WI hammered- South Africa claim series 4-1 with big win
CENTURION, South Africa (CMC):
West Indies ended their tour of South Africa on the same miserable note on which they started, slumping to a deflating 131-run defeat in the fifth and final one-day international yesterday.
Chasing a mammoth 362 for victory in a match reduced to 42 overs per side because of rain which delayed the start, the Windies always faced an enormous task and despite a few fireworks, collapsed to 230 all out off 37.4 overs at SuperSport Park, to concede the series 4-1.
Marlon Samuels top scored with exactly 50, Narsingh Deonarine chipped in with 43, while Denesh Ramdin got 40 and Dwayne Smith, 31.
However, none of the Windies batsmen carried on for the big score needed as seamer Wayne Parnell snapped up four for 42 to keep South Africa on top. Pacer Kyle Abbott finished with two for 59.
Sent in, South Africa were propelled by superb hundreds from the unrelenting Hashim Amla, who stroked 133 off 105 deliveries and Rilee Rossouw, who smashed 132 off just 98 balls.
With the Proteas in a spot of bother at 59 for two in the 10th over, Amla and Rossouw combined in a scintillating record third-wicket stand of 247, to get their side up to 361 for five.
Such was their domination, the Proteas accelerated from a position of 150 for two after 27 overs to score 211 runs off the last 15 overs.
Amla struck 11 fours and six sixes to post his 19th one-day hundred, while Rossouw's second ODI century was punctuated by nine fours and eight sixes.
Amla finished the series with 413 runs at a phenomenal average of 206.5, to be voted Man-of-the-Series. He passed 50 every time he batted in the series.
West Indies then had a nightmare start when the badly out-of-form Chris Gayle wafted at the first ball of the innings - one adjudged a wide - and given out caught behind on review.
Deonarine and Smith were enterprising, adding 77 off 74 deliveries for the second wicket and taking West Indies along at over six runs an over.
Samuels struck the ball cleanly, hitting a four and four sixes off 47 balls, while Ramdin was good for a four and two sixes in his run-a-ball innings.
With the required run rate climbing to near 13 an over, Samuels improvised and paid the price, bowled by Abbott as he backed away to give himself room to hit through the off side in the 28th over. His wicket marked the end of the Windies resistance.