The 2-0 whitewash by the proteas in the Test series did give us an indication that the T20I series was also heading one-way. But, the Caribbean side ensured the T20 series would not end up the same way. West Indies managed to start the series on a winning note. Thus, making a strong statement ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Although, West Indies did fall back in the 2nd and 3rd T20I, Kieron Pollard and Co. bounced back well to level the series, 2-2. The series decider though did not go as planned for the hosts but they assured no lack of entertainment.
The series was played with high intensity and for that reason, we did see some stunning records and milestones being achieved. Cricwizz, today takes a look at the unique stats and records revolving around the series.
The last time South Africa won a T20I series was back in 2019, against the Lankans. Ever since the success, the proteas have played 6 series ending up on the losing side. Their opponents included the likes of Australia, Pakistan, and World no.1 ranked England. Will this spirited win boast the proteas in the upcoming series? Can they make an impact at the World T20 Cup?
Quinton de Kock was undoubtedly deserving the MOS award after notching up 255 runs from the 5 matches played in the series. The Wicket-keeper batsman now holds the record for the most runs in a bilateral series. Any idea on the second best? It is the Indian skipper- Virat Kohli, who managed to score 231 runs in the 5-match T20I series against England held in 2020-21.
The South African pacer Lungi Ngidi had a nightmare series in terms of runs conceded as the 25-year old leaked away 197 runs in the 5-match bilateral series. However, the pacer did manage to pick up 5 wickets in the series he will likely under the scanner in the future.
Hold on, Ngidi does not top the infamous list of most runs conceded in a series, It is the English all-rounder Chris Jordan, who gave away 198 runs against India.
David Miller attained the veteran status after becoming the most capped proteas player in the shortest format after overtaking former South African skipper JP Duminy, who announced his retirement after playing 81 matches for the Nation.
The 28-year old Quinton de Kock is next on the list among the active players with 52 matches under his belt to date. With age on his side, can the talented opener become the most capped proteas player in the shortest format?
Kieron Pollard became only the 6th player in the history of T20I to score a fifty at a strike-rate of over the 200 mark and also bowl his quota of 4 overs under a brilliant economy 6 against the mighty Proteas batting line-up. Pollard also becomes the first skipper to achieve this stunning feat.
The 3rd T20I saw the teams battling it out till the very end of the wire as the hosts ended up on the losing side by a mere margin of 1 run. Very interestingly, this is only the second time the Windies lost a match 1 run in the shortest format and the previous one also was against the proteas way back in the year 2010 in which the Windies lost the series, 2-0.
The Universal boss currently holds the record for the most T20 runs, scoring 13954 runs from the 428 matches played so far in the shortest format overall. The 41-year old did have an opportunity to reach the astonishing milestone of 14,000 runs in this series. The hard-hitter did not seem at his best throughout the series but he will be hoping he can break the shackles in the upcoming 5-match T20I series against Australia.
The West Indian star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo who has been an asset for the Nation in all the departments of the game managed to achieve yet another unique feat. The 37-year old who has amassed 6,368 runs in T20 cricket came to bat at the No.9 position in the 2nd T20I, the Right-hand became the first-ever batsmen with 6000 plus to bat 9 and lower in T20I cricket.
With the series having a fitting end, the visitors managed to overhaul the Windies in the series decider by 25 runs to win seal the series 3-2. West Indies will take on the mighty Aussies in their next fixture which is scheduled to take place from the 10th of July.
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