South Africa brush aside hosts; seizes the series

Published: Saturday, May 29, 2010, 12:17 [IST]
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De Villiers shines for S.A

Windsor Park, Dominica: South Africa came out victorious in the third one-day international against the West Indies by 67-runs, and seized the series with that win.

The Proteas made a modest total of 224 from 47.2 overs after winning the toss. AB de Villiers scored an impressive 70 for the tourist and they were marching ahead strong until they lost their last five wickets cheaply for just 18 runs.

De Villiers looked confident and was timing the ball profoundly, until he ran short of partners. He had to play out the final 15 overs with players who weren't quite accomplished with the bat. He regularly walked down the track even to the quicker bowlers and placed the ball in a crafty manner to score at a brisk pace even when the rest floundered.

The West Indians did look sharp on the field managing to limit the visitor's total. The South Africans were well placed at 206 for five in the 43rd over. The home team restricted them to 224 runs.

The total seemed to be meager one until the home team came onto bat and collapsed after a fairly good start. Opener Dale Richards was the Windies' top scorer with 28.

West Indies were coasting along well with a score of 58-1 after 11 overs until Morne Morkel came into bowling and troubled the West Indian middles order.
Gayle looked in good nick hitting one big one out of the park but his batting was short-lived by Charles Langeveldt for 16 runs. Richards too was middling the ball and playing with some confidence until he was caught by Kallis off the bowling of Morne Morkel.

The rest of the batting never clicked with the Proteas bowling testing them with lifting deliveries every now and then, the home team lost wickets regularily and never seemed to recover eventually giving away the match and series to the tourists.

Morne Morkel finished with career-best ODI figures of four for 21 for South Africa while Charles Langeveldt, playing instead of Lonwabo Tsotsobe, claimed three for 30.

For the home side Pollard was the pick of the bowlers chipping in with three wickets, not giving away much runs.

AB de Villiers was named man of the match for his splendid effort.


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