Smith spurs West Indies in final match

Published: Sunday, February 3, 2008, 18:17 [IST]
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Johannesburg: Devon Smith put a frustrating tour behind him as he hammered 91 off 76 balls in the fifth and final one-day international against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium Sunday.

The West Indies made 295 for seven after being sent in to bat.

Opening batsman Smith had played a minimal role on tour, appearing in two warm-up matches, two Twenty20 internationals and the first one-day international, making just 50 runs in six innings with a highest score of 12.

But the left-hander from Grenada, who played because Sewnarine Chattergoon was injured, took advantage of excellent batting conditions. He struck 10 fours and three sixes before being caught behind off Charl Langeveldt.

Smith and fellow left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul (51) put on 137 off 134 balls for the second wicket to set the West Indies up for a potentially huge total.

South African captain Graeme Smith was forced to delay the third powerplay after 98 runs were scored off the first 15 overs. When he did call for the powerplay, in the 27th over, Langeveldt dismissed Smith and followed up with the wicket of Chanderpaul in the next over.

Despite an attacking 40 off 34 balls by captain Dwayne Bravo, the West Indian innings lost momentum before Patrick Browne (49 not out) and Rawl Lewis (28 not out) put on 53 off 34 balls in an unbeaten eighth wicket stand.

South African all-rounder Shaun Pollock, playing in his last international match, took one for 33 and was given a standing ovation when he finished his final spell. Bowling with the new ball, Pollock had a first spell of 7-1-14-1 in dramatic contrast to his fellow pace bowlers, who were all punished by Smith.

Pollock finished his career with 393 wickets at an average of 24.50 in 303 one-day internationals.

South African fast bowler Andre Nel, who conceded 27 runs in three overs, suffered a hamstring injury while fielding and had to leave the field.

The West Indies had to make four injury-enforced changes. Batsmen Chattergoon and Marlon Samuels and fast bowlers Jerome Taylor and Fidel Edwards were all ruled out with Smith, Runako Morton, Lewis and Ravi Rampaul taking their places.

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