the game pretty well. At the 14-over point, we needed 67 out of 40 deliveries with guys in the barn knowing how to win such games. The disappointing factor is that guys did not take the opportunity to show that we learned from what happened throughout the series. ”
South Africa 168 for 4 out of 20 overs (Markram 70, De Kock 60) beat West Indies 143 for 9 in 20 overs (Lewis 52, Ngidi 3 for 32) by 25 runs