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#SAvsWI | West Indies book spot in World T20 semis after narrow win over SA

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 6:03 IST

South Africa have had a long, unimpressive history in World Cups. The Proteas have been trying to shed their 'chokers' tag for many years now, but their performance against West Indies in the World T20 would have done nothing to change that.

West Indies reached South Africa's target with 2 balls to spare, after making heavy weather of what seemed to be a fairly easy run chase before the second innings began. Losing the wicket of Chris Gayle early on in the innings was a definite blow for Darren Sammy's side, normally used to getting an explosive start from the left handed batsman.

But veteran Marlon Samuels walked in to steady the ship for West Indies. Blocking one end, the batsman at the other end was free to play his shots.

South Africa did keep taking wickets at regular intervals, and the match went all the way till the last over. However, the score on the board was too low for South Africa to defend in the end, with the win sparking jubilant celebrations in the West Indies dugout.

To qualify, South Africa now need other results in Group 1 to go their way.

First published: 25 March 2016, 11:34 IST