Series win for SA

Morne Morkel ripped the heart out of the West Indian chase with 4-21, reducing the hosts to 157 all out – 67 runs shy of the Proteas total.

South Africa wrapped up the West Indies, claiming their sixth successive bilateral series win and ninth successive victory, after their well-oiled seam attack found life in a barely responsive track in Dominica. AB de Villiers’ fluent 70 (from 80) was the centerpiece of what had seemed a small South African total, after the tourists had similarly given their wickets away.

West Indies made a good start to their pursuit of 225 but Chris Gayle fell in the sixth over. However, at 58-1 after 11, West Indies were coasting, but the introduction of Morne Morkel shifted the momentum into the Proteas’ hands. In his first over he had Richards edging to Jacques Kallis, in his next he proved too quick for Darren Bravo; plum LBW.

10 overs later, having added only 30, the pair of Dwayne Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul fell, leaving West Indies 93-5 in the 24th. Their big-hitters Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy, the home side’s last hope, were tied down by a barrage of short balls from the South African quicks.

Langeveldt’s sixth over proved the West Indies’ undoing, containing three wickets; Pollard caught at backward point, Sammy caught behind looking to belt the team out of trouble, and Jerome Taylor run out on jogging. West Indies were 118-8 and the series was gone – all that was left was Morkel cleaning up the tail.

The home side’s batting was in sharp contrast to their spirited bowling and fielding earlier in the day, their best effort thus far in the series. Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis removed, South Africa were moving steadily at 146 for 3 after 31 overs, de Villiers central to the innings. However, Alviro Petersen and David Miller fell cheaply and South Africa slid into a rut.

That meant de Villiers had to play out the final 15 as the only specialist batsman. But he proved more than capable; reaching a strike-rate of nearly 90. It seemed South Africa were set to hit top gear when he clobbered a huge six over midwicket in the 38th over, but the bouncer which struck Johan Botha above the eye snapped the momentum.

De Villiers’ run out left South Africa with no specialist batsmen for their batting Powerplay; resulting in the mediocre finish of 224. Their aggressive fast bowling proved their saving grace, clinching the series.

South Africa 224 all out (47.2 overs)
AB de Villiers 70, Hashim Amla 34, Keiron Pollard 3-27
West Indies 157 all out (38 overs)
Dale Richards 28, Shivnarine Chanderpaul 24, Morne Morkel 4-21
South Africa won by 67 runs

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