Friday 25 January 2008 

Ruthless South Africa Hammer West Indies By 86 Runs

South Africa 255-9 (Smith 86, Duminy 68, Taylor 4-34) v
West Indies 169 (Chanderpaul 54, M Morkel 4-36) in Cape Town

South Africa won by 86 runs and lead the series 2-0

South Africa, on the back of half-centuries from Graeme Smith and JP Duminy and a ruthless bowling performance, took an emphatic 86-run win over the West Indies in the second one-day international in Cape Town.

After Smith hit 86 and Duminy 68 out of South Africa's 255 for nine, the West Indies slipped to 69 for four and 97 for six in pursuit of an unlikely victory target under the lights and after roughly ten overs into the reply, the result of the match was never in doubt.

Opener Brenton Parchment could do nothing as a length delivery from Shaun Pollock spat at him, looping off his bat into the safe hands of AB De Villiers. The Jamaican had made eight, but his dismissal heralded the arrival of an aggressive Runako Morton, who hit Dale Steyn for two sumptuous boundaries in two balls.

Sewnarine Chattergoon, looking scratchy at the start, then repeated the two-boundary trick off of Charl Langeveldt, although the first was edged through the slips with the second classically driven through the covers. He still struggled to score quickly, though, and was dismissed when he edged Langeveldt to Mark Boucher having laboured for 34 from 56 balls.

Marlon Samuels (two) was caught behind off of Morne Morkel and next ball Morton pulled him straight to Dale Steyn at mid-off for 19 to leave the West Indians in disarray, and their problems increased when Dwayne Bravo was run out for 11 by AB De Villiers. Four balls later, Denesh Ramdin chopped on without scoring with Pollock enjoying his final international outing at Newlands.

He returned the remarkable figures of two for 13 from his ten overs and received a standing ovation from the appreciative crowd and later took the man of the match award for his efforts.

With the required run rate climbing, no West Indian batsmen showed any willingness to play the innings required as South Africa maintained their vice-like grip on the game. If the match was a boxing contest, it would have been stopped long before the 30th over, such was the disparity between the two sides.

When Shivnarine Chanderpaul, out of the blue, smashed Morkel for two fours in two balls in the 39th over, it seemed that the West Indies perhaps hadn't given up, although Morkel had the last laugh when Darren Sammy (21) gave Boucher another catch shortly after.

Ravi Rampaul was the next to fall, well caught by Smith at slip for one off of Steyn. Chanderpaul soon completed a 48th half-century in one-day internationals, but he batted most of his innings with a runner and was a shadow of his normal self. His innings ended tamely when he chipped Langeveldt to Johan Botha at midwicket for 54.

The game finally ended with Jerome Taylor trying a big hit but only succeeding in giving Steyn another catch and Morkel his career-best figures of four for 36.

It summed things up for the West Indies, who, with the exception of Taylor and Chattergoon with the ball, appeared a long way short of anything approaching a competent outfit up against a finely-tuned South African side.

Earlier, Graeme Smith and JP Duminy scored half-centuries as South Africa overcame a shaky start to post 255 for nine. Taylor took four for 34 to ensure that South Africa were pegged back after looking set for a huge score at various stages of their innings.

South Africa lost Herschelle Gibbs and Jacques Kallis after they won the toss and chose to bat but a belligerent half-century partnership between AB De Villiers and Smith put them back in charge of the game. West Indies fought back, however, with some disciplined spin bowling and wickets at key times in the South African innings.

Gibbs (five) edged Taylor behind where Ramdin held a smart catch to his right before Kallis (seven) was next to go, chipping Taylor to Chanderpaul at mid-off, leaving South Africa in trouble at 18 for two.

De Villiers (45) commenced the fightback by smashing Rampaul for 18 in his first over with one six and three fours as the pressure exerted by Taylor and Fidel Edwards was lifted in the space of four crushing blows which took the Proteas past fifty in the 12th over.

The partnership of 91 was finally broken when Sammy had De Villiers trapped in front in the 23rd over. Two overs later, Smith moved to his fourth one-day international half-century against the West Indies as Samuels and Chattergoon, the tourists' spinners, applied the brakes in the middle overs.

Samuels had Smith caught behind for 86 just when it looked as if the South Africans were ready to hit the accelerator pedal and push on. Duminy then picked up the baton, scoring fluently all round the wicket to register his second half-century of the series and take South Africa past the 200 mark as he and Smith added 72 for the fourth wicket.

Boucher (17) thumped Edwards for a straight six before next ball having his stumps disturbed attempting a similar strike, which brought Pollock, on the occasion of his 300th one-day international to the crease. His stay was a short one, as he edged Taylor into the gloves or Ramdin having made a bright and breezy 12.

Johan Botha (three) also perished in the death overs, caught by substitute Devon Smith off of the impressive Taylor, who took his fourth wicket. Duminy was untroubled by the bowling, smashing a huge six off of Edwards as he took the fight to the West Indians once again.

It took a moment's hesitation on his part and a sharp bit of work from Ramdin to run him out for well-compiled 68 in an eventful final over of the innings which also saw Morkel run out for a duck by Taylor.

� Cricket World 2008



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