West Indies fail in run chase
DURBAN, South Africa (CMC):
West Indies failed to negotiate a tricky run chase and lost the rain-hit opening one-day international against South Africa by 61 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method on Friday.
Needing to score at nearly seven runs an over to get a revised target of 229 off 33 overs, the West Indies faltered after an enterprising 51-run opening stand, to slump to 164 off 28.2 overs at Kingsmead.
Shotgun opener Chris Gayle blasted a typically swift top score of 41 off 24 deliveries, Denesh Ramdin hit 31 from 32 balls and Gayle's opening partner Dwayne Smith chipped in with 29 off 38 balls, but the Caribbean side lost their last nine wickets for 113 runs.
Fast bowler Vernon Philander was South Africa's leading bowler with three for 44 while leg-spinner Imran Tahir picked up two for 22.
Rain had earlier stymied South Africa's efforts to reach the 300-run mark, ending the innings on 279 for eight off 48.2 overs.
Captain AB de Villiers top scored with 81 off 94 balls.