Charles bashes 69, bowlers star as West Indies sweep South Africa 3-0

West Indies 165 for 2 (Charles 69, King 44, Mayers 36*, Peter 1-27) beat South Africa 163 for 7 (van dur Dussen 51, McCoy 3-39, Motie 2-21) by eight wickets


West Indies swept the three-match series against South Africa to conclude their T20 World Cup preparations in the most commanding way possible before the tournament starts next week.

South Africa, on the other hand, have won just two of their last 11 completed T20I matches since the last T20 World Cup and have lost series to West Indies twice and Australia once, and enter the global competition on the back foot.

If there’s any consolation, it’s that none of South Africa’s powerhouse middle order of Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller and Tristan Stubbs were part of this series, but all will return for the World Cup.

Still, there remain concerns over Quinton de Kock, who scored 64 runs in three innings and had a poor BBL, SA20 and IPL, while also appearing to pick up a back injury on Sunday; and Ryan Rickelton, who managed only 43 runs in three innings.

Equally, Anrich Nortje’s economy rate of 12.16 through the series and the absence of any wickets to his name asks questions over his readiness for international cricket after an almost nine-month absence as he recovered from a lower-back stress fracture.

But he is part of South Africa’s final squad for the World Cup, as they travel to the United States for their opening matches.

West Indies head to Trinidad to play Australia in a warm-up match before their first World Cup match in Guyana, and they appear as ready as they can be.

They’ve won four out of five series since the last T20 World Cup, and beat South Africa 3-0 for the first time in this one.

After defending totals of 175 and 207 to win the series, they were made to chase and hunted down 164 inside 14 overs to ease past South Africa again.

Obed McCoy, added to the T20 World Cup squad in the place of the injured Jason Holder, was the most successful bowler in the final match with 3 for 39, while stand-in captain Brandon King finished as the series’ leading run-scorer and captained the team to victory on his home ground Sabina Park, which will not see any T20 World Cup action. (ESPNcricinfo)

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  1. Patricia Pierre says

    My heartiest congratulations go out to our West Indies team. You have done very well boys. We are proud of you. Do keep our flags flying

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