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Agony for West Indies

POWER HITTING: Kieron Pollard

WEST INDIES were left to rue a missed opportunity when they were knocked out of the ICC Champions Trophy after failing to beat South Africa in Cardiff.

The Caribbean outfit were eliminated when rain halted their clash against the Proteas who reached the semi-finals after avoiding defeat.

The West Indies were chasing South Africa's 230-6, from a rain-reduced allocation of 31 overs, and were on Duckworth Lewis par 190-6 off 26.1 overs before the rain came down again.

The teams both finished on three points, but South Africa go through with a better net run rate.

Some power hitting from Marlon Samuels (48) and Kieron Pollard (28) had put West Indies on course to pull off the run chase, having recovered from being 87 for three at one point.

But, when Pollard was dismissed from the last ball before rain stopped play with 29 deliveries remaining, the Windies went from being ahead of the required score to level on 190 for six.

Both sides get a point for the tie, but it is the South Africans who go through due to a better net run-rate.

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