Port Elizabeth: Jacques Kallis eased to his 16th one-day century as South Africa cruised to a series-winning seven-wicket win against the West Indies at St George's Park Sunday.
Kallis finished with 121 not out as South Africa overhauled the West Indian total of 252 for seven with 14 balls to spare, clinching the series with two matches still to play.
The South African batsmen were seldom under pressure after Kallis and captain Graeme Smith put on 82 for the second wicket.
That the West Indies made a competitive total was mainly due to Marlon Samuels, who survived a controversial television umpiring decision to make 98 before being caught in the deep off the last ball of the innings.
South Africa made a relatively slow start to the run chase on an easy-paced pitch, only scoring 49 for the loss of Herschelle Gibbs in the first 12 overs.
But first-change bowler Fidel Edwards conceded 20 runs in his first two overs and from there on the hosts were always on target to take a winning 3-0 lead in the series.
Smith made his second successive half-century before being caught at midwicket off Samuels, who followed up his fine innings by taking one for 38 with his off-spin.
But Kallis always looked in control as he reached his fifty off 68 balls and his century off 120 deliveries.
It was the first century by Kallis in Port Elizabeth, the only regular international venue in South Africa where he had not reached three figures.
"The West Indies score was probably par," said Kallis. "We knew the pitch would get slower in the afternoon so we needed someone to bat through."
Kallis and JP Duminy sealed the win with an unbeaten fourth wicket stand of 88.
Duminy, who made 79 not out and 68 in the first two matches, hit 36 not out.
"JP's becoming a really good finisher," said Kallis.
South African captain Graeme Smith said it had been an excellent batting pitch.
"We should probably have kept them below 250 but Marlon played well at the death and we didn't bowl as well (although) we bowled really well for 35 overs."
Samuels made his 98 off 88 balls to give the West Indies some hope of getting back into the series after Bravo won the toss for the first time in four matches.
He slammed seven fours and four sixes, enabling the West Indies to boost a flagging run rate and to score 91 runs off the last ten overs.
Samuels survived a chance to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher, standing up to Shaun Pollock, when he had 19. He also seemed lucky to survive an appeal for a catch behind by Boucher off fast bowler Dale Steyn when he had 37.
On-field umpire Daryl Harper referred the decision to television umpire Brian Jerling in line with a provision in the regulations that a review can be sought if there is a possibility of a "bump ball".
The replays showed the ball carried to Boucher after passing the bat but Jerling gave it not out which is provided for if it is clear to the third umpire that the ball did not hit the bat.
Although the replays were inconclusive it seemed likely that the ball had deflected off the bat.
Samuels, who made 94 and was man of the match when the West Indies won the first Test at the same venue last month, took full advantage.
He reached his half-century off 62 balls and then launched a savage assault on some wayward bowling on a good batting pitch.
Inexperienced batsmen Sewnarine Chattergoon (52) and Patrick Browne (35) provided a solid foundation for the innings, putting on 75 for the second wicket off 103 balls.
The left-handed Chattergoon, playing in his fifth one-day international, looked a capable, compact player in an 81-ball innings, hitting seven fours and a six.