South Africa beat West Indies (3-2) to win T20 series

West Indies' Evin Lewis bats during the Cricket World Cup match between Afghanistan and West Indies at Headingley in Leeds, England, Thursday, July 4, 2019.
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South Africa wrapped up Twenty20 series by 25 runs in the final five-match series at the Grenada National Stadium on Saturday.
Featuring a line-up with some of the game’s best power-hitters, the hosts failed to live up to the hype, being restricted to 143 for nine in their pursuit of 169 for victory.
South Africa won the toss and sent West Indies to take first strike.
In the chase, Evin Lewis’s 52 off 34 got the Windies off to a flying start but the innings stalled in the middle overs once again as the powerful batsmen failed to deliver with Chris Gayle hitting 11, Kieron Pollard falling for 13, and Andre Russell out for a “duck.”
Shimron Hetmyer kept the West Indies in the hunt with 33 off 31 balls while Nicholas Pooran struck 20 off 14 ball but both batsmen fell towards the end as South Africa wrapped up the series.
Wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi took one wicket for 11 runs from his four overs and Kagiso Rsbada dismissed Dwayne Bravo and Nicholas Pooran with consecutive balls to restrict West Indies to 143 for 9 to claim their first Twenty20 series win in two years.
It was also the first Twenty20 series win for new captain Temba Bavuma and coach Mark Boucher.
South Africa came into the series ranked sixth in the World Twenty20s, taking on the defending champions at home.
Quinton de Cock was South Africa top batsman throughout the series scoring 255 runs at average of 51.

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