Darren Bravo’s third hundred and bold rapid bowling from Shannon Gabriel propelled the West Indies to a a hundred-run win over South Africa within the ninth and ultimate preliminary suit of the Tri-Nation One-Day global series.
Bravo’s stroke-filled 102, which earned him the “Man of the match” award, anchored an outstanding restoration from 21 for four to carry the West Indies to 285 all out off 49.5 overs batting first at Kensington Oval on Friday.
Gabriel, in simply his 2d ODI, then tore via the Proteas’ vaunted top-order, taking the wickets of Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and captain A.B. De Villiers within the space of 4 fearsome overs.
It was a setback from which they not ever recovered, finally being disregarded for 186 off forty six overs despite a last-wicket partnership of fifty one between Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir. Sunil Narine ensured there could be no break out for the South Africans after Gabriel’s early blast, the spinner taking three for 28 off ten overs.
“i have been getting begins on this series with out relatively carrying on,” stated Bravo after the suit. “I labored further difficult in the nets yesterday and things just worked out for me at present with the support of Polly (Kieron Pollard).”
With their 2nd win in three matches against the Proteas in the event, the hosts strengthen to face World Cup-holders Australia within the final on Sunday at the same venue. It is also the primary time in ten years that South Africa have failed to reach the ultimate of a tri-nation ODI sequence.
Of trouble for the West Indies looking ahead to the final although will be the health of Gabriel, who left the field nursing a proper leg damage after claiming the impressive figures of three for 17 from 5 overs of extreme percent. He should have also snared the wicket of Hashim Amla however wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin neglected the simple possibility provided by the prolific opener.
West Indies had been themselves rocked again at 21 for 4 when pacer Kagiso Rabada led the assault after de Villiers selected to subject. Nonetheless Bravo’s 1/3 one-day century, embellished with 12 fours and 4 sixes off 103 deliveries, proved beneficial. He found an ready associate in Kieron Pollard, who curbed his typical all-out aggression in compiling 62 off seventy one balls.
Their fifth-wicket stand of 156 used to be a brand new West Indian document for the wicket against South Africa and wrested the initiative from the visitors who did not support their intent with traditionally untidy cricket within the subject, speedy-medium bowler Morne Morkel offering six of the 17 wides conceded by means of the Proteas.
Morkel’s 9 overs rate 68 runs yet for all that indiscipline, he must have nonetheless claimed the predominant wicket early on of Bravo who, on 11, high-edged an tried hook just for Wayne Parnell to misjudge the trap at first-rate-leg and parry the ball over the boundary rope.