Chase, Motie star in victory over South Africa: Windies clinch T20 series

West Indies and South Africa players greet each other after the match. - Photo courtesy Cricket West Indies
West Indies and South Africa players greet each other after the match. - Photo courtesy Cricket West Indies

KINGSTON: All-rounder Roston Chase blasted a career-best, unbeaten fifty in a man-of-the-match effort and left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie followed up with a box office spell, as West Indies held their nerve superbly to defeat South Africa by 16 runs and seal the three-match series here Saturday. West Indies took an unassailable 2-0 series lead.

Opting to bat first in the second T20 International at Sabina Park, the home side rattled up an impressive 207/7 off their 20 overs with the 32-year-old Chase top scoring with a scintillating 38-ball 67 not out – his maiden half-century in the shortest format.

In reply, South Africa raced to 81 without loss in only the sixth over with Quinton de Kock (41) and Reeza Hendricks (34) at the crease and leaving West Indies scrambling to find solutions to the haemorrhaging of runs.

Motie came to his side’s rescue, producing a brilliant four-over spell of 3/22 as South Africa lost their next seven wickets for 86 runs. South Africa closed on 191/7 off their 20 overs.

Captain Rassie van der Dussen struck a last ditch 30 from 22 balls with two sixes, but the visitors lacked the firepower they needed in order to rally.

Fast bowling all-rounder Romario Shepherd and off-spinner Chase grabbed only a wicket apiece, but they too put the shackles on the Proteas scoring with stingy four-over spells that yielded 23 and 26 runs respectively.

The victory followed on the heels of Thursday’s 28-run win, and propelled West Indies’ preparations for next month’s ICC Twenty20 World Cup into high gear.

Captain Brandon King once again provided the ideal launch for the innings, belting 36 from 22 deliveries with two fours and three sixes as West Indies raced to 54/1 inside the powerplay.

Johnson Charles became the first casualty when he skied to deep mid-wicket in the fourth over for seven with the score on 26, and King put on a further 28 for the second wicket with Kyle Mayers (32) before following in the seventh over, tugging an innocuous delivery from leg-spinner Nqabayomzi Peter (2/32) to long on.

The left-handed Mayers picked up the slack, clobbering two fours and three sixes in a 16-ball cameo but his demise, caught on the ropes at deep square, left West Indies stuttering on 83/3 in the ninth over.

Chase, in only his 13th T20I, then emerged from a slow start to pummel seven fours and a brace of sixes as he anchored successive half-century stands to ensure West Indies dominated the back end of the innings.

He posted 56 for the fourth wicket with Andre Fletcher (29) and a further 63 for the fifth wicket with Shepherd whose 13-ball 26 included a four and three sixes.

West Indies batsman Roston Chase on the charge during the second T20 against South Africa at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 25. - Photo courtesy Cricket West Indies

Chase stormed to his 50 off 30 balls in the 17th over, raising the landmark with a mighty six over mid-wicket off pacer Lungi Ngidi (2/41) as West Indies gathered a whopping 80 runs from the last six overs.

de Kock, especially, then stunned West Indies, blasting four fours and four sixes in an entertaining 17-ball stay at the crease, putting on 81 off 30 balls with opening partner Hendricks, who struck two fours and three sixes in an 18-ball cameo.

Left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein got the breakthrough when he bowled de Kock as the left-hander backed away to cut and with only two runs added in the next over, Hendricks missed a paddle at a faster, full-length ball from Chase and had his stumps also rattled.

The two wickets hauled the home side back in the contest and though Ryan Rickelton (19) and Matthew Breetzke (12) added 30 for the third wicket, there were no fireworks, as boundaries became rare.

Breetzke was eventually run out in the tenth over at the striker’s end attempting a second, Rickelton skied to Mayers at cover in the 12th and Andile Phehlukwayo (three) was brilliantly taken at deep cover by Joseph in the 15th from Motie, to leave South Africa in trouble at 138/5.

van der Dussen tried to rescue the chase in a 28-run, sixth wicket partnership with Wiaan Mulder (nine) but Motie got him to mis-hit a full toss to long off in the 17th over, effectively ending his side’s resistance.


Summarised Scores:

WEST INDIES 207/7 (20 overs) (Roston Chase 67 not out, Brandon King 36, Kyle Mayers 32, Andre Fletcher 29, Romario Shepherd 26; Nqabayomzi Peter 2-32, Lungi Ngidi 2-41) vs SOUTH AFRICA 191/7 (20 overs) (Quinton de Kock 40, Reeza Hendricks 34, Rassie van der Dussen 30; Gudakesh Motie 3-22). West Indies won by 16 runs.


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