WI vs SA 1st T20I Highlights today Saturday, 6-26-2021 – 1st T20I, South Africa tour of West Indies from National Cricket Stadium, St George’s, Grenada.
ICC Rankings Test, ODI & T20
WI win the toss and bowled first.
West Indies team: 1 Andre Fletcher, 2 Evin Lewis, 3 Chris Gayle, 4 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 5 Kieron Pollard (capt), 6 Andre Russell, 7 Dwayne Bravo, 8 Jason Holder, 9 Fabian Allen, 10 Obed McCoy, 11 Kevin Sinclair.
South Africa team: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Reeza Hendricks, 3 Temba Bavuma (capt), 4 Rassie van der Dussen, 5 Heinrich Klaasen, 6 David Miller, 7 George Linde. 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 Anrich Nortje, 10 Tabraiz Shamsi, 11 Lungi Ngidi.
Post match presentation.
Kieron Pollard, who might find it difficult to comprehend what just happened: “We spoke about trying to hit the first punch. Credit to our bowlers for how they came back in the middle stages. 160 was under par, and when we play one-day games here, the totals are pretty high. [Lewis is] a talented cricketer, and we hope that consistency can continue. We have a young team from a Test side point of view, but we [the T20I side] have an experience of playing these guys [South Africa] around the world.”
Temba Bavuma wears a dejected look: “Obviously disappointed. As a team, we need to have hard discussions and come up with a better plan. We thought 160 was a decent score – probably below par – and as I said, we need to have those conversations. In the last ten overs [with the bat], we didn’t capitalize as well as we should have. They obviously played quite well. Lewis and Fletcher got them off to a flyer, and they never gave us a chance after that. We need to be a bit more sound mentally, and come tomorrow with a better attitude.”
Lewis, the Player of the Match, sums it up: “I was backing my ability. It was an excellent wicket for batting, and most important is to cash in. Once I see balls in my area, I try and hit them. We felt they were 30-40 runs short. [A century] crossed my mind (laughs), but if I score 70 and the team wins, I’m happy! Pretty good start for us [in the series].”