West Indies thrash South Africa by 100 runs to qualify for the finals of tri-nation series

The ninth game in West Indies Tri-nation series was theĀ  eliminator between host West indies and South Africa played at Bridgetown, Barbados.

West Indies came out on top against South Africa to win the game by 100 runs to reach the finals of tri-nation series. For South Africa, Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada were the standout bowlers for the side while lower order for South Africa did provide resistance to prevent the inevitable as Windies won the game in the end.For hosts, fast bowler Shannon Gabriel ripped out the top order with three wickets to provide all the momentum for his side in the second innings. Sunil Narine, Carlos Brathwaite and Jason Holder were also among the wickets to see their side to a comprehensive victory over South Africa. West Indies will now face Australia at the same ground on 24th June.

South Africa got off to a woeful start as Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis were dismissed early by the pace bowler Shannon Gabriel. When AB de Villiers was taken out by Gabriel, Proteas were reeling at 28 for 3 after 8 overs. Hashim Amla was last hope but he also perished as off spinner Sunil Narine trapped him leg beforeĀ  for 15 runs. Jason Holder also got into the act as he took the wicket of JP Duminy for 5 to see Proteas in deep trouble at 51 for 5 after 14 overs. Farhan Behardien showed some fight for his 35 runs along with Wayne Parnell who scored 28 runs. The last pair of Imran Tahir and Morne Morkel contributed 51 runs but Carlos Brathwaite got the wicket to finish off the game in style for West Indies.

Earlier in the day, South Africa led by AB de Villiers won the toss and decided to field first. Darren Bravo scored a sublime century after his side was in deep trouble with 4 wickets down inside five overs. Bravo scored his third century to put his side in a position of ascendancy when it looked South Africa would be able to bowl out West Indies for a low score. The game turned at a crucial when Bravo and Pollard came at the crease with 149 run partnership to help West Indies a competitive total of 285 runs after 50 overs. Kagiso Rabada was the star with the ball at the start but the rest of the lot was expensive and wayward in the innings.

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