Roseau (Dominica): Morne Morkel and Charl Langeveldt shared seven wickets to bowl South Africa to a 67-run victory over West Indies in the third One-Day International.
Morkel captured an ODI career-best four for 21 runs from seven overs on Friday and Langeveldt took three for 30 from the same number of overs, as the South Africans successfully defended a target of 224 to win the match at Windsor Park with 72 balls to spare.
Morkel formalised the result, when Ravi Rampaul essayed an indescribable off-side stroke, and skied the ball to deep extra cover, where Johan Botha held a fine catch running backwards.
The victory gave the Proteas an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
“It is fantastic to have won the first three games of the series, since series wins are always important,” said South Africa captain Graeme Smith.
“We needed to bounce back (following the ICC World Twenty20), and we did.
“We knew the pitch had a bit in it, although it was a little two-paced. We felt if our bowlers hit the deck hard, we could get some life out of it.”
A resolute 70 from AB de Villiers anchored the South Africans to a respectable 224 all out in 47.2 overs, after they won the toss, and elected to bat on another belter of a pitch.
De Villiers struck just two fours and one six from 80 balls, as the Proteas' batting stumbled for the first time in the series. South Africa's bowlers then made sure their limp batting performance did not lead to a terminal meltdown, and diligently worked their way through the brittle West Indies batting. Langeveldt started the rout, when he had Gayle caught at slip for 16 in the sixth over, and Morkel kept up the pressure. — AFP
South Africa: H. Amla b Benn 34, G. Smith lbw b D.J. Bravo 29, J. Kallis c Sammy b Benn 31, A. de Villiers (run out) 70, A. Petersen b Pollard 16, D. Miller c Ramdin b Taylor 5, J. Botha c & b D.J. Bravo 18, R. McLaren c Richards b Pollard 5, D. Steyn b Rampaul 0, M. Morkel c D.M. Bravo b Pollard 14, C. Langeveldt (not out) 0; Extras (lb-2): 2. Total (in 47.2 overs): 224.
Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-91, 3-113, 4-153, 5-162, 5-197, 6-206, 7-207, 8-207, 9-223.
West Indies bowling: Taylor 8-0-39-1, Rampaul 10-0-45-1, Benn 10-0-43-2, D.J. Bravo 8.2-0-40-2, Sammy 5-0-28-0, Pollard 6-1-27-3.
West Indies: C. Gayle c Kallis b Langevelt 16, D. Richards c Kallis b Morkel 28, S. Chanderpaul c de Villiers b Kallis 24, D.M. Bravo lbw b Morkel 1, D.J. Bravo c de Villiers b Steyn 13, K. Pollard c Petersen b Langeveldt 10, D. Sammy c de Villiers b Langeveldt 14, D. Ramdin (not out) 15, J. Taylor (run out) 0, S. Benn c McLaren b Morkel 17, R. Rampaul c Botha b Morkel 7; Extras (b-4, lb-3, w-5): 12. Total (in 38 overs): 157.
Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-59, 3-63, 4-87, 5-93, 6-116, 7-118, 8-118, 9-147.
South Africa bowling: Steyn 7-1-19-1, Langeveldt 7-0-30-3, McLaren 5-0-34-0, Morkel 7-0-21-4, Botha 6-0-29-0, Kallis 6-0-17-1 .