Friday 1 February 2008 

Pollock Puts South Africa 4-0 Up On Home Ground

West Indies 263-9 (Parchment, Chattergoon 48, Nel 2-44)
South Africa 266-5 (De Villiers 77, Smith 50) in Durban

South Africa won by five wickets and lead the series 4-0

Shaun Pollock hit the winning runs on his last outing at his home ground of Durban as South Africa beat the West Indies by five wickets in the fourth one-day international after half-centuries from Graeme Smith and AB De Villiers set them up for a fine win.

South Africa required 264 to win and it was Smith who ignited the run chase with three fours in an over off of Jerome Taylor, who had earlier starred with the bat.

Smith took full advantage of being dropped in the first over as he raced to a third half-century of the series, leaving Herschelle Gibbs behind before the final ball of the tenth over disappeared into the crowd at midwicket as Gibbs unleashed a trademark shot.

Smith brought up a 36-ball half-century by greeting Darren Sammy's introduction to the attack with two consecutive fours before the next ball was safely pouched by Shivnarine Chanderpaul at midwicket.

Sammy was straight back into the action, taking the catch to dismiss Jacques Kallis with Fidel Edwards the bowler. Gibbs and AB De Villiers then began the rebuilding process with Gibbs looking more and more impressive the more time he spent at the crease, hitting Edwards for a six over square leg to keep his side well in charge.

Just when he was looking at his best, he chopped Dwayne Bravo onto his stumps having made 39.

De Villiers and JP Duminy then kept the runs flowing, taking the score past the 150 mark before De Villiers registered his 12th ODI half-century as the game began to slip away from the West Indies.

With the pair on the brink of adding a century partnership for the fourth wicket, Duminy top edged Bravo with Taylor taking the catch to end another stylish innings from the left-hander on 44. De Villiers followed soon after having made 77, Bravo taking a neat catch off of the bowling of Daren Powell.

Mark Boucher (21 not out) and Pollock (21 not out) prevented any late collapse, closing the game out with Pollock hitting a four behind square off of Bravo to end the game with 13 balls to spare.

The Proteas were chasing 264 after a remarkable last-wicket stand of 57 between Taylor and Fidel Edwards helped West Indies recover to post a respectable 263 for nine.

Taylor posted a career-best 43 which included five fours and two sixes as the final over, bowled by Makhaya Ntini, disappeared for 24. Edwards remained unbeaten on 12 having played his part in an entertaining stand.

Openers Sewnarine Chattergoon and Brenton Parchment had earlier made a good start after they won the toss and chose to bat.

Three wickets in four overs pegged them back after the openers had scored 97, leaving Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dwayne Bravo trying to rebuild the innings.

Both Chattergoon and Parchment played some fine shots, and none more flamboyant than when Chattergoon heaved Pollock over midwicket for a six before Parchment cut Ntini, who conceded 80 runs in nine overs, over point for four.

The pair were eventually parted with the score on 97 when Chattergoon edged Pollock to Mark Boucher.

He fell for 48 shortly before Parchment was trapped in front by Nel for the same score, both men narrowly missing out on half-centuries. Nel swiftly picked up a second wicket with Marlon Samuels (four) mistiming a pull straight into the hands of Herschelle Gibbs at short midwicket.

Bravo (18) and Chanderpaul (28) added 42 for the fourth wicket before Bravo was run out by AB De Villiers and Chanderpaul was caught by Smith off of Johan Botha to leave West Indies struggling at 155 for five, which quickly became 167 for seven when Darren Sammy departed for two, mistiming a hook which gave Boucher a simple catch off of Ntini.

Patrick Browne fought back by launching an astonishing assault on Makhaya Ntini, hitting him for 15 runs in the 43rd over including two huge sixes. Browne's brief but entertaining cameo of 34 was soon ended when a Morne Morkel bouncer resulted in a top edge and a simple caught and bowled chance.

It looked as if South Africa would proceed to bowl the tourists out cheaply once Rawl Lewis (15) and Powell (nought) fell, but Taylor and Edwards came out fighting and propelled their side to a reasonable score which still took some chasing, but South Africa still had enough in hand to ensure a fairytale ending for Pollock.

� Cricket World 2008