But the comfortable 8 wicket win comes amid team turmoil, as de Kock sits out the game following a Cricket South Africa (CSA) directive for all players to take the knee!
South Africa 144 for 2 (Markram 51*, van der Dussen 43*, Hendricks 39, Hosein 1-27) beat West Indies 143 for 8 (Lewis 56, Pretorius 3-17, Maharaj 2-24) by eight wickets
South Africa completed a third successful chase against the West Indies in four attempts to get their T20 World Cup campaign back on track. However, they had to do it against a backdrop of squad chaos. An instruction came from CSA that the team must collectively take the knee before matches at this tournament, before Quinton de Kock sat out this Super 12s tie as a result!
The South African star opener and wicketkeeper has previously made no gesture in support of anti-racism and a decision on his participation in the rest of the tournament is expected once the team management has reported to CSA. Although, to be honest, it’s difficult to see how the player can ever represent South Africa again!
De Kock was replaced by Heinrich Klaasen behind the stumps, who dropped a difficult chance, but was otherwise tidy. Reeza Hendricks came in at the top of the order and got the South African chase off to a good start.
The Proteas attack kept West Indies to a modest 143, despite some powerful hitting from Evin Lewis. Lendl Simmons was way too slow and Chris Gayle just couldn’t get going and was caught behind, for a-run-a-ball 12.
West Indies lost 8 for 64 between the 11th and 20th overs to fall short of the 160 runs that would have been a par score. Hendricks’ 39 laid the foundation for South Africa, before an 83-run partnership between Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen killed off the game in the 19th over.
The result leaves the West Indies in serious trouble of elimination, having already lost two Super 12s matches. They face Bangladesh on Friday. South Africa must find a way to overcome their internal issues and build on this win. The Proteas meet the Lions of Sri Lanka on Saturday!