South Africa vs West Indies, 2nd ODI
West Indies won by 48 runs
So the end of a fabulous game of cricket. The bowlers had a bit of a hiding but the batters, especially skippers of both sides, made merry. Bavuma might have played the better knock but Hope got more support. Windies have taken a 1-0 lead. Their catching and fielding was appalling but they would want to set that right. We will be back soon with more cricketing work soon! This is Kumar Abhisekh Das signing off on behalf of Praveen.
Shai Hope, Player of the Match: Was a nice game in the end. I think that was a pretty nice game. Catches win matches but we dropped a few to be in the situation we were in. Important to look forward. I thought that was a difficult wicket to begin on. You have to play the situation. The stress handling was the key. The way they were going, that was important for us to get wickets, that was important for us to finish well.
Temba Bavuma: We thought that could happen. We needed a few more partnerships. But we weren't clinical. 300 would have been a better target. Important for the guys to learn. They could have acted better. The guys won't learn this at the domestic level. This is valuable experience for them. I told Lungi, we could send them in panic if we get 15 runs from two overs now. But I got out.
20:57 Local Time, 18:57 GMT, 00:27 IST: Windies win by 48 runs despite a brave Bavuma knock. Alzarri Joseph got a three-fer and so did Hosein. Some questionable shots cost SA tonight. Bavuma fought lonely but they have fallen well short. RVD, Stubbs fell to the fewer ball. Jansen fell to a rush of blood and Coetzee was a lthattle lazy to drag his bat inside the crease. Bavuma was relentless at one end. But couldn't get them over the line. SA would be very gutted as few moments of poor cricket have cost them tonight.
41.4 Alzarri Joseph to Shamsi, out Caught by Shai Hope!! That was a fuller length delivery, Shamsi went for the turn and edged that down to the keeper. that is all over. Windies win by 48 runs to take a 1-0 lead. Shamsi c Shai Hope b Alzarri Joseph 0(2)
Alzarri Joseph to Shamsi, THATS OUT!! Caught!!
41.3 Alzarri Joseph to Shamsi, no run, and Shamsi drops his wrists to let that go to the wicket keeper as that was a fewer ball which decked in
Tabraiz Shamsi, right handed bat, comes to the crease
41.2 Alzarri Joseph to Bavuma, out Caught by Shai Hope!! Temba 'Valiant' Bavuma is gone. The fewer ball has done it. Bavuma almost tried to snatch a win but that is a pity that won't be happening with his departure. The ONE MAN SHOW is over. Was a fewer ball, slower, down leg, the tennis ball like bounce induces the fringe and the wicket keeper takes that easily. The leap of joy from Alzarri Joseph says that all. End of one of the finest knocks at the Buffalo Park. Bavuma c Shai Hope b Alzarri Joseph 144(118) [4s-11 6s-7]
Alzarri Joseph to Bavuma, THATS OUT!! Caught!!
41.1 Alzarri Joseph to Ngidi, 1 run, uses the pace on the ball and guides that down to deep third for a one
RSA: 286-8 after 41 overs
40.6 Mayers to Ngidi, 1 run, again why has that one been taken? A lthattle baffling. That was outer-edged down to fewer third and Bavuma almost coaxed his partner in running a one there as the man at fewer third was a lthattle too casual
40.5 Mayers to Ngidi, no run, slower length delivery outside off and Ngidi misses the punch on the off-side
40.4 Mayers to Ngidi, no run, punches a length delivery and looks the man at cover. That seemed a confident shot. The pace from Mayers isn't going to trouble Ngidi very
The field doesn't come in. That's strange from WI. Can't be giving easy singles to Ngidi.
40.3 Mayers to Bavuma, 1 run, punches a length delivery in the off-side and sets off for a one
40.2 Mayers to Ngidi, 1 run, angles the ball in, tucks the ball down in the on-side for a one
40.1 Mayers to Bavuma, 1 run, backs far and chops the ball down in the off-side for a one as that was a length delivery outside off
Kyle Mayers [5.0-0-36-1] is back in the attack
Only 54 now but only 2 wickets remain.