Smith and Polly steer South Africa home

Published: Saturday, January 26, 2008, 2:25 [IST]
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Smith and Pollock lead South Africa to victo

Cape Town: Captain Graeme Smith hit 86 and Shaun Pollock produced a bowling masterclass as South Africa gained a resounding 86-run win in the second one-day international against the West Indies at Newlands Friday.

Smith was the anchor in South Africa's innings of 255 for nine and Pollock strangled the West Indian batsmen, taking two for 13 in ten overs to earn a standing ovation in his final appearance at the Newlands ground.

Pollock has announced his retirement at the end of the five-match series.

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 West Indies made a good start to the match when fast bowler Jerome Taylor dismissed senior batsmen Herschelle Gibbs and Jacques Kallis inside the first five overs, reducing the hosts to 18 for two.

Smith shared stands of 91 with AB de Villiers (45) and 72 with Jean-Paul Duminy (68) as South Africa recovered.

Taylor was easily the best West Indian bowler. He took four for 34 and bowled an excellent last over in which he conceded only one run while three wickets fell, including two run-outs.

After 11 overs from Taylor and Fidel Edwards the total was only 34 but the tempo lifted when Ravi Rampaul came on as the first change bowler.

De Villiers hit his first three balls for 4,6,4 and added another boundary as 18 runs were scored off the over.

De Villiers survived a confident appeal for a legside catch behind the wicket off Edwards and took 16 balls to score his first run. But he then batted fluently to make his 45 off 59 balls.

Smith struggled early on but went on to make his 86 off 107 balls with 11 fours before edging off-spinner Marlon Samuels to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.

The left-handed Duminy made his third career half-century and his second in successive matches after being man of the match when South Africa won the opening clash in the five-match series by six wickets in Centurion Sunday.

Pollock started with two maidens to put the West Indians on the back foot from the start of their innings.

Then he had Brenton Parchment caught at backward point off the splice of his bat in his third over as Pollock put in a first spell of 7-3-10-1.

Promising fast bowler Morne Morkel took two wickets off successive balls and Pollock snuffed out any lingering hopes the tourists might have had when he came on for his second spell in the 31st over.

He again started with two maidens and his accuracy produced a run-out when Dwayne Bravo tried to get off strike. Then he bowled Denesh Ramdin to take his career tally to 390 wickets in 300 one-day internationals.


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