Rain pruned the series opening T20I between West Indies and South Africa to 11 overs a side, but it turned out to be a thoroughly entertaining contest, with the tourists coming out on top in the final over.
The visitors had a stiff target of 132 in front of them, but it almost looked too easy at one stage before Sisanda Magala bowled an impressive penultimate over under pressure to keep South Africa in the hunt.
Brandon King went hammer and tongs in the PowerPlay and the big hits just kept coming from everyone that followed. In the end, it was captain Rovman Powell who saw his side home with a whirlwind knock of 43 off 18 balls. West Indies needed 8 in the final over, and Powell put West Indies on the brink of victory with a confident pull over square leg. The ball went deep into the grass banks as the Caribbean camp rejoiced.
A captain’s performance!
Rovman Powell (43* off 18) smashes the Proteas attack as the West Indies chase down their target of 132 with three balls to spare.
They take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.#SAvWI scorecard 👇
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