Proteas win a close encounter, win series

Published: Friday, May 21, 2010, 11:25 [IST]
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Proteas win a close encounter

Antigua: South Africa managed to edge past a tightly contested match against the West Indies in the second and final T20 match in Antigua to win the series.

A low scoring match where the Proteas posted a target of 120 runs for the home side to win managed to run away with the match by 1 run.

Despite Darren Sammy's final over effort where he managed to hit 12 not out from 6 deliveries, the West Indians felt 1 short of the target.

For the visiting side debutant David Miller showed some resistance, top scoring with 33 runs hitting 2 big ones out of the park. For the home side Jerome Taylor was the pick of the bowlers picking up 3 important wickets and yielding just 14 runs in his full quota of 4 overs.

Dale Steyn got the second innings off to a perfect start for South Africa, trapping the big hitter Chris Gayle lbw for a second ball duck.

Andre Fletcher followed him soon falling cheaply for 4 runs. Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dwayne Bravo put on a partnership of 68 runs for the home side but the partnership was rather too slow. Bravo managed to score 40 runs of 42 balls while Chanderpaul scored 29 of 37 balls, leaving too much of a load for rest of the batsmen to follow.

Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard did manage to get them close but it was rather too much for the home side.

For the visiting side, Morney Morkel was the most economical bowler, scalping 2 wickets for just 15 runs in his full quota of 4 overs. Johan Botha managed to content the home side picking up 3 wickets and was named the 'man of the match'

In the post match presentation home side captain Chris Gayle said,“There's nothing much to say, if we can"t get 120 runs. We still have the ODIs to try and turn things around, but I"m just repeating myself every time." … “There were too many dot balls."


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