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The Proteas finally bounced back to the winning ways with a much-needed win in the fourth T20I to keep the series alive. Their massive eight-wicket win has left the series 2-1 in favor of the hosts and a chance for the Proteas to finish on a high. The two teams lock horns at Tarouba on 7th October 2018. With Women's World T20 just around the corner, both the teams will be looking to put their best foot forward and go into the tournament with wins behind their back. A closely-contested final game would be a fitting end to what has been a well-fought series thus far.
Batting first after losing the toss, Windies women lost their in-form batswoman, Hayley Matthews for a personal score of 15. Although Natasha McLean batted through the innings to take the team's total to 135, the innings came at a snail's pace. She consumed 61 deliveries for her 57-run knock. Stephanie Taylor, their skipper, too, contributed with a 26-run innings but her knock, too, came at a pedestrian pace. Consequently, despite having a perfect platform to launch a late-assault, West Indies couldn't really score at the rapid pace in the end overs.
Their bowlers had done well in the matches prior to this and would've been confident to defend this total. However, some prolific batting by South African openers coupled with some wayward bowling saw them lose the match by 8 wickets.
Despite the loss, the Windies had plenty of positives to take out from this game. Deandra Dottin's 28-run knock propelled them to a respectable total and her knock should give much-needed confidence to the lower order. Afy Fletcher was impressive with the ball as she returned with the figures of 12 for 1 in her four overs.
Hayley Matthews, Natasha McLean, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Kycia Knight, Shemaine Campbelle, Merissa Aguilleira, Anisa Mohammed, Shamilia Connell, Stafanie Taylor, Chedean Nation.
With the Proteas dependent heavily on their top-four, it was imperative for their openers to get them off to a steady start. Not only was it a steady start, but it also took the sting out of the potent West Indies' attack. Making her comeback into the side after missing out in the 2nd match, the 19-year-old Wolvaartd anchored the chase with a well made 54 off just 57 deliveries.
Lizelle Lee, who's had a terrible series thus far, also got back to the from and punished West Indies' bowlers. She smashed a quick-fire fifty and perished with the team's total on 89 after 12 overs. It was an easy task for the batsmen coming in thereafter as South Africa sealed the deal with eight balls still to spare.
Although their bowlers didn't pick too many wickets, they ensured that they didn't give too many bad balls. The strategy worked out pretty well as West Indies could not really go after any bowler and were restricted to a subpar score. Tumi Sekhukhune was their only wicket-taker for the match; she returned with the figures of 4-0-27-2. Marizanne Kapp bowled exceedingly well to holp one end up as she conceded just 13 runs in her four overs.
Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Sune Luus, Chloe Tryon, Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Robyn Searle, Saarah Smith, Masabata Klaas, Tumi Sekhukhune, Zintle Mali.
It's been an excellent series so far with both teams having their ups and downs. Just when West Indies were looking to crush South Africa, the Proteas announced themselves with an emphatic win in the fourth match. South Africa appeared to be a different team altogether with their openers firing and bowlers sticking to the plans. Windies, on the other hand, will have a plenty to ponder upon. The recent most results put the momentum back with the Proteas and with their openers looking in fine form, they go in as firm favorites to win the final match and level the series.