Windies blow Proteas upside down

Henry

Johnson Charles’ whirlwind batting performance saw the West Indies win the third T20I against the Proteas by eight wickets in Kingston.

The home team also concluded the series with 3-0.

Charles’ 69 runs from 26 balls made the Windies’ run chase look like child’s play and they reached the target of 164 runs already in the 14th over.

The 35-year-old batsman hit 14 boundaries and the Protea bowlers were not resistant to his flashy bat.

When the promising Nqaba Peter finally took his wicket, the home team already had 92 runs on the scoreboard.

Earlier, the Protea batsmen struggled to get going and they were knee-deep in trouble with the score at 50/4 before Rassie van der Dussen (51 runs) and Wiaan Mulder (36 runs) threw some ground.

“It is very disappointing and the Windies were already much better than us in the first match. We struggled to adapt to the conditions and now we couldn’t find answers with the ball,” Van der Dussen said.

According to the temporary Protea captain, it is time to add action to words.

“There is no excuse for our performances. Their batting caught us off guard and they simply bowled better than us. They taught us a cricket lesson.”

  • Summary of the scorecard:

South Africa 163/7 in 20 overs: Rassie van der Dussen 51, Wiaan Mulder 36 and Obed McCoy 3/39.

West Indies 165/2 in 13.5 overs: Johnson Charles 69, Brandon King 44 and Nqaba Peter 1/27.