World Twenty20: South Africa in sight of a semifinal berth (Lead)

June 13th, 2009 - 11:49 pm ICT by IANS  

London, June 13 (IANS) South Africa virtually assured themselves of a place in the semifinals of the World Twenty20 with a comprehensive 20-run win over the West Indies in a Group E match of the Super Eights at The Oval here Saturday.
Put in to bat, South Africa made 183 for seven in 20 overs after some qucik scoring by the top order. Herschelle Gibbs top scored with 55 while openers Jacques Kallis (45) and skipper Graeme Smith (31) gave South Africa a solid start.

While chasing, West Indies faltered right from the start before Lendl Simmons raised their hopes with a 50-ball 77 but pacer Wayne Parnell, with his match-winning 4-31, was too hot for the batsmen. Parnell was also adjudged the Man of the Match.

Parnell picked up openers Andre Fletcher and big-hitting Chris Gayle (5) for just 13 runs on board while fast bowler Dale Steyn (2-30) and spinner Roelof van der Merwe (2-30) strangulated the middle-order.

Lendl, nephew for former West Indies all-rounder and Ireland coach Phil Simmons, responded with a brilliant 77 but that was not enough to save his team.

Earlier, Smith and Kallis put on 54 to set the tone of the South African innings. Gibbs then played a quickfire 55 off just 35 balls to set a formidable target for the West Indies.

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