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South Africa surge towards Twenty20 semis

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  • South Africa edge towards Twenty20 semis with a 20-run win over West Indies
  • The win maintains South Africa's advantage in Group E of Super Eights stage
  • Pakistan defeat New Zealand by six wickets in the second Super Eights game
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(CNN) -- Teenager Wayne Parnell continued South Africa's surge towards the World Twenty20 semifinals with a four-wicket haul in their 20-run victory over West Indies at The Oval on Saturday.

Wayne Parnell celebrates one of his wickets as South Africa proved too strong for the West Indies.

Wayne Parnell celebrates one of his wickets as South Africa proved too strong for the West Indies.

Parnell, 19, took wickets at both ends of West Indies' run chase to finish with figures of 4-0-13-4, after South Africa reached a challenging 183-7 in their innings.

It meant South Africa have one foot in the final four after two wins from two in Group E of the Super Eights stage.

Set a challenging 184-run target, the West Indians were set back by the loss of openers Chris Gayle and Andre Fletcher, the slayers of Australia on the same ground, in the opening four overs.

Parnell's initial two-over burst of two for three was followed by the removal of Kieron Pollard and Jerome Taylor at the death.

By that time the result was never in question, only the margin of victory for tournament favorites South Africa, as the West Indies finished on 163-9.

West Indies, who threw Group E, which also includes England, wide open by beating holders India on Friday evening, opted to bowl first but failed to break South Africa's experienced opening duo early on.

Graeme Smith's dismissal for a speedy 31 was the only success in the first half of their innings. Herschelle Gibbs then smashed 55 from 35 balls -- including eight fours and a six -- while team-mate Jacques Kallis hit 45 in an impressive batting display.

Meanwhile, Umar Gul's five-star display kept Pakistan in the competition as New Zealand were steamrollered in the second match.

The paceman became the first bowler to claim five wickets in a 20-over international with a stunning spell as the Black Caps were skittled out for just 99 in Group F.

Having been thrown the ball with New Zealand already wobbling on 72 for four, Gul removed Scott Styris and Peter McGlashan in his first over on his way to remarkable figures of five for six.

Shahzaib Hasan then hit 35 as Pakistan duly knocked off the runs to secure victory by six wickets and, with Ireland left to play in the Super Eights, give themselves an excellent chance of reaching the semifinals.

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