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Bravo leads Windies into final

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Darren Bravo scored an excellent century as West Indies booked their spot in Sunday's Tri-Series final with a comfortable 100-run victory over South Africa in Barbados. 

The experienced 27-year-old, playing in his 90th one-day international, helped the Windies recover from a poor start to post a respectable 285 in Bridgetown.

Bravo struck a much-needed 102 from 103 deliveries, with his knock boosting the tournament hosts after they had slipped to 21-4 inside five overs.

The Windies had gone into Friday's match at the Kensington Oval knowing only a win would deny South Africa their place in this weekend's final against Australia.

And after Kagiso Rabada had ripped through the top order with three early wickets, Bravo was joined at the crease by Kieron Pollard, with the pair putting on a priceless 156 in 25 overs for the fifth wicket.

It was essentially a match-winning partnership, with Bravo hitting 12 fours and four sixes, while Pollard added 62 off 71.

Other useful contributions came from skipper Jason Holder, who made 40, while Carlos Brathwaite added an unbeaten 33, with the Windies dismissed off the penultimate ball of the final over.

South Africa, who had won the toss and put the Windies in to bat, also struggled early on as they slipped to 35-4 in 11.2 overs.

But unlike the hosts they were unable to forge a recovery and continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, slipping to 65-6, 118-8 and were eventually all out for 185 off the final delivery of the 46th over.

Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, who took the first three South African wickets to fall, ended with an impressive 3-17 from five overs, while Sunil Narine posted figures of 3-28 from his 10.

South Africa's demise was not helped by Morne Morkel delivering six of the 17 wides conceded by the Proteas and his nine overs cost 68 runs.

And they will rue not making the most of their excellent start to the game, which witnessed Rabada inducing an edge from opener Johnson Charles, which Chris Morris caught at second slip, before uprooting the off-stump of Marlon Samuels next ball.

However, Denesh Ramdin avoided the hat-trick before succumbing to the 21-year-old shortly afterwards.

But that was as good as it got for South Africa, whose loss meant it was the first time in 10 years that they had failed to reach the final of a tri-nation ODI series.

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