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Windies Coach Sammy thanks Jamaican fans for 3-0 series win over South Africa


by Daniel Blake (Jamaica Observer) West Indies Head Coach Daren Sammy says playing in front of the Jamaican fans was a key factor in the team’s 3-0 sweep over South Africa in their Twenty20 (T20) international series at Sabina Park ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

The Windies put on a dominant showing in Sunday’s final match as they recorded an eight wicket win.

For the first time in the series, South Africa started the innings but they found the going tough with the Windies opening bowlers of Obed McCoy, Shamar Joseph, and Gudakesh Motie as they were struggling at 50/4 after eight overs and a ball. However, stand-in Captain Rassie van der Dussen’s 51 and Wiaan Mulder 36 provided some competitiveness as the Proteas posted 163/7. McCoy proved why he was added to the World Cup squad as he starred with 3/39. Joseph and Motie took two wickets apiece.

Chasing 164 to win, Johnson Charles wasted no time as he struck a quick-fire half-century to put the Windies in control.

Charles took 26 balls to make 69, including nine fours and five sixes as he led them to 92 inside seven overs before his dismissal.

His opening partner and Captain Brandon King continued to move the score to 130 inside 11 overs before he was caught for 44.

Needing 34 to win, the Windies got to their target with 37 balls to spare with Kyle Mayers closing the match with an unbeaten 36.

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