West Indies elect to bat in third ODI

Published: Sunday, January 27, 2008, 16:19 [IST]
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Port Elizabeth: The West Indies suffered another injury blow when Shivnarine Chanderpaul was ruled out of the third one-day international against South Africa because of a knee injury as the tourists won the toss and elected to bat first.

The tourists were already without tour captain Chris Gayle who returned home because of a broken thumb.

Barbados wicketkeeper Patrick Browne made his international debut, selected as a batsman in Chanderpaul's place. Daren Powell came in for Ravi Rampaul in a switch of fast bowlers.

South Africa, leading 2-0 in the five-match series, named the same side that won the second match by 86 runs in Cape Town Friday.

The pitch was dry and looked good for batting.

South Africa were seeking to end a season streak of three losses in Port Elizabeth after suffering defeats in a one-day international against New Zealand and in a Twenty20 international and a Test match against the West Indies.

By contrast, they have won all their other home international matches at four other venues during the season.

South Africa: Graeme Smith (capt), Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Mark Boucher, Shaun Pollock, Johan Botha, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Charl Langeveldt.

West Indies: Dwayne Bravo (capt), Sewnarine Chattergoon, Brenton Parchment, Marlon Samuels, Runako Morton, Patrick Browne, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Jerome Taylor, Daren Powell, Fidel Edwards.

Umpires: Daryl Harper (AUS) and Ian Howell (both RSA). TV umpire: Brian Jerling (RSA). Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND).

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