Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the sixth One-Day International (ODI) of the tri-nation series between hosts West Indies and visitors South Africa at the Warner Park Stadium in Basseterre at St Kitts on Wednesday. I am R Narayan, and I will be bringing to you all the live updates from today’s game. West Indies have managed to play three games so far, winning a couple and losing a game as they are second in the points table, followed by South Africa, who too have played three games, managing to win one and losing a couple, thus making this game a must win for them in order to stay alive in the competition. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: West Indies vs South Africa, 6th ODI Match

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: WI 204/10 in 38 Ovs. BATTING: Sunil Narine 18 (13) Taylor is the last man to come in. South Africa are set to go atop of the table with a win with bonus point. Rabada returns to the attack, and Taylor welcomes him with a boundary. Another boundary from Taylor. Not going down without a fight, eh? Tahir to continue, aiming for his seventh wicket. SIX! Taylor is enjoying himself out there as West Indies go past 200. OUT! Tahir gets his seventh scalp.

Taylor b Tahir 16 (11)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: WI 182/9 in 35.3 Ovs. BATTING: Sunil Narine 13 (9)  Sulieman Benn comes at the crease as Shamsi to bowl his 9th over. Dropped! De Kock drops a very tough chance as Narine survives. OUT! Sixth wicket for Tahir as Benn goes.

Benn c Shamsi b Tahir 0 (2)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: WI 170/8 in 34 Ovs. BATTING: Sunil Narine 1 (2)  Narine comes in as Tahir is causing havoc. OUT! Tahir gets his third wicket in the over

Pollard c Behardien b Tahir 20 (34)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: WI 169/7 in 33.2 Ovs. BATTING: Kieron Pollard 20 (32)  West Indies need 191 runs from the final 20 overs. Just five runs in the last two overs. Required rate has gone over 10 RPO for the first time. Shamsi is back into the attack, and is greeted with a HUGE SIX from Pollard. OUT! Tahir returns to the attack and removes Holder the very first ball. OUT! Tahir on a hat-trick now as Brathwaite is gone for a duck.

Brathwaite b Tahir 0 (1)

Holder lbw Tahir 19 (31)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: WI 153/5 in 30 Ovs. BATTING: Kieron Pollard 11 (24), Jason Holder 14 (20)  Skipper Holder comes to the crease with his side in deep deep trouble. The spin duo of Tahir and Shamsi have spun a web around the West Indian batsmen, scalping four wickets combined. Required rate has jumped up to nearly 8.5 RPO. Pollard is itching to have a go at either of the two spinners. Rabada is back into the attack. A much much needed boundary for Holder. 

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: WI 128/5 in 23 Ovs. BATTING: Kieron Pollard 1 (1)  The destructive Pollard comes to the crease. Flat six from Marlon Samuels straight down the ground. OUT! Imran Tahir’s 100th ODI wicket is Samuels.

Samuels c de Kock b Tahir 24 (30)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: WI 121/4 in 22 Ovs. BATTING: Marlon Samuels 18 (25)  Another boundary, this time of Samuels’ bat. Shamsi back into the attack. OUT! Ramdin is caught by Morris.

Ramdin c Morris b Shamsi 11 (18)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: WI 104/3 in 20 Ovs. BATTING: Marlon Samuels 8 (18), Denesh Ramdin 9 (14)  Ramdin comes in next, with his side really struggling after a great start. Required rate is creeping up and has gone over 7.5 RPO now. Tahir is back into the attack again. West Indies reach the 100-run mark in the 20th over, scoring at around 5 RPO. Much needed boundary by Ramdin. Last 10 overs have been absolutely sensational for South Africa. 

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: WI 90/3 in 16 Ovs. BATTING: Marlon Samuels 3 (8)  Samuels is the next batsman in, with both the openers gone. Morris continues on as required run rate creeps over 7 RPO. Parnell replaces Morris as 15 overs have been bowled. OUT! Bravo is removed by Parnell.

Bravo b Parnell 11 (19)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: WI 82/2 in 13 Ovs. BATTING: Darren Bravo 6 (8)  Bravo is the next to come in. And he starts of with a brilliant drive through covers for a boundary. Ten overs have been bowled, West Indies are well placed at 74 for 1, needing 270 runs from 40 overs. Shamsi replaces Tahir. Good few overs for South Africa as required run rate increases. OUT! Charles is caught at long off.

Charles c du Plessis b Shamsi 49 (41)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: WI 69/1 in 9 Ovs. BATTING: Johnson Charles 42 (26)  Rabada continues, and his first ball is dispatched towards boundary by Fletcher. SIX! Charles gets a top edge as the ball sails away for a maximum. Imran Tahir comes in as the first change. Just two runs of his first over. Morris into the attack now. Tahir continues as Charles scores another boundary. OUT! Fletcher is removed after a brilliant catch from Behardien.

Fletcher c Behardien b Tahir 21 (30)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: WI 46/0 in 5 Ovs. BATTING: Johnson Charles 29 (15) , Andre Fletcher 13 (17)  West Indies openers get us underway as Wayne Parnell will bowl the first over. First boundary of the innings for Charles, who guides the ball towards fine leg. He is on the attack, scoring two more boundaries. Back to back free hits for West Indies. The first no ball is miscued by Charles, but Fletcher makes sure to get a boundary of the second one. The very next ball, another boundary as Parnell’s second over goes for 16 runs. Great start for the hosts. What a yorker from Rabada, nearly removing Fletcher. Another boundary for Charles, who is scoring at a strike rate of nearly 200.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SA 343/4 in 50 Ovs. BATTING: Faf du Plessis 73 (50), JP Duminy 10 (5) — Duminy is the next man to come in. Brilliant batting from du Plessis, as he scores a six and a four of the 49th over. He has played a gem of an innings after struggling initially. The final three overs have been incredible for the visitors, with 41 runs coming. West Indies need a mammoth 344 to win this game now.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SA 309/4 in 40.3 Ovs. BATTING: Faf du Plessis 50 (40)  Five overs remaining for South Africa. A good 46th over for them, as they manage to get 14 runs from it. And de Villiers joins the party with a six of Brathwaite. First 300+ score this series as du Plessis and de Villiers go on onslaught mode. OUT! De Villiers departs for 29.

de Villiers c Charles b Pollard 27 (19)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SA 273/3 in 40.3 Ovs. BATTING: Faf du Plessis 33 (32), AB de Villiers 8 (12)  De Villiers is the next to come in, with 320+ score on cards. Du Plessis has been very ordinary till now, with 15 of 19 balls. At long last, du Plessis gets a boundary, which would bring in a loads of confidence within him. Brathwaite continues. Two boundaries in three balls from du Plessis, who has stepped up a gear now. 

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SA 245/3 in 40.3 Ovs. BATTING: Faf du Plessis 14 (17)  Another six for Morris, before he departs for a well made 40.

Morris c Carter b Brathwaite 40 (26)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SA 238/2 in 40 Ovs. BATTING: Chris Morris 34 (24), Faf du Plessis 13 (16)  Narine is back into the attack. And he bowls a brilliant over, conceding just two runs. Brathwaite comes onto bowl. An lbw call against Morris is turned down. Du Plessis is not going at a great pace at the moment. If South Africa want a score around 330, he needs to make a move on. Ten overs remaining now.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SA 225/2 in 37 Ovs. BATTING: Chris Morris 27 (15), Faf du Plessis 7 (7)  Du Plessis is the next to come in, with West Indies having a brilliant spell. NO BALL! Free hit for South Africa, with du Plessis on strike. A good low full toss from Taylor, but Ramdin us unable to hold the ball as it goes for four byes. Pollard to continue. Morris steps down the track and heaves the ball a long way for his first six. Another boundary for Morris, who is stepping up a gear now. Taylor continues. Intelligent from Morris, as he glides the ball towards third-man region for a boundary. Another No Ball! Morris has a chance to free his arms.  

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SA 185/2 in 34.1 Ovs. BATTING: Chris Morris 1 (3)  Morris gets a promotion to No.3, surely for his hitting abilities. With the platform laid down by Amla, expect Morris and de Kock to take on the bowlers. OUT! De Kock gets bowled by a brilliant yorker from Taylor.

de Kock b Taylor 71 (103)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SA 182/1 in 32.1 Ovs. BATTING: Quinton de Kock 69 (100)  Another good two overs for the hosts, as only three runs have come of the last two overs. Taylor is back into the attack. Amla plays a cheeky scoop, and gets a boundary for it. Much needed one. Another four, this time through the third man. OUT! Amla goes for a big shot, but is caught at long off.

Amla c Narine b Pollard 110 (99)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SA 168/0 in 30 Ovs. BATTING: Hashim Amla 100 (89), Quinton de Kock 66 (91)  De Kock reaches his half-century, his first in the tri-series. It surely has been a fighting knock. Benn continues, and his first ball is dispatched for a boundary by de Kock. It seems the tempo has come down a bit in the past 3-4 overs. Amla just a run away from an outstanding century. And he reaches his 23rd ODI century of just 89 balls. A truly special knock from ‘Mighty Hash’. 

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SA 140/0 in 25 Ovs. BATTING: Hashim Amla 91 (77), Quinton de Kock 49 (73)  With Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers set to come, time is right for de Kock to put the shift to next gear. He is currently batting at 37 of 64 balls, very much unlike him. Pollard has come onto bowl. A short ball, and de Kock feasts on it, playing a lovely pull shot towards mid wicket for a boundary. 

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SA 115/0 in 20 Ovs. BATTING: Hashim Amla 81 (62), Quinton de Kock 34 (58)  Narine comes onto ball, and is greeted with a boundary be de Kock. First 100-run partnership between these two openers in the series. South Africa go well on top at drinks. Suleiman Benn comes into bowl his first over. Both the batsman are doing well to keep the run rate near 6. 

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SA 87/0 in 15 Ovs. BATTING: Hashim Amla 64 (47), Quinton de Kock 23 (43)  Brathwaite to continue. Brilliant shot from de Kock for a boundary. This should get him going. Another good pull shot from Amla for a boundary. He is closing on a second successive half-century. Fifty for Amla, which has come of just 37 balls. A special knock from ‘Mighty Hash’. Misfield from Narine and Amla gets another boundary. As much classy Amla has looked, de Kock has been struggling to cope with the slow wicket. 

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SA 52/0 in 10 Ovs. BATTING: Hashim Amla 38 (29), Quinton de Kock 14 (31)  Both the openers have done well to not give their wicket. With the wicket on slow side, runs are tough to come by. Strange to see Amla playing over a strike rate of 100 and de Kock going around a strike rate of 50. It generally is other way around. Brilliant 7th over for the visitors, as Amla manages to score 13 runs of Jerome Taylor. 

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SA 23/0 in 5 Ovs. BATTING: Hashim Amla 12 (11), Quinton de Kock 11 (19) Steady start by the South Africans, as the openers make sure that they are off to a solid start and also watch out from suffering any opening setbacks as they definitely do not want the hosts to have any edge in the game as of now. However, there has been some reasonable bowling form the Windies bowlers so far, with the loose deliveries obviously being played for boundaries.

Teams:

West Indies: Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder (c), Carlos Brathwaite, Sulieman Benn, Sunil Narine, Jerome Taylor.

South Africa (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (c), Jean-Paul Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi.

TOSS: West Indies (Field)

South Africa have been ordinary so far in this series. Their decent bowling show has been overshadowed by their batting misery. In their first match, they were bowled out for a mere 188. Their only win over Australia also saw them scoring 189, before their bowlers stood up to the task. With score in excess of 200 in a solitary game — fourth ODI — their batting has flattered to deceive. In terms of positives, Imran Tahir has been really impressive, scalping 2 wickets in each of the three matches. And with the bat, Hashim Amla has been the standout with 115 runs. Tri-Nation series 2016, 6th ODI, WI vs SA: Preview and Predictions

The hosts on the other hand have somewhat surprisingly been excellent. Despite the likes Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell and Darren Sammy missing out, other players have stepped up to the task. With two wins in three games, the confidence is definitely on their side. Their only loss against Australia in the second ODI was due to a batting collapse, but they fixed the issue in the reverse fixture, chasing down 266 very comfortably. The are buoyed by the return of Narine’s form. The spinner has already scalped 8 wickets.

Squads:

West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Jonathan Carter, Carlos Brathwaite, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ashley Nurse, Suleiman Benn, Sunil Narine, Jerome Taylor and Shannon Gabriel.

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers (c), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw (ruled out), Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Farhaan Behardien, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Kyle Abbott, Dean Elgar (Rilee Rossouw’s replacement).

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: West Indies vs South Africa, 6th ODI Match