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South Africa win despite Sammy's heroics

Published: Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 11:25 [IST]
 
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S.A wins an Intense match

Antigua: South Africa won the second ODI by 17 runs against the West Indies despite a magnificent innings by Darren Sammy in a high-scoring game at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium.

The Proteas posted an impressive score of 300 for 5 in their full quota of 50 overs with Amla top scoring with 92 runs, and Kallis scoring 85 runs. Amla was the hitting the ball early on plundering successive fours of Ravi Rampaul. David Miller added by showing some promise to finish the innings with a quick-fire 26.

While the home team was chasing it all looked a sorrow story for them struggling at 236 for 8 in the 45th over until Sammy hit 58 off 24 deliveries to spur the hosts to give some light to the West Indian chase. He launched six sixes and two fours on his way to the fastest ODI fifty by a West Indian - from 20 balls. He took the equation to 18 needed off 13 but successive run outs sealed a tense result that had looked a one sided affair for the whole game.

Captain Gayle looked good commencing the innings for the home side, but was sent back to the pavillion soon by Morne Morkel. Dwayne Bravo, however anchored the innings for the home side with a classy knock of 74. He just hit three fours but his strike rate was better than run-a-ball. He was good running between the wickets.

Sammy's cameo concluded when Ravi Rampaul and Nikita Miller were run out within two balls of each other with just under two overs remaining the game was up. The Proteas ran away with the match by 17 runs margin in the final outcome.

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