Proteas win a tightly contested final ODI

Published: Friday, June 4, 2010, 11:06 [IST]
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Proteas win the series 5-0

Trinidad: The Proteas notched up yet another win in the final One-dayer to make it a humiliating series loss for the West Indies team losing by 5-0. South Africa chased down the target of 253 with 2 balls to spare winning by a close margin of 1 wicket.

In the first innings, Shivnarine Chanderpaul who took 16 deliveries to open his account anchored the innings for the home team scoring 67 invaluable runs until he was trapped leg before wicket(lbw) off the bowling of spinner Johan Botha.

They managed to take full advantage of last power play scoring 50 runs off 5 overs with Pollard once again chipping in with quick-fire 26 hitting two mighty sixes along with Narsingh Deonarine who scored a well made half century of just 49 balls to finish off the innings for the West Indians.

At the final over of powerplay Pollard was dismissed rather caught in two minds lofting the ball off the bowling of Jaques Kallis,a simple catch to Graeme Smith at mid off. Darren Sammy replaced him to increase the scoring rate taking the West Indian total to 250 mark in the final over eventually finishing at 252 for the loss of six wickets. Sammy finished off with 19 runs of just 8 balls.

Spinner Van Der Merve was exceptional for the tourist scalping one wicket giving away just 27 runs in his 10 overs.

Dave Richards coming back into the side looked in good touch until he was dismissed for 19 runs caught behind the wicket to first slip off the bowling of Tsotsobe.

Chasing the target the Proteas started off cautiously, before Smith got out to Dwyane Bravo trying to cut a wide ball edging the ball to the wicket-keeper, Dinesh Ramdin who was standing right in front of the stumps. His opening partner Hashim Amla however, looked in good nick and posted a well made 44 of 50 balls before he was run-out by Keiron Pollard. to lay a good platform for the batsmen to follow.
Jacques Kallis coming in after Smith's dismissal, played a sensible knock for the Proteas dispatching the bad deliveries and picking up singles and keeping the South Africn chase alive. He scored 57 runs of 55 balls. The Proteas seemed to be cruising along nicely while Kallis was batting with the asking run-rate required under 5-runs per over.

But after Kallis's dismissal the run-rate dipped with the tourist scoring at a very low pace.

Towards the end after Kallis's dismissal, South Africa lost incoming batsmen Mark Boucher soon with the Proteas still needing 77 of 82 balls but left-hander J.P Duminy coming at no 5 guided South Africa along with Johan Botha closer to the victory margin.

Some tight bowling saw the asking rate begin to rise and when Johan Botha (24) was brilliantly caught by David Bernard off Kieron Pollard the Proteas were 234 for seven with 17 deliveries remaining.

Captain Gayle was the pick of the bowlers for the home side scalping two major wickets and keeping it very economical giving away just 38 runs off his full quota of 10 overs. All-rounder Kieron Pollard kept it hard for the South African batsmen as well, bowling good line and length.

The tourist in the end required 7 runs of the last over with 1 wicket remaining. Then Van der Merwe struck four from the first ball of Pollard's over before a single brought Tsotsobe on strike, and he flashed at a wide delivery to seal the victory.


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