Sunday 27 January 2008 

Kallis Back In Form As South Africa Seal Series

West Indies 252-7 (Samuels 98, Chattergoon 54, Botha 2-28)
South Africa 253-3 (Kallis 121no, Smith 56) in Port Elizabeth

South Africa won by seven wickets and lead the series 3-0

Jacques Kallis signalled a return to form with an unbeaten century as South Africa beat the West Indies by seven wickets in the third one-day international in Port Elizabeth, in the process sealing the series.

Chasing a testing target of 253, Kallis, who remained unbeaten on 121, and captain Graeme Smith (56) led the way after the early loss of Herschelle Gibbs, caught at third man for 15.

They added 82 before Kallis dominated a stand of 46 with AB De Villiers (18) as he hit 12 fours and a six in his impressive innings, his first score of note in one-day internationals all summer.

Fidel Edwards, who bowled poorly in his first spell returned to dismiss De Villiers, but South Africa's other man of the moment JP Duminy scored a watchful and necessary 36 not out to help Kallis guide his side to victory.

Earlier, the West Indies, led by an innings of 98 from Marlon Samuels, put in a massively improved performance as they posted 252 for seven in their fifty overs.

Samuels smashed 4 sixes in his 88-ball knock, missing out on the coveted century when he holed out to the last ball of the innings.

The tourists had been given a good platform thanks to a 75-run partnership between Sewnarine Chattergoon (54) and Patrick Browne (35) for the second wicket after Brenton Parchment had departed for five.

Browne made his debut in place of the injured Shivnarine Chanderpaul and offered solid support to Chattergoon.

Samuels punished some loose South African bowling, taking a particular liking for Charl Langeveldt who disappeared for 68 from his ten overs.

Dale Steyn went for 62 as Johan Botha was by far the most successful bowler, taking two for 29 from seven overs.

� Cricket World 2008