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South Africa set up tri-series final with India; WI eliminated

Tazmin British scored 50* on 43 balls

A comprehensive 10-wicket win for South Africa in their T20I tri-series match against the West Indies on Wednesday (January 25) meant the Caribbean side were ineligible for a spot in the final despite two games remaining to be in the round-robin phase. After taking just 97/6, the West Indies saw the South African openers run away in pursuit as the hosts needed just 13.4 overs to reach the target.

West Indies chose to bat, losing to Rashada Williams and Shemaine Campbelle in the first five overs with just five runs on the board. Nonkululeko Mlaba and Masabata Klaas bowled three maidens in the first five, while the West Indies only scored six runs in the power play. The first four came off Britney Cooper’s bat in the seventh, while Shabika Gajnabi hit two consecutive fours off Annerie Dercksen in the 10th. However, the West Indies could only get 29 half way through the leg for the loss of three wickets.

Hayley Matthews hit a few against the fence, even as Mlaba finished with excellent figures of 1 for 7 from her four overs. Shabika Gajnabi helped Matthews build a solid partnership, with the fifth wicket pair adding 61 from 53. But the poor batting in the first half prevented the West Indies from crossing the 100-run mark.

Tazmin Brits and Laura Wolvaardt continued the steady chase and got 36 runs off the power play, including six fours between the two openers. The British finished with a total of seven fours and a six by the time the chase was over to finish unbeaten at 50-for-43, while Wolvaardt hit six fours in her innings of 42 not out of 39.

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South Africa will take on India in the fifth match of the tri-series, followed by West Indies’ match against the Harmanpreet Kaur led team. But the matches only provide extra training for South Africa and India, who will compete in the final on February 2.

Short scores: West Indies 97/6 in 20 overs (Hayley Matthews 34, Shabika Gajnabi 33; Tumi Sekhukhune 2-24, Nonkululeko Mlaba 1-7) lost to South Africa 98/0 in 13.4 overs (Tazmin Britten 50*, Laura Wolvaardt 42*) with 10 wickets.

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