Proteas through to T20 World Cup semifinals after another nail biter

Proteas through to T20 World Cup semifinals after another nail biter

The Proteas survived the rain and a late comeback from the West Indies to edge the hosts by three wickets in Antigua on Sunday.

They had looked in control for much of the rain-affected match in Antigua before late wickets set up a tense finish.

Marco Jansen eventually steered them home with three wickets to spare, sending the co-hosts crashing out of the tournament.

West Indies were dealt two early blows as Shai Hope and Nicolas Pooran fell in the first two overs, but Roston Chase and recalled opener Kyle Mayers set about repairing the innings.

They added 84 for the third wicket before Mayers fell to Tabraiz Shamsi for 35, followed quickly by captain Rovman Powell and Sherfane Rutherford.

Shamsi, who finished with three for 27, added the wicket of Chase for 52 from 42 balls as the West Indies slipped to 97 for six â- a couple of sixes from Andre Russell lifting them to 135 for eight.

Russell claimed the wickets of Reeza Hendricks and Quentin de Kock in the second over before rain intervened, setting South Africa a reduced target of 123 from 17 overs.

After losing Aiden Markram for 18, they looked in control at 77 for three in the eighth over before Alzarri Joseph had Heinrich Klaasen caught behind for 22.

The spin of Roston Chase picked up the key wicket of Tristan Stubbs for 29 as a spell of three for 12 set up a tense finish with five needed from the final over.

But Jansen finished it in a hurry, hitting the first ball for six to send unbeaten South African through on top of their Super 8 pool with England joining them in the last four.

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