South Africa down West Indies in T20 World Cup

South Africa hammered holders West Indies by eight wickets in a game overshadowed by Proteas star Quinton de Kock’s refusal to take the knee prior to Tuesday’s Twenty20 World Cup clash.

Aiden Markram smashed 51 to lead South Africa’s chase of 144 in an unbeaten 83-run third-wicket stand with Rassie van der Dussen (43) to achieve their target with 10 balls to spare in the Super 12 contest.

South Africa bounced back from their opening loss to Australia, while two-time champions West Indies have lost both their matches.

Cricket South Africa ordered its players to kneel in Dubai and lend their support to the anti-racism movement but De Kock pulled out of the game due to “personal reasons”.

Temba Bavuma’s team took the knee after their decision to field first.

Opener Evin Lewis hit 56 in West Indies’ 143-8 as they suffered another heavy loss, having made just 55 in a crushing defeat by England three days ago.

Fast bowler Dwaine Pretorius took three wickets as West Indies again failed to fire after a painstaking 16 off 35 balls from Lendl Simmons at the top of the order.

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