Rilee Rossouw scored his second Twenty20 International fifty against South Africa at Cape Town © Getty Images (File Photo)
Rilee Rossouw scored his second Twenty20 International fifty against South Africa at Cape Town © Getty Images (File Photo)

Jan 9, 2015

South Africa set West Indies a challenging 166 for victory in the first Twenty20 International at Cape Town. Riding on Rilee Rossouw’s second T20I fifty South Africa managed to set West Indies a competitive total. Faf du Plessis and Farhaan Behardien played useful cameos. Jason Holder was the pick of the West Indies bowlers conceding a measly five runs an over and dismissing Morne van Wyk at the top.

South Africa dominated majority of the power play overs before Sheldon Cottrel struck in the fifth over to send Reeza Hendricks packing for 12. Jason Holder then struck an incisive blow to dismiss a dangerous looking Morne van Wyk for 17 to end the powerplay on a high. South Africa had managed to score at only six runs an over by the end of the powerplay overs. Jason Holder bowled through for the visitors registering impressive figures of one for 20 in his quota of four overs.

South Africa were trudging along before Faf du Plessis injected some energy into their innings. He took the attack to the West Indies from the outset .Although he got a reprieve when Holder dropped a sitter at long off and to rub salt into the wounds he palmed it over the boundary line. But luckily for the West Indies it didn’t cost them a fortune as du Plessis  skied a full toss from Andre Russel soon after which was pouched by West Indies skipper; Darren Sammy. However South Africa had momentum on their side by that stage having increased their rate of scoring to eight runs an over at the half way stage. Rilee Rossouw was joined by David Miller in the middle. The duo continued batting in the same vein adding another 48-runs for the fourth wicket before Miller was dismissed against the run of play. The wicket of Miller didn’t hamper South Africa’s progress though as West Indies paid dearly for missing their lengths and some sloppy fielding. Rilee Rossouw notched up his second T20I fifty finishing with 51 not out from 40 balls and Behardien contributed with a useful cameo of 18 from 12 balls to propel South Africa to 165 for four in their stipulated 20 overs.

Earlier South Africa won the toss and decided to bat on a placid Cape Town surface. Both teams fielded young sides, West Indies however a more experienced set of players in the shortest format of the game. The likes of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard returned for the West Indies. South Africa on the other hand are missing some big names such as AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Jean Paul Duminy and Quinton de Kock.

Brief scores:

South Africa 165 for 4 in 20 overs ( Rilee Rossouw 51*, Faf du Plessis 38; Sheldon Cottrell 2 for 33, Jason Holder 1 for 20) vs West Indies

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