Spinners shine as a South Africa level series

South Africa took the second T20I against the West Indies to draw level in their five-game series thanks to an outstanding performance from their spinners.

Sent out to beat, the Proteas scored a total of 166/7, which was 16 too much for the hosts at St. George.

The tourists enjoyed a lightning start to their innings as Reeza Hendricks and Quinton de Kock made 73 runs for the opening stand before the latter fell to Kevin Sinclair (2/23) for 26 in the seventh run.

A strong powerplay from the visitors ⚡

Quinton de Kock (24 *) and Reeza Hendricks (34 *) wasted no time putting runs on the board!

South Africa is 69/0 after 6 overs pic.twitter.com/oZSoFht4U9

– ICC (@ICC) June 27, 2021

Sinclair struck again in the 10th round, keeping the dangerous Hendricks in the lead for 42 of 30 deliveries. At this point, the Proteas were a healthy 96/2 in 10.2 overs, but they couldn’t take advantage of the strong start.

Of the last 10 overs, South Africa managed only 71 runs, with captain Temba Bavuma (46 of 33) taking the majority of them while Obed McCoy won 3/25. After the top three by Hendricks, de Kock and Bavuma, David Millers was 11th.

A very strong start for South Africa, but the West Indies are smiling for the break.

Temba Bavuma (46) and Reeza Hendricks (42) help the Proteas post 166/7. # WIvSA pic.twitter.com/tmGwtkzNq3

– ICC (@ICC) June 27, 2021

Failure to build on that start appeared to cost South Africa as the West Indies sped off the blocks in their response.

After throwing a six in the second ball of the inning, Evin Lewis stormed 21 of the first 15 balls he faced before his stumps were blown apart by Anrich Nortje (1/27) in the fourth over.

From there there was a steady procession of wickets as the West Indies slumped from 31/0 on the fourth to 72/5 at the end of the 11th.

Lewis was briefly followed back to the pavilion by Chris Gayle (8), represented by Kagiso Rabada (3/37), before George Linde Nicholas Pooran (9) and Andre Russell (5) on either side of Tabraiz Shamsi’s dismissal of Kieron Pollard remote (1).

Despite the best efforts of Fabian Allen, who hit five sixes in his 12-ball 34, the West Indies could not recover from it.

Linde (2/19) and Shamsi (1/16) were the stars of the show in the second innings, recording their eight overs combined numbers of 3/35.

The two sides will meet next on Tuesday.

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