West Indies v South Africa: T20 preview and how to watch the series decider on BT Sport

After South Africa won their first Test series away from home since 2017, the five-match Twenty20 series continues with the World Cup on the horizon.

By Tim Williams Published: 2 July 2021 - 10.42am

The white-ball leg of South Africa’s tour of the West Indies continues after the Proteas secured a comprehensive 2-0 win in the two-match Test series in Saint Lucia.

It was South Africa’s first series win away from home since they beat New Zealand in 2017, a time that was marred by a governance crisis and an alarming loss of form.

The tourists won the first match by an innings and 63 runs and backed up an imperious display with a commanding 158 run victory in the second, set up by spinner Keshav Maharaj’s hat-trick.

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West Indies bounced back from a disastrous Test series in the first T20, chasing down South Africa’s 160 with eight wickers to spare courtesy of Evin Lewis’ 35-ball 71.

The home side restricted the tourists to 160, with left-arm spinner Fabian Allen picking up 2-18. Rassie van der Dussen made an unbeaten half-century for South Africa but he couldn’t propel his side to an above-par total alone.

It proved to be a routine chase for the West Indies, with Chris Gayle and Andre Russell unbeaten on 32 and 23 respectively when the winning runs were scored.

It was a different story altogether in the second match as South Africa claimed their first T20 win under new white-ball captain Temba Bavuma to level the series 1-1.

They posted an eminently gettable total of 166 but kept their hosts in check superbly thanks to spinners George Linde and Tabraiz Shamsi who combined for joint figures of 3-35 in eight overs.

South Africa took the third match in a nail-biter, beating West Indies by one run after posting 167.

The hosts looked on course at 96 for 3 at the halfway mark of their run chase, but South Africa roared back to clinch a tense win and take a 2-1 lead in the series.

A thrilling series will be decided in the fifth and final match after West Indies defended 167 to set up a winner-takes-all clash on Saturday.

Captain Kieron Pollard top scored with 51* and Dwayne Bravo claimed 4-19 with the ball to restrict South Africa to 146/9 in their 20 overs.

With one match to play, the series is fascinatingly poised for what is set to be a thrilling conclusion on BT Sport. 

West Indies v South Africa T20 schedule

First T20: West Indies won by 8 wickets

Second T20: South Africa won by 16 runs

Third T20: South Africa won by 1 run

Fourth T20: West Indies won by 21 runs

Fifth T20: Saturday 3 July, 6.45pm - BT Sport 1 HD and online

West Indies v South Africa T20 squads

West Indies: Chris Gayle (batsman), Shimron Hetmyer (batsman), Evin Lewis (batsman), Lendl Simmons (batsman), Kieron Pollard (batting all-rounder), Fabian Allen (batting all-rounder), Dwayne Bravo (batting all-rounder), Jason Holder (bowling all-rounder), Andre Russell (bowling all-rounder), Nicholas Pooran (wicket-keeper batsman), Andre Fletcher (wicket-keeper batsman), Sheldon Cottrell (bowler), Fidel Edwards (bowler), Akeal Hosein (bowler), Obed McCoy (bowler), Kevin Sinclair (bowler), Oshane Thomas (bowler), Hayden Walsh (bowler).

South Africa: Temba Bavuma (batsman), Reeza Hendricks (batsman), Janneman Malan (batsman), Aiden Markram (batsman), David Miller (batsman), Rassie van der Dussen (batsman), George Linde (batting all-rounder), Sisanda Magala (bowling all-rounder), Andile Phehlukwayo (bowling all-rounder), Lizaad Williams (bowling all-rounder), Wiaan Mulder (bowling all-rounder), Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper batsman), Heinrich Klaasen (wicket-keeper batsman), Kyle Verreynne (wicket-keeper batsman), Bjorn Fortuin (bowler), Lungi Ngidi (bowler), Anrich Nortje (bowler), Kasigo Rabada (bowler), Tabraiz Shamsi (bowler).

How to watch West Indies v South Africa T20 series on your mobile or tablet

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How to live stream West Indies v South Africa T20 series on your laptop

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