Reeza Hendricks smashed 83 off 44 balls but it was not enough for South Africa, who fell seven runs short of their massive target as the West Indies claimed a 2-1 T20I series win at The Wanderers.
South Africa had chased down a record 259 for victory in the second game in Pretoria on Sunday, and this time were set 221 having elected to bowl first on a cold night in Johannesburg.
West Indies’ total of 8-220 was powered by an unbeaten 44 from No.9 Romario Shepherd, who smashed 26 off the final over from Kagiso Rabada in an impressive display of six hitting.
Nicholas Pooran also pitched in with 41 from 19 balls on another excellent batting wicket.
South Africa were up with the run rate for most of their reply, boosted by Hendricks’ excellent innings and 42 off 21 balls from Rilee Rossouw.
But they lost their way in the final five overs due to some good death bowling from the visitors, not least seamer Alzarri Joseph who picked up 5-40.
The home side were left needing 26 from the final over, a task that proved too great.
South Africa now face two must-win One-Day International fixtures against the Netherlands, starting in Benoni on Friday, as they bid for automatic qualification for the Cricket World Cup in India later this year.
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