WI vs SA T20I stats highlights: Who was hot & who was not? | WI vs SA T20I stats highlights & series review – who were the top performers?
A week ago, at the start of their T20I series against West Indies, South Africa were warned far and wide to brace themselves for an onslaught from opponents who were, by any measure, superior on paper. Seven days on, the South Africans have not only won the rubber, but done so the hard way by prevailing in a decider. And that after not taking the chance to settle the issue with a game to spare.
Unlike the Test series that went before, which Dean Elgar’s team claimed 2-0 almost too easily, the T20Is were gnarly contests. And we all enjoyed 5 T20I matches between the respective teams, where all the clashes were blockbusters.
Not a lot of the cricket played across these five games could be called pretty. Even less of it will stick in the memory a year from now. But that doesn’t make South Africa’s success any less impressive, nor detract from the value of the performance of a team that has struggled to assess itself properly.
“We want to create a culture where, no matter who plays, you believe you can win,” Kagiso Rabada told television. That differed from the West Indians, who perhaps showed too much of themselves. “The most disappointing thing is that we keep making the same mistakes over and over again, which is the definition of insanity,” Kieron Pollard told those watching.
Match 1 (June 26): The series started in the environment of talks of hosts to smash the guests. And it showed its initialisation in the very first game where West Indies simply outplayed the Proteas. They dominated the opponents, as they achieved the target of 161 in just 15 overs and the hero of the match was Evin Lewis 71 off 35 balls. Team West Indies hit huge 15 sixes in just 15 overs. And we can imagine how dangerous they were.
Visit 1st Match scorecard.
Match 2 (June 27): South Africa bounced back and they bounced back in style. The spinners’ brilliance and some 35+ knocks led them to win the 2nd T20I. Man of the match was George Linde (4-0-19-2). We also experienced an excellent cameo from Fabian Allen (35 off 12) at the end but he could not lead his team to win.
Visit 2nd Match scorecard.
Match 3 (June 29): Proteas won the match by just the margin of a single run. It was Quinton de Kock (71 off 51), who led his team to a comfortable score and then we saw the excellence of South African bowling. ICC No.1 ranked T20I bowler Shamsi showed his masterclass with brilliant figures of 4-0-13-2. And hence his team won the match with his miserly bowling in terms of leaking runs.
Visit 3rd Match scorecard.
Match 4 (July 1): It was all about West Indies dominance all over the game again and the series levels at 2-2. Caribbean captain Kieron Pollard scored a beautiful fifty off 25 balls and took his team to par score. And after that it was DJ Bravo who led his bowling unit with brilliant figures of 4-0-19-4. But again, all experienced a Tabraiz Shamsi masterclass who had the same figures in 4th match as well.
Visit 4th match scorecard.
Match 5 (July 3): The Proteas were brilliant with both bat and ball as they earned a 25-run win in the series decider held at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada. Apart from losing captain Temba Bavuma for a duck on the third ball of the contest, South Africa were rarely troubled after winning the toss.
The ever reliable Quinton de Kock (60) and Aiden Markram (70) produced the biggest partnership of the match, not to mention the two highest scores, as they combined for 128 runs to put the Proteas on the front foot. But it was not a good day for the hosts. Unfortunately for Lewis, his teammates were unable to go with him as five of the six Proteas bowlers took at least one wicket each.
So this was the story of the series.
Record made/Records broken:
- South Africa won their first T20I series since March 2019, and first in six series, by successfully defending the highest total of the five-match series against West Indies in Grenada.
- The victory for the South African team earned coach Mark Boucher and captain Temba Bavuma their first T20I trophy.
- West Indies became the first team to hit 50+ sixes in a T20I bilateral series. The closest is 48 sixes by New Zealand against England in 2019.
- Most runs by a wicketkeeper in a men’s T20I series:
255 – Quinton de Kock (SA)vs WI, 2021
224 – KL Rahul (IND)vs NZ, 2020
222 – Craig Kieswetter(ENG) in 2010 WC
222 – Mohammad Shahzad(AFG) in 2016 WC
212 – Brendon McCullum(NZ) in 2012 WC
- This was the first ever men’s T20I innings with the first three bowlers all being 35 years or above. (In 5th match)
Fidel Edwards – 39y 147d
Chris Gayle – 41y 285d
Dwayne Bravo – 37y 269d
- Miller overtook Duminy to become South Africa’s most capped player. (In 4th match)
- Andre Russell, while scoring 25(16) at a strike-rate of 156.2, recorded his lowest strike-rate in T20I cricket (min: 20 runs) (In Match 3).
- Quinton de Kock becomes only the second wicketkeeper-cum-opener with 50 fifty-plus scores in international cricket (In 3rd Match). Adam Gilchrist was the first such player, reaching there against Bangladesh in 2005.
- Lowest T20I score with at least 5 sixes:-
34 – Fabian Allen v SA, today
38 – Kieron Pollard v SL, 2021
39 – Tim Seifert v ENG, 2019
40 – Albie Morkel v NZ, 2010
40* – Ziaur Rahman v IRE, 2012
40* – Andre Russell v SL, 2020
These all were some records made in the series. Reading these is very interesting.
Key players in the series:
South Africa :
- Tabraiz Shamsi, the player of the series, was really fantastic in the series with his tight bowling against those mighty power hitters. He scalped 7 wickets in 5 innings and has a brilliant economy of 4.00.
- Another proteas spinner George Linde was the cause of worry for West Indian batsmen. He scalped 6 wickets at a bowling average of 20.83. He was the MOM in the 2nd T20I. SA team will be very happy getting a fine T20I all rounder ahead of ICC T20I WC.
- Quinton de Kock was exceptional in this series scoring 255 runs at avg of 51.00. He was also the top run scorer of the series. He would be looking forward to continuing this form in WC as well.
West Indies :
- Evin Lewis, the second highest run scorer, was really impressive in a couple of games. He scored 178 runs at a huge strike rate of 160.36 throughout the series and will look to continue this in the AUS series as well.
- Obed McCoy and DJ Bravo, both were exceptional as far as bowlers are concerned. Their variations and mixture of pace was amazing to be honest. They scalped 9 and 10 wickets respectively. And they were economical as well. So this is good news for Windies cricket and they will wish that this duo continues this form.
- We saw some little but sweet cameos from Fabian Allen which raised the hopes of his team in those respective matches. The all rounder scored 62 runs at an average of 67 and a huge strike rate of 197.05. He is a huge positive to take from the series for the Caribbean team.
Cricket. Simple game. Except when the team that isn’t supposed to win does. Now what? A week is a long time in cricket and everything else.
The remaining journey ahead of the T20 World Cup for both sides will certainly be interesting.
Written by Aditya Narsale. Follow Aditya on Twitter today.