TELFORD VICE, Cape Town
SA will need to beat West Indies in Barbados on Friday if they are to reach Sunday’s triseries final.
That was confirmed in the early hours of Wednesday morning (SA time) when Australia beat the home side by six wickets at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.
With that, the Aussies secured one of the places in the final. SA and the Windies will fight it out for the other in a straight shootout in the tournament’s last round-robin match.
The home side spiralled to 31/3 on Tuesday before Marlon Samuels’ 125 and a stand of 192 with Dinesh Ramdin, who scored 91, took them to a total of 282/8.
The Aussies were 35/2 and 99/3, but won with eight balls to spare. They were steadied by Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh in a partnership of 122.
Smith was run out for 78, leaving Marsh and Glenn Maxwell to bring their team home with a stand of 62 in which the runs flowed at 8.85 to the over.
Marsh finished not out on 79. Maxwell clubbed his unbeaten 46 off 26 balls with five fours and two sixes.