Monday 24 May 2010 

300 Is Enough For South Africa To Win Kallis's 300th ODI

300 Is Enough For South Africa To Win Kallis's 300th ODI
Amla And Kallis Set West Indies 301 In Second ODI
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South Africa 300-5 (Amla 92, Kallis 85) beat
West Indies 283 (Bravo 74, Sammy 58no) by 17 runs
Second One-Day International, Antigua

Jacques Kallis scored a half-century, took a wicket and a catch on the occasion of his 300th One-Day International as South Africa saw off a spirited late charge to win the second match against the West Indies by 17 runs in Antigua.

Kallis helped South Africa post 300 for five but they were pushed hard before eventually bowling the West Indies out for 283, Darren Sammy almost stealing the game by smashing the quickest half-century by a West Indian, in just 20 balls, before South Africa wrapped things up.

Set a stiff target of 301 to win, Chris Gayle (26) and Dale Richards (51) put on 40 for the first wicket but the home side suffered a double blow when Gayle was caught by Ryan McLaren off Morne Morkel and Ramnaresh Sarwan was forced to retire hurt.

Phillips toughed out a maiden ODI half-century having flown in from Barbados at short notice to replace Andre Fletcher and after the dismissal of Narsingh Deonarine for seven, Dwayne Bravo hit an enterprising 74 in 70 balls to first get the innings back on track, and then begin to make a serious assault on the target.

He was aided by Kieron Pollard, who made 29, but not by Jerome Taylor (4) and Denesh Ramdin (2) who were both sent in ahead of Sammy.

He responded to his demotion to number nine by blasting six sixes to take his side to the brink of a win. With him and Bravo carving the bowlers up, Morkel travelled for 19 in the 47th over, spinner Johan Botha conceded 14 in the 45th and even Dale Steyn was not spared as he leaked 13 in the 44th.

The cool head of McLaren got South Africa out of jail when he let just five runs slip from the 48th over, which culminated with the run out of Ravi Rampaul.

That left Miller, who was not expected to come out and bat after suffering a side strain while bowling, to face the penultimate over with 18 runs required to win, but he was also run out trying to get off strike to leave the West Indies beaten for the fourth match in a row by the Proteas.

Sammy was unbeaten on 58 in 24 balls.

Earlier, Kallis holed out having made 85 in 89 balls as the Proteas attempted to make the best possible use of the batting Power Play after they had won the toss and chosen to bat first, although the West Indies, who put in a generally dreadful fielding display, hit back, and any thoughts of a score in the region of 325 were scuppered.

The runs had continued to flow from the bat of Hashim Amla earlier on in the day and he followed up his century in the first match with a delightfully fluent knock of 92, putting on 89 in 16 overs with Graeme Smith (37).

Smith fell when he was bowled by left-arm spinner Miller having already been dropped by Rampaul although Miller was unable to complete his spell due to his injury.

AB de Villiers (41 in 35 balls) and David Miller (26 not out) piled more pain on the beleaguered West Indians before Pollard and Taylor both picked up two wickets to limit the damage.

South Africa lead the five-match series 2-0 after a 66-run win in the opening match while they claimed the Twenty20 International series 2-0.

- The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has said it will make a decision in the next few days over whether matches in Jamaica will have to be moved after a state of emergency was declared on the island following attacks on police stations and the deaths of policemen in Kingston. The fifth and final ODI as well as the first Test are scheduled to take place at Sabina Park.

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