Bravo to Proteas

2008-02-02 00:00

In a fairytale ending, Shaun Pollock hit the winning runs in the fourth MTN one-day international (ODI) against the West Indies at Kingsmead last night.

It was fitting that Pollock was batting with long-standing team-mate Mark Boucher as they saw South Africa to a comfortable victory with 13 runs to spare. Needing 264 to win, the Proteas achieved this for the loss of five wickets.

After hitting the winning runs, Pollock did a lap of honour to acknowledge the crowd. The West Indies team formed a guard of honour as he left his home ground for the last time. It had been an emotionally charged day for South Africa’s top wicket-taker, but he remained professional to the last.

Captain Graeme Smith, celebrating his 27th birthday, got South Africa off to a flying start with a first-wicket stand of 77 with Herschelle Gibbs. Smith hit 10 boundaries on his way to his 35th ODI 50, but immediately after reaching the milestone, he pulled a short ball from Darren Sammy straight to Shivnarine Chanderpaul at square leg.

The West Indies celebrated again in the next over when South Africa’s top batsman, Jacques Kallis, who made a flawless century in the third ODI in Port Elizabeth, tried to drive a fast delivery from Fidel Edwards, which went straight to Sammy at point and Kallis was out for one.

Gibbs and AB De Villiers put on 42 for the third wicket and were looking very comfortable. West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo, who had not bowled since the first ODI in Centurion because of a side strain, brought himself into the attack and his ploy worked when Gibbs dragged the ball onto his leg stump for 33, including three fours and two glorious sixes.

De Villiers was joined by JP Duminy and they whittled away at the target, stealing singles and punishing the bad balls. The Proteas were ahead of the required run rate almost from the start, and while the two youngsters were at the crease, South Africa were never in trouble.

De Villiers required just 57 deliveries to reach his 12th ODI 50, notching up his 2 000th run on the way. He and Duminy put on 99 runs off 109 balls together before Bravo struck again. Duminy pulled at a delivery and was caught at mid-on by Jerome Taylor for 44.

The near capacity crowd erupted with excitement when local hero Pollock, playing in his last match at Kingsmead, came out to the middle.

De Villiers was out shortly afterwards, when he was caught

by Bravo off Taylor for 77 off 86 balls.

With two runs needed for victory, Pollock faced four balls from Bravo before he managed to hit a boundary to take South Africa past the required total.

Earlier, Taylor raced to 43 off just 21 balls to steer the West Indies to a very respectable 263 after a middle order collapse, which saw them crash from 97 for one to 206 for nine. Brendon Parchment and Sewnerine Chattergoon got them off to a good start with their opening stand of 97, but when the visitors lost three wickets for 11 runs in four overs, the West Indies lost their

way and lost wickets at regular intervals.

Patrick Browne, playing in only his second ODI, showed some resistance with a bright innings of 34 off 24, hitting three fours and two sixes, but it was only when Taylor took the attack to the bowlers that the West Indies were able to increase their run rate.

He and Edwards shared a stand of 57 off 35 balls, and hit Makhaya Ntini for 44 runs off his last two overs.

SCOREBOARD

West Indies innings

B Parchment lbw Nel 48

S Chattergoon c Boucher b Pollock 48

S Chanderpaul c Smith b Botha 28

M Samuels c Gibbs b Nel 4

D Bravo run out (De Villiers) 18

P Browne c and b Morkel 34

D Sammy c Boucher b Ntini 2

R Lewis b Morkel 15

J Taylor not out 43

D Powell run out (Botha) 0

F Edwards not out 12

Extras (8lb, 2nb, 1w) 11

Total (for 9 wkts) 263

Overs: 50 overs

Fall of wickets: 1-97 (Chattergoon 23.2), 2-100 (Parchment 25.1), 3-108 (Samuels 27.1), 4-150 (Bravo 36.4), 5-155 (Chanderpaul 38.5), 6-167 (Sammy 40.4), 7-200 (Bravo 43.3), 8-205 (Lewis 43.6), 9-206 (Powell 44.3)

Bowling: Pollock 10-3-38-1, Ntini 9-1-80-1 (1nb), Nel 10-1-44-2, Morkel 10-0-60-2 (1nb,1w), Botha 10-0-32-1, Kallis 1-0-1-0

South Africa innings

G Smith c Chanderpaul b Sammy 50

H Gibbs b Bravo 39

J Kallis c Sammy b Edwards 1

A de Villiers C Bravo b Powell 77

J Duminy c Taylor b Bravo 44

S Pollock not out 21

M Boucher not out 21

Extras (6lb, 6w, 1nb) 13

Total (for 5 wkts) 266

Overs: 47.5 overs

Fall of wickets: 1-77 (Smith 11.3), 2-78 (Kallis 12.3), 3-119 (Gibbs 20.5), 4-218 (Duminy 38.5), 5-228 (De Villiers 41.1)

Bowling: Taylor 9-0-48-0 (4w), Powell 10-1-49-1 (1w), Sammy 10-0-58-1, Edwards 5-0-39-1, Bravo 8.5-0-31-2 (1w), Lewis 5-0-35-0.

— Sapa.

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