Russell Wins It For West Indies
West Indies 266-9 (Samuels 68, Russell 64no) beat
South Africa 262-8 (Miller 130no) by one wicket
Fourth One-Day International, Port Elizabeth
Andre Russell cracked 64 not out in 40 balls to steer the West Indies to a one-wicket win over South Africa in the fourth One-Day International in Port Elizabeth.
His last-ditch heroics sealed a first win in an ODI for the West Indies over South Africa since 2006 and meant that David Miller's maiden ODI century earlier in the day was in vain.
Miller had struck an excellent unbeaten 130 to help the Proteas post 262 for eight.
The West Indies, despite half-centuries from Marlon Samuels (68) and Darren Sammy (51) looked to be heading for a fourth defeat in the series before Russell hit five fours and five sixes to guide his side home with nine balls to spare.
He hit Kyle Abbott for a four and a six early in the 49th over after he and Sheldon Cottrell had taken Aaron Phangiso for 17 runs in the 48th.
South Africa take a 3-1 series lead into the fifth and final game at Centurion on 28th January.
The West Indies won the toss and bowled well early on inducing Morne van Wyk (18), Rilee Rossouw (4), Faf du Plessis (4) and AB de Villiers (19) to edge behind where Denesh Ramdin took three catches and Sammy one to leave the Proteas at 76 for four.
Miller and JP Duminy, who made 43 in 68 balls, then added 90 together for the fifth wicket until Duminy was smartly caught and bowled by Sammy.
Miller converted his start into a three-figure score for the first time and went on to hit 11 fours and three sixes during his 133-ball innings.
Farhaan Behardien (12), Wayne Parnell (12) and Phangiso (0) fell towards the end of the innings as Jason Holder finished with four for 53.
Cottrell (2-39), Russell (1-60) and Sammy (1-46) were the other wicket-takers.
The West Indian run chase started poorly with Dayne Smith (0), Chris Gayle (10), Leon Johnson (18), Denesh Ramdin (5) and Jonathan Carter (3) all failing as they slumped to 73 for five.
Holding them together was Samuels, who hit five fours and two sixes and finally found support from Sammy, with whom he added 93 for the sixth wicket.
Sammy made 51 in 52 balls before he was caught by de Villiers off Parnell and when Samuels fell next, to Behardien, the West Indies were 189 for seven and their chances looked to have gone.
Russell had other ideas, however, and despite Holder (13) and Carlos Brathwaite (11) falling as South Africa kept themselves in the game, he finished off the game in free-hitting style.
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