Batsmen stumble against Windies

Henry

Batsmen such as Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, Tristan Stubbs and David Miller did not tour together, but the Proteas can still deliver a much better willow batten performance than in the first T20 match against the West Indies in Jamaica.

The Windies beat the South Africans by 28 runs and in the end it was only Reeza Hendricks (87 runs from 51 balls) who offered any resistance with the bat.

In the end, it was the medium-fast deliveries of Matthew Forde (3/27) and the spin bowling of Gudakesh Motie (3/25) that caused the biggest consternation among the visiting batsmen.

South Africa had to score 176 runs for victory, but Hendricks got very little support from his teammates.

Matthew Breetzke’s 19 runs was the next best contribution, while Quinton de Kock (4), Ryan Rickelton (6) and Wiaan Mulder (0) were dismissed cheaply.

Earlier, Ottniel Baartman underlined his value in white-ball cricket when he took three wickets in his international T20 debut.

The 31-year-old fast bowler took the wickets of Johnson Charles, Akeal Hosein and Forde to boast a bowling analysis of 3/26.

Baartman was one of the stars of the SA20 tournament and he took 18 wickets at an average of 11.70 for the Sunrisers Eastern Cape. He particularly impressed in his matches against the Pretoria Capitals (4/12) and the Super Giants (4/10).

The second T20 match between the Proteas and the Windies will be decided in Kingston on Saturday.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

West Indies 175/8 in 20 overs: Brandon King 79, Kyle Mayers 34 and Ottniel Baartman 3/26.

South Africa 147/10 in 19.5 overs: Reeza Hendricks 87, Matthew Breetzke 19 and Gudakesh Motie 3/25.