South Africa 136-7 (Kallis 53, Pollard 2-22) beat
West Indies 123 (Pollard 27, McLaren 5-19) by 13 runs
First Twenty20 International, Antigua
South Africa overcame a slow start on a tricky pitch in Antigua to beat the West Indies by 13 runs in the first Twenty20 International at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
The South African batsmen had to cope with variable bounce and a slow track but recovered to post 136 for seven and then the West Indies were bowled out for 123 with Ryan McLaren taking five wickets.
Graeme Smith (37) and Loots Bosman (7) added 15 for the first wicket before Bosman flicked Jerome Taylor down the leg-side to give Andre Fletcher a catch behind the stumps before Smith and Jacques Kallis added 73 for the second wicket to put the Proteas in a strong position.
Kallis hit three sixes as he targeted the leg-side boundary which was shortened by a stiff breeze and he faced 45 balls to make 53 before a late-order collapse saw AB de Villiers (11) the only other player to reach double figures.
Kemar Roach and Kieron Pollard both took two wickets as the West Indies finished their fielding effort strongly.
Their reply, however, got off to a strong start before fading away. Chris Gayle blasted 14 in 16 balls and Dwayne Bravo looked in good touch on his way to 18 in 23 balls either side of Fletcher being smarly taken by de Villiers off of the bowling of McLaren.
McLaren had Gayle caught in the deep and off-spinner Johan Botha then struck twice to dismiss Bravo and Narsingh Deonarine (0) and the West Indies never looked like recovering from a position of 50 for five when Ramnaresh Sarwan was caught by Alviro Petersen as left-arm slow bowler Roelof van der Merwe also took a wicket.
As the required run-rate spiralled out of control, the West Indian's shot-making and running between the wickets got more and more desperate, allowing McLaren to run through the order to finish with figures of five for 19 and Pollard eventually top scoring with 27 in 17 balls as he tried in vain to resurrect his side's challenge.
The two teams meet again at the same venue on 20th May.
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