Cardiff, June 15: South Africa entered the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy 2013 and West Indies were eliminated after their final Group B game ended in a dramatic tie via the Duckworth/Lewis method here on Friday (June 14).
It was heartbreak for West Indies as they fell just 1 run short of making the last-four phase. With both South Africa and West Indies finishing with 3 points apiece in the group, the former qualified with a better net run rate of +0.325 to -0.075. India will top the group irrespective of what happens in the final league game against Pakistan on Saturday.
In pursuit of 231 in 31 overs in the rain-curtailed game here, West Indies lost the wicket of Kieron Pollard on the last ball of the match which denied them victory. When rain came, West Indies needed 41 off 29 balls as per original target of 231.
After 26.1 overs, West Indies were 190/6. At that stage, rain stopped play and there was no chance of restart with the match already gone past the scheduled close of play time. As rain continued, umpires called off the game at around 8PM local time.
If they had not lost the wicket of Pollard to Ryan McLaren on the first ball of the 27th over, West Indies would have won by 3 runs. The D/L par score after 26.1 overs, if they had lost only 5 wickets, would have been 187.
The exit of Pollard proved costly for Dwayne Bravo and his boys. 190/6 was the par score on D/L method after 26.1 overs and the game was tied.
The chase was guided by Marlon Samuels' 38-ball 48. Chris Gayle made 36 while Devon Smith hit 30. Pollard was dismissed for 28 off 23.
When the match was called off, captain Bravo and new man Darren Sammy were at the crease.
Earlier, opener Colin Ingram struck a fluent half-century while David Miller played an unbeaten cameo of 38 as South Africa posted a formidable 230 for six.
South Africa's fifth-wicket pair of Miller and Faf du Plessis (32-ball 35) put on display some sensational strokeplay at the business end of the innings and added 68 runs in just 48 deliveries to put their side in the driver's seat.
From 153 for four in the 23rd over, both took their side to 221 for five as the last five overs yielded 52 runs for the Proteas.
Miller's unbeaten knock of 38 was laced with three huge sixes and a four while Plessis decorated his useful innings with three fours and a six.
At the start, Ingram hit 63-ball 73 laced with six fours and two sixes while skipper AB de Villiers hit a 25-ball 37 after South Africa were invited to bat first under overcast conditions at Sophia Gardens.
The match started three hours and 15 minutes late than the scheduled toss due to inclement weather, reducing it to a 31-over-a-side encounter.
The match was reduced by 19 overs each way, with the Powerplay adjusted to nine overs a side, with six mandatory overs upfront, and three for the batting Powerplay.
South Africa made a confident start in their bid to book a semifinal berth as the opening duo of Ingram and Hashim Amla (23) added 80 runs for the first wicket in 12.1 overs.
Ingram was the more aggressive of the two as he mixed caution with aggression to pace his innings while Amla was content to play the second fiddle at the other end.
Ingram brought up his fifty in the 12th over with a powerful pull shot played over mid-wicket off Darren Sammy.
With the pair of Ingram and Amla looking threatening, West skipper Dwayne Bravo introduced off-spinner Marlon Samuels into the attack and the move paid immediate dividends.