1st T20I: Rovman Powell fires Windies to victory in rain-curtailed clash against South Africa | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: cloak and dagger Rovman Powell dazzled with an unbeaten 43 from 18 balls as he fired West Indies to a three-wicket win over South Africa in the rain-shortened first T20I at Centurion on Saturday.
The skipper was at his best as West Indies chased 132 with three balls to spare.
With the win, the visitors took a 1-0 lead in the 3-game series.
The match was reduced to 11 overs each with South Africa scoring 131-8 and then the tourists responding with 132-7.
After a two-hour delay, Powell put South Africa to bat in wet conditions and got immediate returns as key batsmen Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw left on the cheap.
David Miller came to the rescue of the home side by scoring 48 from 22 which, coupled with cameos from Reeza Hendricks (21) and Sisanda Magala (18 not knocked out), took South Africa to a total defensible.
West Indies attacked early in their innings, scoring 17 runs on their first four serves before South Africa caught Kyle Mayers on the next delivery.
Brandon King (23) and Johnson Charles (28) continued to bully the bowlers before Powell hit three sixes and a four as the West Indies plundered 25 runs over Bjorn Fortuin in the eighth.
That left them needing 20 runs from the final three overs, but what should have been a routine task was frustrated by two wickets from as many balls for Magala before Powell secured victory in the final overs.

The second matchup of the T20 will also be played at the Centurion on Sunday.
(With contributions from Reuters)


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