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PHOTOS: South Africa vs West Indies, Champions Trophy

Last updated on: June 15, 2013 01:30 IST

South Africa scrape through to semis

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South Africa scraped through to the semi-final of the Champions Trophy despite their Group B match against the West Indies ending in a tie under the Duckworth/Lewis method in Cardiff on Friday.

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Chasing an imposing 231-run target to win in 31 overs in the rain-curtailed match, West Indies were 190 for six in 26.1 overs when the heavens opened up once again to bring an early end to the decisive game at Sophia Gardens. 

Had Pollard not got out after scoring a 23-ball 28, the par for the West Indies would have been 187 for five under the D/L method. 

But the hard-hitting batsman was dismissed by Ryan McLaren just before the rain intervened, dashing West Indies hopes of earning a semifinal berth.


Image: Dale Steyn (R) of South Africa accepts the congratulations from team mates after capturing the wicket of Johnson Charles of West Indies
Photographs: Michael Steele/Getty Images

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Ingram top-scored with 73

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Earlier, opener Colin Ingram scored a fluent half-century as South Africa, after being put in to bat by the West Indies, posted a formidable 230 for 6 in the rain-curtailed Group 'B' match.

He and Hashim Amla (23) added 80 runs for the first wicket in 12.1 overs. His 63-ball 73 was laced with six fours and two sixes.



Image: Colin Ingram
Photographs: Michael Steele/Getty Images

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Rain reduces match to 31 overs-a-side affair

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The match in Cardiff was reduced to 31 overs-a-side after steady morning rain. Fast bowler Dale Steyn returned to the South Africa side in place of left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso after recovering from injury.

West Indies batsman Devon Smith replaced the out-of-form Ramnaresh Sarwan and fast bowler Tino Best came in for Kemar Roach, who is ill.



Image: Groundsmen work overtime to get the field ready
Photographs: Matthew Horwood /Getty Images

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Miller-Du Plessis rally South Africa

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South Africa's fifth-wicket pair of David Miller and Faf du Plessis (32-ball 35) scored briskly at the business end of the innings and added 68 runs in just 48 deliveries. 

From 153 for four in the 23rd over, they took South Africa to 221 for five as the last five overs yielded 52 runs for the Proteas.



Image: Dwayne Bravo runs-out Faf du Plessis
Photographs: Matthew Horwood /Getty Images

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West Indies fell short on net run rate

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Miller was out to the second last delivery of South Africa's innings, holing out to Darren Sammy off the bowling of Bravo. He and Du Plessis punished the West Indian bowlers with their powerful strikes.

Miller was out after scoring 38, off 29 balls, which laced with three huge sixes and a four, while Plessis decorated his useful innings with three fours and a six.

South Africa ended their league engagements with three points from as many matches while West Indies also finished with the same margin but the Proteas advanced to the knockout stage on account of better net run-rate.


Image: Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy celebrate Miller's dismissal
Photographs: Matthew Horwood /Getty Images

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