Cricket: South Africa into semis after Windies tie

CARDIFF, June 14, 2013 (AFP) – South Africa scraped their way into the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy on superior net run-rate after their rain-marred match against the West Indies in Cardiff on Friday ended in a remarkable tie. The West Indies, who had to win this match to go through to the last four, were exactly level on the Duckworth/Lewis system for rain-affected matches at 190 for six off 26.1 overs.

But Australian umpires Rod Tucker and Steve Davis then decided the rain was too heavy to continue and took the players off the field for the final time at 7.43pm local time (1843 GMT).

Crucially, off what turned out to be the last ball of the match, with West Indies then ahead of their D/L target, Kieron Pollard was caught for 28 by Dale Steyn at third man off Ryan McLaren and his exit swung the match back to parity.

The Proteas joined already-qualified India as one of the two semi-finalists from Group B.

For South Africa, often dubbed ‘chokers’ — a charge levelled at them by West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo on Thursday — there was belated satisfaction Friday in coming out on the right side of a result like this.

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