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Bravo, bowlers inspire West Indies to final




West Indies pulled off an upset to beat South Africa for the second time in the triangular arrangement and book a spot in Sunday's last against Australia. The hosts, positioned eighth in this configuration, were just given an outside possibility of making it to the last match, in front of the competition, yet they finished with the same number of wins as top-positioned side Australia.

At 21 for 4 in the fifth over, West Indies watched out of the retribution yet Darren Bravo's third ODI century drove the recuperation after Kagiso Rabada's singing opening spell. Bravo and Kieron Pollard, who scored a ninth ODI fifty, collective a record 156-run stand for the fifth wicket to drive West Indies to 285.

Quick bowler Shannon Gabriel, playing just his second ODI, then ensured South Africa couldn't arrive. He diminished them to 28 for 3 and South Africa neglected to discover a batting saint. Farhaan Behardien was the main batsmen in the main seven to move beyond 16 and just South Africa's keep going pair put on a stand more than 31 as they were rejected for 185 in 46 overs.


Prior, it appeared to be West Indies would be in peril of collapsing in a comparable manner. They were leveled by Rabada's crude pace and rankling exactness on a surface with great convey. After Wayne Parnell had Andre Fletcher got behind, Rabada released Johnson Charles and Marlon Samuels off progressive balls. He was not able imitate his knocking down some pins mentor Charl Langeveldt and claim a cap trap, yet an over later he set Denesh Ramdin up by hitting him on the shoulder with a bouncer and after that going full to evacuate his center stump and leave West Indies reeling.

Things could have more terrible for them when Bravo, who was on 11 at the time, top-edged Morne Morkel however Parnell misconstrued the catch and parried it over for six. Three balls later, the light shower that had stuck around transformed into a storm and the 20-minute break permitted West Indies to regain some composure and plot a rebound.

They came back to face turn without precedent for Imran Tahir yet Bravo managed him with power, to such an extent that Tahir went wicketless without precedent for the arrangement. Pollard drove the attack against the seamers and tackled Morkel and Chris Morris, both of whom attempted to discover their lengths.

Bravo and Pollard scored at more than six runs a the over to drive AB de Villiers into rolling out steady rocking the bowling alley improvements, all without much of any result. Not just was the South African assault not able to discover a route through the pair, however they were untidy in their endeavors and rocked the bowling alley 19 additional conveyances.

They had a brief relief when Pollard attempted to clear long-on and Faf du Plessis took a sharp discover running once more from the internal ring yet with 20 overs left in the West Indian innings, Bravo read the circumstance well and went ahead. He was in the 80s when Pollard was released, and entered the nineties with a four off the base edge off Morris and raised his most precarious hundred in this arrangement off the same number of balls.

Holder took 17 balls to get his first run yet he could stand to be careful. In the wake of settling in, he scored a fundamental 40 and shared a 54-run stand for the 7th wicket with Carlos Brathwaite.

Having watched Australia pursue down 283 on Tuesday, South Africa would have been certain of their odds yet their line-up let them down, in spite of a few let-offs.

Hashim Amla ought to have been out of the fifth real ball he confronted, when he pursued an away-swinger from Gabriel yet Ramdin shelled the shot. He compensated for it two overs later when Quinton de Kock got a base edge and Ramdin took a one-gave get.

Du Plessis ought to have been run out when Amla set off for a dangerous single, however Andre Fletcher missed an immediate hit from point. Five balls later, Gabriel cut du Plessis into half with a sharp inducker and requested for the lbw. Amla persuaded du Plessis into an audit, yet it finished futile.

Abdominal muscle de Villiers just offered a chance, when he pursued a wide one from Gabriel, conveyed at 144.4kph and Ramdin did not pass up a major opportunity. He fell on his harmed right shoulder to take the catch however it guaranteed the South African chief finished the arrangement without a solitary fifty. Amla's fortunes ran out when Sunil Narine caught the opener in front with his second ball to uncover South Africa's center request.

Jason Holder, having recuperated from a hamstring strain to play this diversion, amazed a continuous ten spell and discovered prize when he had Duminy popping a main edge to chasm. Holder ought to have had another wicket when Behardien top-edged to fine leg yet Gabriel dropped it. By then, South Africa were 65 for 6 and West Indies were not left to mourn their missed shots.


Gabriel did not bowl again in the match and went off the field to tend to a damage which permitted Behardien and Wayne Parnell to mount a brief fightback. With the required run rate climbing, the main reason South Africa's tail served in keeping West Indies in the field was to disappoint them and Sulieman Benn was especially rankled. He hunt down a wicket without achievement, yet that would not take the shine off West Indies' win.

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