Tuesday 10 April 2007 

South Africa Seal Crushing Defeat In Grenada

South Africa completed a crushing victory in their Super 8 match against the West Indies in Grenada, defending 356, by restricting West Indies to 289 for 9 and winning by 67 runs, the same margin of victory as the Bangladeshis recorded against them in their last game.

A disciplined and efficient bowling and fielding display backed up a fine batting effort as the West Indies were never in the hunt. AB De Villiers' maiden one-day century was the backbone of their batting whilst Shaun Pollock (2-33) and Graeme Smith (2-56) were the pick of the bowlers.

West Indies, facing a huge uphill struggle to chase down 357 to win, lost wickets regularly. Shivnarine Chanderpaul was first to fall, giving Graeme Smith a simple catch at mid-off as Shaun Pollock struck during a good opening spell.

The introduction of Smith (33) was the catalyst for the scoring rate to accelerate as he and Gayle took the score to 61 for 1 after 10 overs. However, as he was forced to continue looking for quick runs, he perished, lofting a catch to AB De Villiers. Gayle was then run out by Ashwell Prince for 32 looking for a quick single to leave West Indies in big trouble at 69 for 3.

Brian Lara (21) and Ramnaresh Sarwan began to rebuild but their partnership was ended as Lara chopped on from Jacques Kallis and a short time ago the score was 121 for 4 off of 20.3 overs.

Dwayne Bravo came and went quickly, chipping a catch to Herschelle Gibbs off of the returning Pollock for 6, as did Kieron Pollard (10) and Denesh Ramdin (4).

Sarwan played beautifully before being dismissed for an entertaining 92 off of 75 balls. Some late-order resistance from the bowlers merely delayed the inevitable although Daren Powell livened proceedings by hitting 3 sixes as he finished on 48 not out. Corey Collymore ended the game by hitting a six as the West Indians at least went down fighting.

Earlier, South Africa put on a ruthless display of power hitting as they posted an enormous 356 for 4.

A stunning maiden one-day hundred from AB De Villiers, a fluent 81 from Jacques Kallis and late order bludgeoning from Gibbs and Mark Boucher did the damage as the backlash from their defeat against Bangladesh was too severe for the West Indians to cope with.

De Villiers and Kallis launched a stinging early assault, putting on 170 runs for the second wicket.

They lost captain Graeme Smith early for 7 as he could only edge an attempted big heave to wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin off of Corey Collymore. That brought together Kallis and De Villiers who took off, launching boundaries with ease.

De Villiers reached his half-century with a towering six over long-on shortly after the home side had wasted two opportunities to run him out.

Kallis was eventually dismissed for 81, bowled attempting to hit Chris Gayle over cover. De Villiers went on to record his maiden one-day century, which included 9 fours and that six.

De Villier's breathtaking innings came to an end when he looped a catch to fine leg having made 146 from 130 balls. Shivnarine Chanderpaul took a simple catch to give Collymore his second wicket.

That brought together Gibbs (61 not out from 40 balls) and Boucher (52 from 23), and with Lara taking his third power play with 6 overs remaining, both men reached their fifties with sixes as the West Indians were taken apart.

John Pennington
© Cricket World 2007

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