South Africa Comprehensively Win Opener
South Africa 279-8 (de Villiers 81, Miller 70) beat
West Indies 164 (Steyn 3-27) by 61 runs (D/L)
First One-Day International, Durban
South Africa dominated most of the first One-Day International against the West Indies in Durban and won it comfortably by 61 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method in the end.
After a lengthy break, their innings was closed and the West Indies were set a revised target of 226 to win in 32 overs.
Choosing to bat first, South Africa lost Rilee Rossouw and Faf du Plessis without scoring to Jerome Taylor before Amla (66), de Villiers (81) and Miller (70) revived the innings.
Amla and de Villiers added 99 for the third wicket before de Villiers and Miller added another 123 for the fourth.
The West Indies launched something of a comeback with Jason Holder removing Miller and Andre Russell dismissing JP Duminy for 12, Philander for four and running out Farhaan Behardien for 12.
Then the rain arrived and the calculation set the West Indies 226 to win in 33 overs and they were looking well set with Chris Gayle blasting his way to 41 in 24 balls.
However, he could not repeat the heroics of the first two Twenty20 Internationals and fell in the sixth over and the West Indies lost their way after that against some excellent South African bowling.
Steyn dismissed Gayle, Holder (2) and Taylor (2) to return three for 27, Philander (3-43) saw off Leon Johnson (0), Darren Sammy (4) and Russell (19) and leg-spinner Tahir (3-30) removed Dwayne Smith for 29, Denesh Ramdin for 31 and Jonathan Carter for 17.
Marlon Samuels was run out for 11.
The second game in the series is in Johannesburg on Sunday (18th January).
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