But whether that will be enough to stop a “Gayle Force” is another matter. WIndies opener Chris Gayle smashed an unbeaten 100 in the opening game of the tournament, and will look to line up a hapless Proteas bowling attack at the VCA ground in Nagpur.
The South Africans crashed to 47/5 after Windies skipper Darren Sammy won the toss and chose to bowl first. Things went pear-shaped from the very first over as a mix-up between Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla ended in a run out.
De Kock knocked a Samuel Badree ball straight to Andre Russell at cover point and set off for a quick single. The run was probably not on and both batsmen hesitated mid-pitch before De Kock went through with it. Amla was caught just short of his crease to be run out for 1, and the Proteas were 1/1 off three balls.
The rot continued in the powerplay as Faf du Plessis (9) chipped the ball to Sulieman Benn at mid-off and Rilee Rossouw cut Chris Gayle to point for a duck.
AB de Villiers started off promisingly with a terrific straight drive for four, but was undone by Dwayne Bravo’s slower ball, which he chopped on to his stumps to be out for 10. That was a massive wicket as it meant that the last specialist batsman in David Miller was at the crease in the eighth over already.
But the left-handed Miller (1) lasted just four balls before Gayle darted one through his defences, which left the Proteas struggling at 47/5.
De Kock and Wiese, though, rebuilt the innings with a 50-run partnership, but then the left-handed attempted a risky sweep off Russell and was bowled for 47 off 46 balls (3x4, 1x6).
Wiese got to 28 off 26 and Morris was 16 not out at the end. But now the bowlers will have to produce the performance of their lives to restrict the West Indies and win the game for the Proteas.
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Teams For Nagpur
SA: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis (captain), AB de Villiers, Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, David Wiese, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Aaron Phangiso.
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy (captain), Carlos Brathwaite, Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn. - Independent MediaDavid Wiese and Chris Morris rescued South Africa from a disastrous start to ensure that a competitive total of 122/8 was posted in Friday’s ICC World T20 clash against the West Indies
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