Sunday 3 February 2008 

Gibbs Hits Century Before Pollock Seals Fairytale End

West Indies 295-7 (D Smith 91, Chanderpaul 51) v
South Africa 211-2 (Gibbs 102, Kallis 74no) in Johannesburg

South Africa won by eight wickets (D/L) and won the series 5-0

Herschelle Gibbs scored a blistering century which enabled Shaun Pollock, in his final international match, to seal a fairytale end to his career by hitting the runs which sealed an 5-0 series clean sweep over the West Indies in Johannesburg.

Gibbs scored a superb 102 from 84 balls while Jacques Kallis added a crucial unbeaten 74 from 70, the pair adding 175 for the second wicket which broke the back of the run chase.

The Proteas sealed an eight-wicket win in the 29th over.

South Africa got off to a shaky start in their reply when Graeme Smith was bowled by Daren Powell for five before two rain breaks.

The players returned with South Africa chasing a revised target of 211 in 31 overs with and Herschelle Gibbs took 14 runs off of Daren Powell's first over back to put South Africa on top.

Dwayne Bravo bowled the 13th over of the innings which disappeared for 22 with Gibbs in imperious form and he brought his 34th one-day international half-century soon after.

His dismissal, caught by Shivnarine Chanderpaul off of Daren Powell, heralded the arrival of Pollock, who sealed the game with a crisply driven four and a cut to third man for two off of Ravi Rampaul.

Earlier, opener Devon Smith led the way with 91 in 76 balls as the West Indies gave themselves every chance of avoiding the 5-0 series clean sweep by posting 295 for seven before rain reduced South Africa's target to 211 in 31 overs.

Chanderpaul chipped in with a half-century and Rawl Lewis smashed three sixes late on to set South Africa a challenging 296 to win.

South Africa won the toss and fielded and got the early breakthrough they wanted when Brenton Parchment (two) was caught by AB De Villiers off of Pollock.

Smith and Chanderpaul (51) then added 137 for the second wicket with Smith smashing ten fours and three sixes before he was caught by Mark Boucher off of Charl Langeveldt.

Chanderpaul's 76-ball stay at the crease was ended when he was trapped in front by Langeveldt before Dwayne Bravo (40) and Patrick Browne put on 55 for the fourth wicket before Bravo was caught by Graeme Smith off of Dale Steyn. He was quickly rejoined in the dressing room by Runako Morton, who edged Jacques Kallis to Mark Boucher for four.

Denesh Ramdin (six) and Darren Sammy (one) then fell as they looked to boost their side's score in the closing overs before Patrick Browne (49 not out) and Lewis (28 not out) hammered 50 runs in the final five overs, bringing up a 32-ball 50 partnership reminiscent of Jerome Taylor's and Fidel Edwards' in Durban two days ago.

South Africa still struggled at the death, but with Gibbs and Kallis in sparkling form in the middle order, they again had time for Pollock to finish the game with emotions running high.

South Africa's rotation policy saw Langeveldt, Albie Morkel and Steyn replacing Makhaya Ntini, Johan Botha and Morne Morkel.

With Sewnarine Chattergoon and Marlon Samuels added to the West Indian injury list that already includes Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan, Denesh Ramdin and Runako Morton were recalled to the side with Ravi Rampaul in for Jerome Taylor.

� Cricket World 2008



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