Cardiff: Rain Gods came to the rescue of South Africa as they secured their berth in the semifinals of the Champions Trophy after sharing points with West Indies in the Group B encounter of Champions Trophy in Cardiff on Friday.

The match had to be called off after the heavens opened for the umpteenth time with the game ending in a tie (Duckworth-Lewis method).

With West Indies on 190 for five after 26th over, Kieron Pollard (28) was dismissed in the first ball of the next over.

It started raining again as Darren Sammy walked out to bat with Windies on par with score according to the Duckworth/Lewis method.

Had Pollard not got out, the Windies would have been home.

South Africa had scored 230 for six after 31 overs and West Indies were left stranded on 190 for six in 26.1 overs.

Earlier, South Africa, after being put into bat by the Windies, got off to a flyer courtesy 80-run stand between Hashim Amla (27) and Colin Ingram (73) for the opening wicket.

Captain AB de Villers added another 44 runs along with Ingram as the South Africans reached 124 for one in 17.2 overs.

However, West Indies pulled things back by removing JP Duminy (2) early and Darren Bravo taking a stunning catch to get rid of dangerous de Villers.

Faf du Plessis (30) and David Miller (38) stitched 68-run partnership to give South Africa the push they needed to achieve a respectable score.

Chris Gayle started the chase in aggressive fashion, smashing 36 off 27 balls. His opening partner Jonathan Charles, though, could never get going and was dismissed by Chris Morris.

West Indies were reduced to 87 for three after 15 overs and they lost Gayle and Devon Smith (30) in quick succession.

Marlon Samuels smashed his way to 48 off 38 balls, including six fours and two sixes, to put the Windies on driver’s seat.


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