Polly on 'cloud nine' after Newlands swansong

Published: Saturday, January 26, 2008, 2:59 [IST]
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Pollock over moon after Newlands farewell tr

Cape Town : Shaun Pollock said he felt as though he was on 'cloud nine' as he produced a bowling masterclass to take South Africa to a resounding 86-run win in the second one-day international against the West Indies at Newlands Friday.

Playing in his 300th one-day international, and his final match at Newlands before he retires at the end of the series, Pollock strangled the West Indian batsmen as they set out to chase South Africa's total of 255 for nine.

Pollock took two for 13 in ten overs while his every move was cheered by a crowd of 18,000 and he received a standing ovation when he finished his stint.

Captain Graeme Smith was the anchor of the South African innings, making 86. But he was trumped by Pollock for the man of the match award.

"I've had some wonderful experiences in Cape Town," said Pollock. "It was just great. You almost feel you're on cloud nine out there with the crowd cheering everything you do. You almost feel you need to calm them down."

Pollock said a dry pitch had suited his bowling.

"I managed to hit my areas and there was a bit of movement off a length which kept them in check. It nipped back and nipped away and some of them stood up a bit."

The result, which put South Africa 2-0 ahead in the series, was a foregone conclusion long before the West Indian innings petered out at 169 with 10 balls remaining.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, batting with a runner for most of his innings, made 54 before being ninth out.

"The bowlers did a good job," said West Indian captain Dwayne Bravo. "A target of 250 was achievable but we as batters didn't apply ourselves and we lost wickets at crucial times."

Smith, though, praised a "clinical performance" by the whole South African team.

In addition to Pollock, fast bowler Morne Morkel made a claim for a long-term place in the team by taking four for 36.


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