Match ends in a tie as Pollard’s wicket costs West Indies dear
South Africa advanced into the semifinals of the Champions Trophy on superior net run-rate after its rain-marred match against the West Indies in Cardiff on Friday ended in a tie.
The West Indies, which had to win this match to go through to the last four, was exactly level on the Duckworth/Lewis system for rain-affected matches at 190 for six off 26.1 overs when Australian umpires Rod Tucker and Steve Davis decided the rain was too heavy to continue and took the players off the field for the final time at 7.43 p.m. local time.
South Africa made 230 for six off their 31 overs, leaving the West Indies a target of 231 in 31 to win.
The Proteas joined the already-qualified India as one of the two semifinalists from Group B.
Earlier, Ingram hit a 63-ball 73 laced with six fours and two sixes while skipper A.B. de Villiers hit a 25-ball 37 after South Africa was invited to bat first under overcast conditions at Sophia Gardens.
The match started three hours and 15 minutes late due to inclement weather, reducing it to a 31-over-a-side encounter. South Africa made a confident start in its bid to book a semifinal berth as Ingram and Hashim Amla added 80 for the first wicket in 12.1 overs.
Ingram brought up his 50 in the 12th over with a powerful pull shot played over mid-wicket off Darren Sammy.
West Indian skipper Dwayne Bravo introduced off-spinner Marlon Samuels into the attack and the move paid immediate dividends.
Samuels got the prized-wicket of Amla, who went for an expansive drive but was caught on the rebound by Chris Gayle at extra-cover.
West Indies pulled things back with two quick strikes as Ingram and J-P Duminy departed in quick succession.
Ingram hit a couple of more fours before being caught by Darren Bravo off Kieron Pollard at deep midwicket