West Indies v South Africa, 1st ODI, Antigua May 22, 2010

South Africa continue success with 66-run win

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill
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50 overs: South Africa 280 for 7 (Amla 102, de Villiers 102, Bravo 3-40) v West Indies 215 (Gayle 45, McLaren 2-37)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

South Africa carried their Twenty20 success into the one-day series with a 66-run win over West Indies in the first game at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in Antigua. The victory was set up by twin hundreds from Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers - de Villiers reaching his third consecutive ODI hundred and fourth in six innings - as they added 129 together for the third wicket and registered identical scores of 102 to take the visitors to 280 for 7 after being put in by Chris Gayle. It was a familiar story as West Indies set about their chase in fits and starts, dominating for short periods but losing wickets regularly as they were bowled out for 215 in the 45th over. South Africa put in a team effort in the field, with every bowler except Jacques Kallis picking up at least one wicket.

It had been feared that the wicket would once again play inconsistently to favour the bowlers, but Amla, back in the side and opening the batting with his captain, played with the class and wristy flair that has already become his signature to race to a fluent hundred. He got going with a flowing punch-drive through point in the first over, and he and Graeme Smith had taken South Africa smoothly to 43 when the rain that had delayed the start returned in the sixth over.

The break shortened South Africa's innings by two overs, but did Amla's concentration no harm, and he was straight back into the groove with a crisply-driven boundary off Rampaul. Smith had also looked more at ease at the crease than he has been for quite some time, until Dwayne Bravo found the perfect line with his fifth ball to find the edge of his bat. Bravo was at it again in his second over, as Kallis flashed hard at a short ball outside off stump that gripped and bounced more than he had expected, and the uppercut arced straight to third man.

South Africa were 57 for 2 at that stage, and in danger of squandering what had been a flowing start. But Amla and de Villiers weathered the West Indian fightback - with a little luck as the odd ball nipped past the edge or flew wide of a catching fielder - and steadily seized the momentum back for the visitors. West Indies were not helped by the inability of the bowlers to land six balls in a row on the mark, and whenever pressure began to build it was soon released with a loose delivery down the leg side, or width outside off.

Amla went to a composed century with his umpteenth dab to third man in the 33rd over, but soon after had his stumps splayed by a ball from Rampaul that landed on a length and kept a little low. Amla stayed back when he should have been forward, and was dismissed after his first real error of the day.

With his departure, de Villiers stepped up a gear, pulling Narsingh Deonarine to deep midwicket and swiping him high over square leg to take 13 from his solitary over and move into the 80s. After once again being targeted with a barrage of bouncers - including one that struck him on the grille to leave him lying dazed in the crease - JP Duminy was bowled giving himself too much room to Rampaul shortly after the batting Powerplay was called.

De Villiers went to the second century of the innings with a slug to long on and a large total loomed, but West Indies stepped up their game in the closing overs to peg South Africa back with regular wickets. David Miller biffed away merrily amid the wickets to finish unbeaten on 23 and ensure South Africa reached a competitive total.

West Indies came out facing a revised target of 282 in 48 overs, but Andre Fletcher failed once again, helplessly edging a searing Steyn outswinger to Kallis at second slip. Gayle and Bravo immediately launched a counterattack and for a brief time they found the boundary at will with a succession of authoritative strokes, adding 40 in under five overs to fluster the normally slick South African fielders. Gayle was dropped twice before an overly-optimistic swish outside off stump saw Bravo dismissed for 15, and the spell was broken.

Gayle, though, was determined to go down swinging, collecting five more boundaries - including three marvellous strikes in one over from Morne Morkel - before he fell for 45, Morkel getting his revenge as Gayle top-edged a massive swipe to leg to be well caught by Johan Botha at midwicket.

West Indies were 69 for 3 in the 13th over with that wicket, the required run-rate climbing steadily thereafter as Ramnaresh Sarwan and Narsingh Deonarine struggled to impose themselves on South Africa's bowlers. They added 61 - the highest partnership of the innings - at slightly more than four runs to the over, but, after playing themselves in, then fell within three overs of each other to place a great deal of pressure on the hosts' lower middle order.

Kieron Pollard kept hopes of a late fightback with his best international innings for some time as he reached 44 in quick time, his best shot a soaring straight six off Steyn. He also showed he is more than just a slogger with some intelligent batting to pick up boundaries all round the ground, but when he and Denesh Ramdin fell in consecutive overs with the required rate rocketing past 10-an-over, the result was as good as sealed.

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  • KeithHall on May 24, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    I endorse Metman's comments, these selectors should definitely be incarcerated for being imposters. If you're a selector in any sport you are supposed to possess some modicum of knowledge in that sport. Butts and company I'm afraid, are the main contributing factors to the continued failure of The West Indies team, due to their inability to understand cricket and the selection process. THEY MUST GO, AND VERY SOON.

  • rsbs on May 23, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE SOME BODY HELP WEST INDIES CRICKET,STOP BLAMING THE PLAYERS,WE MUST START FROM THE BOTTOM, WE MUST FIX OUR SCHOOL CRICKET,OUR LOCAL LEAGUES,OUR SUB REGIONAL LEAGUES AND OUR REGIONAL LEAGUES , MUST HAVE THE RITE PERSONS IN THE RITE PLACES, eg. LEEWARD ISLANDS CONTINUE FOR YEARS WITH A COACH WHO HAS NO SUCCESS IN THE SUBREGINOAL TOURNAMENTS BUT FOR A NUMBERS OF YEARS HE IS THE COACH OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS, WHEN LEEWARDS WAS STRONG AND WINNING TOURNAMENTS WEST INDIES CRICKET WAS ON TOP, PLEASE, LEEWARD ISLANDS YOU TO CAN START TO HELP BY CHANGING THE COACH, THE LEEWARS BOARD ARE DOING THE SAME THING AS WEST INDIES SELECTORS,PLAYERS FIALING BUT ARE STILL SELECTED, COACHES FAIL STILL GIVEN THE JOB,

  • cricketman96 on May 23, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    once again the failure of the WI team in yesterday's ODI hurts.but i refuse to join the bandwagon of critics calling for wholesale change in the team.we all want to give young players a chance , but the moment they fail we are asking for their head on a silver platter.give the likes of fletcher,barath, simmons, bravo, smith and dowlin a chance. let them gain the international exposure and experince that is so vital.these players,in due time, will form the nucleus of tomorrows team.despite the lack of success in recent internation contest, i refuse to give up on my boys.Go WI. We will rise again.

  • hazeltine on May 23, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    When the South Africans could not score boundaries, they pushed hard for singles and and as a result, Amla and De Villiers got their centuries in good times. When Gayle and company could not hit boundaries they remained scoreless because they did not have a clue on how to push singles and twos. When in the field, the visitors bowled a good length making it difficult to score and fielded well. WInides bowled utter rubbish and fielded in that manner. Will Gayle or Gibson PUBLICLY RAISE THESE ISSUES WHEN INTERVIEWED? NO. WInides will continue to lose because the captain and his team have NO INTEREST in trying to develop their cricketing skills and would only start abusing anyone who told them to their face that they should.

  • RahulSharma5 on May 23, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    Hashim Amla seems to be improving day by day in international cricket. I just love when Ab De Villiers gets going, he is the best player after Jacques Kallis for South Africa, after giving him an added responsibility of Wicket-Keeping South Africa can get a good option to fill up an extra batsman, bowler or an all-rounder which is an added advantage for the team.

  • Metman on May 23, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    Rampath ..,Ryan Hinds is younger than Chris Gayle,younger than Marlon Samuels ,younger than Travis Dowlin ,younger than Brendon Nash and performs for Barbados year in and year out.They say he is not committed to W.I. cricket.So too is Sarwan.Since he was relieved of the captaincy to Chris Gayle,he has been sulking and performing only to keep his place.The same happened when the Guyanese replaced him with Chanders for the Guyana team.He showed ill feelings towards Chanders for a while until the Guyana selectors gave it back to him.Dwayne Smith should be in any T20 or ODI squad.He is a three dimensional cricketer.The thing is that he plays for his team ,and tries to go after bowling as soon as he gets to the wicket,unlike some others who play for themselves first,and then the team afterwards.

  • sinxad on May 23, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    I think South Africa is doing more harm then good by not dropping J.P.how many failures can he handle before he cracks.Congrats to Amla and AB they seem to really enjoy betting together in ODI.correct me if im wrong but did Amla just become the fastest South African to score a 1000 runs (25 matches,24 innings) in ODI.not counting KP lol.i feel sorry for W.I dont they see its the perfect time and chance to stand up and be an icon for W.I cricket or maybe they just dont aim that high or is money in the bank is enough for them not that there is anything wrong with it,its just every sportsman wants to be remembered for what they did on the field.thanxs.

  • on May 23, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    I Love Hashim Amla .. He is one of best cricket batsman that i ever seen .. Thanks for making a wonderful hundred ..South Africa should have changed T20 World Cup ..

  • Metman on May 23, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    Some people keep calling for William Perkins.You mean replace Fletcher with Perkins?Both should never represent the W.I. in any form of cricket again.Look,Perkins was dropped from the TT team and replaced by Barath and Guillen for very poor performances.Can you imagine Fletcher opening for the W.I.in a T20 in the W.I.?in the year 2010?Again blame the Selectors.They included him in the 14,now they have included him in the A team to England and Ireland.Only those numbskulls can see the enormous talent that Fletcher possesses,and he failed again yesterday.As I said before you all should be in a cricket jail,with no possibility whatsoever of parole.Look,do the W.I.public a favour,RESIGN NUH!

  • on May 23, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    I think we would all like to know what happened to Albie??? is he being rested or dropped? he was the only ray of sunshine in the T20WC. If only we did not have to pick players for colour we could play Boucher for Duminy as he needs to go back to domestic cricket to try find some from and work out how to play the short ball, no doubt about his talent but he is just not good enough at the moment. Miller is great to watch but another lefty so another reason why Boucher should be in for Duminy. I like McLaren he reminds me of Andrew Hall and i think given the chance will grow to be a man for all occasions, u need a guy like that in the team that has a big heart just ask the Windies they could do with a few!

  • KeithHall on May 24, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    I endorse Metman's comments, these selectors should definitely be incarcerated for being imposters. If you're a selector in any sport you are supposed to possess some modicum of knowledge in that sport. Butts and company I'm afraid, are the main contributing factors to the continued failure of The West Indies team, due to their inability to understand cricket and the selection process. THEY MUST GO, AND VERY SOON.

  • rsbs on May 23, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE SOME BODY HELP WEST INDIES CRICKET,STOP BLAMING THE PLAYERS,WE MUST START FROM THE BOTTOM, WE MUST FIX OUR SCHOOL CRICKET,OUR LOCAL LEAGUES,OUR SUB REGIONAL LEAGUES AND OUR REGIONAL LEAGUES , MUST HAVE THE RITE PERSONS IN THE RITE PLACES, eg. LEEWARD ISLANDS CONTINUE FOR YEARS WITH A COACH WHO HAS NO SUCCESS IN THE SUBREGINOAL TOURNAMENTS BUT FOR A NUMBERS OF YEARS HE IS THE COACH OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS, WHEN LEEWARDS WAS STRONG AND WINNING TOURNAMENTS WEST INDIES CRICKET WAS ON TOP, PLEASE, LEEWARD ISLANDS YOU TO CAN START TO HELP BY CHANGING THE COACH, THE LEEWARS BOARD ARE DOING THE SAME THING AS WEST INDIES SELECTORS,PLAYERS FIALING BUT ARE STILL SELECTED, COACHES FAIL STILL GIVEN THE JOB,

  • cricketman96 on May 23, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    once again the failure of the WI team in yesterday's ODI hurts.but i refuse to join the bandwagon of critics calling for wholesale change in the team.we all want to give young players a chance , but the moment they fail we are asking for their head on a silver platter.give the likes of fletcher,barath, simmons, bravo, smith and dowlin a chance. let them gain the international exposure and experince that is so vital.these players,in due time, will form the nucleus of tomorrows team.despite the lack of success in recent internation contest, i refuse to give up on my boys.Go WI. We will rise again.

  • hazeltine on May 23, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    When the South Africans could not score boundaries, they pushed hard for singles and and as a result, Amla and De Villiers got their centuries in good times. When Gayle and company could not hit boundaries they remained scoreless because they did not have a clue on how to push singles and twos. When in the field, the visitors bowled a good length making it difficult to score and fielded well. WInides bowled utter rubbish and fielded in that manner. Will Gayle or Gibson PUBLICLY RAISE THESE ISSUES WHEN INTERVIEWED? NO. WInides will continue to lose because the captain and his team have NO INTEREST in trying to develop their cricketing skills and would only start abusing anyone who told them to their face that they should.

  • RahulSharma5 on May 23, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    Hashim Amla seems to be improving day by day in international cricket. I just love when Ab De Villiers gets going, he is the best player after Jacques Kallis for South Africa, after giving him an added responsibility of Wicket-Keeping South Africa can get a good option to fill up an extra batsman, bowler or an all-rounder which is an added advantage for the team.

  • Metman on May 23, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    Rampath ..,Ryan Hinds is younger than Chris Gayle,younger than Marlon Samuels ,younger than Travis Dowlin ,younger than Brendon Nash and performs for Barbados year in and year out.They say he is not committed to W.I. cricket.So too is Sarwan.Since he was relieved of the captaincy to Chris Gayle,he has been sulking and performing only to keep his place.The same happened when the Guyanese replaced him with Chanders for the Guyana team.He showed ill feelings towards Chanders for a while until the Guyana selectors gave it back to him.Dwayne Smith should be in any T20 or ODI squad.He is a three dimensional cricketer.The thing is that he plays for his team ,and tries to go after bowling as soon as he gets to the wicket,unlike some others who play for themselves first,and then the team afterwards.

  • sinxad on May 23, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    I think South Africa is doing more harm then good by not dropping J.P.how many failures can he handle before he cracks.Congrats to Amla and AB they seem to really enjoy betting together in ODI.correct me if im wrong but did Amla just become the fastest South African to score a 1000 runs (25 matches,24 innings) in ODI.not counting KP lol.i feel sorry for W.I dont they see its the perfect time and chance to stand up and be an icon for W.I cricket or maybe they just dont aim that high or is money in the bank is enough for them not that there is anything wrong with it,its just every sportsman wants to be remembered for what they did on the field.thanxs.

  • on May 23, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    I Love Hashim Amla .. He is one of best cricket batsman that i ever seen .. Thanks for making a wonderful hundred ..South Africa should have changed T20 World Cup ..

  • Metman on May 23, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    Some people keep calling for William Perkins.You mean replace Fletcher with Perkins?Both should never represent the W.I. in any form of cricket again.Look,Perkins was dropped from the TT team and replaced by Barath and Guillen for very poor performances.Can you imagine Fletcher opening for the W.I.in a T20 in the W.I.?in the year 2010?Again blame the Selectors.They included him in the 14,now they have included him in the A team to England and Ireland.Only those numbskulls can see the enormous talent that Fletcher possesses,and he failed again yesterday.As I said before you all should be in a cricket jail,with no possibility whatsoever of parole.Look,do the W.I.public a favour,RESIGN NUH!

  • on May 23, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    I think we would all like to know what happened to Albie??? is he being rested or dropped? he was the only ray of sunshine in the T20WC. If only we did not have to pick players for colour we could play Boucher for Duminy as he needs to go back to domestic cricket to try find some from and work out how to play the short ball, no doubt about his talent but he is just not good enough at the moment. Miller is great to watch but another lefty so another reason why Boucher should be in for Duminy. I like McLaren he reminds me of Andrew Hall and i think given the chance will grow to be a man for all occasions, u need a guy like that in the team that has a big heart just ask the Windies they could do with a few!

  • ranpath on May 23, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    Smith ?Please, the guy has been tried and has repeatedly failed. The same can be said for Fletcher who has been picked for the team ahead of Simmons !!!! Meanwhile apparently Miller and Benn seem to be the two best spinners in the caribbean ? No way. Hinds - Ryan or wavell - while both men perform in REGIONAL competition I am afraid they are past their best for international. Plus there is the age factor. it may be better to start picking young players, who may fail initially, but allowed to develop over time will prosper. Which reminds me, I always thought that the A team was to be the breeding ground for young talent yet I saw 30-something B nash played for them erecntly !!! Advice to selectors - forget the current crop of clowns and focus on the under 19 players.

  • ayu99 on May 23, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    It is gud 2 see SA winning. I congratulate SA and Hashim Amla and AB De Villiers for thier wonderful centuries and Ryan Mclaren for his 2-37.

  • Shafaet on May 23, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    why south africa aint bringing more changes? why they are not selecting the next generation of players who believe they can win an icc trophy. the current team will continue to rule in non-icc tournament, but in real fight they will run. As a programmer i love to solve problems in Online Judge but what really valuable to me is to win an international programming contest. same thing apply here. When i see my current strategy is helping me to solve online judge problems but i am doing poor in contests i change my strategies. why south africa aint doing that?

  • on May 23, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    West Indies team just gives me headaches. The only thing i do presently to console my self is keep believing in my vision i.e.(By the year 2022 West Indies will be the number one team in the world in all formats of the game). If not there will be no West Indies team but a Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados etc. This present generation of players need to retire first then perhaps we will make great progress. My Grandfather is 88 now and plays hard ball cricket with us sometimes. Due to his bad knees he usually has a runner when he is batting. My word even though his lens is abt1' thick the power strokes he plays and the position he get into for each delivery is better than almost all the West Indian cricketers like Fletcher, Ramdin etc. Perhaps if I stop pulling bouncers on my front foot, stop cutting at ever delivery to my offside and start playing some onside strokes i stand me in good stead to make West Indies team. Hey Chris look out for me! Jacobus wake up,wake up!

  • SolFish on May 23, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    We have 3 blind men running cricket in the WI, who refuses to see a qualified optician, and get their prescription changed, there is talent in the WI, but these selectors are trying to live their failures through other failures, Clyde Butts and his sidekick were unable to make a WI team, so in essence what they are trying to do is select players who are unable to make a WI team, or even their own team as with Xavier Marshall, refuses to consider Ryan Hinds even though he performs for Barbados year after year, and is the best allrounder in the WI, what we need is a Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards, or Andy Roberts style leadership, at the top, these 3 blind men who currently runs WI cricket need to do the right thing and resign forthwith, they have no clue as to how to take WI cricket back to the top of the world. The blind cannot continue leading the blind.

  • on May 23, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    Where is Devon Smith,Darren Bravo Lendl Simmons? Why are we continuing with Fletcher is there a record he have to accomplish before we dash him away?I don't want to see another West Indies line up with these same recycled batsmen...

  • thechronic on May 23, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    west indies team has the best individual talent and the best players for any format of the game,yet the captaincy is poor and the squad selection is also pathetic,adrian barath definitely should have been chosen for both the 2020 world cup as well as the south africa tour of west indies series,either andre fletcher should have been replaced by the likes of wiliam perkins or lendl simmons,and deonarine be replaced by adrian barath,it would hve helped if fidel edwards was playing.

  • AMowlana on May 23, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    S. Africa can go back home with a black-wash and compensate their fans for their T20 W.cup failure . I am a Sri Lankan, but my love and interest for cricket grew prfoundly because of the brand of cricket the Lloyds, Richards, the Garners produced. It is unholy to compare these great names with the present windies team which in the last decade or so has become cricket's punching bag for all other teams. The sad part is even the youngsters demonstrate failures. Flashes of talent is evident, but clearly lack the commitment, patience and cricketing brains of the Husseys, or in this series compare how Divilliers and Amla buid-up their innings. When will this team ever learn. The WICB and the team need to be dismantled,suspended windies cricket. Set up a WICB pvt Ltd and the windies team on a performance based incentive scheme(no salary no IPL contracts, until they win a series with Aust. Make them desperate for wins. I dont see that now.

  • asiba on May 23, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    not only fletcher -THE WHOLE TEAM SHOULD GO--------BRING THE BOYS FROM THE YOUTH BRIDGADE-------ALONNG WITH THE BRAVOS-----I WANT A COMPLETELY NEW TEAM !

  • Captain_Reddog on May 23, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    no opinion/comment on de villiers keeping...obviously a good bat when he is on song but was he and is he good enough to replace boucher?

  • Proteas_Supporter on May 23, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    Good to see sa winning quite comprehensively. amla and devilliers batted beautifully. the problem for sa is the bowling combination. mclaren is not at all a good batsman but he is considered as an all rounder. thats a foolish thing. i accept the replacement of parnell to tsotsobe bcoz both are left handers. you need to bring back vander merwe or albie morkel or boucher for mclaren. you saw what happened to de villiers. he got cramps while batting. he is one of the best players in that line up. why do you insist him to keep wkts. its unfair. also smith is struggling to maintain the over rate. bringing a spinner will solve the problem or use duminy more. for west indies its not going to be easy in this tour. they ve got the potential but some how the are under performing. everything is in gayle's shoulder similar to what lara underwent when he was in the team. you need batsman to stand up and deliver the goods and should not expect one batsman to win for you. cricket is an team game.

  • crictonite on May 23, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    For three straight matches now, Chris Gayle has won the toss and chosen to field. Get a clue, will you? You can't chase!

  • olepolice on May 23, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    Wel i have to laugh , the selectors got what they asked for! what does it say to players like Simmons, Bernard, Perkins , Devon Thomas etc that Fletcher and Deonarine are still not dropped . Deonarine is one for the tests , he is too slow for limited overs and 2020 , and well Fletcher has to re - tool his game , Butts and company are talking nonsense when saying that Baugh Simmons have already been given chances , the fact is players must know that when they fail they would be replaced , we are in a situation which dictates that players feel uncomfortable with their places , that is why we see so many spineless displays . i fed up with the Selectors !!!

  • on May 23, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    I'm tired of hearing Gayle berate other batsmen when he isn't performing, neither is his captaincy working. Why the hell is Fletcher still in the squad, let alone team after that horrible tournament? Despite Barath and Chanders being injured, surely those returning from the Bangladesh tour deserve a squad. Simmons is performing in T&T. Hell, I'm sure there are high school kids who will try harder on the field than fletcher.

  • ARJa on May 23, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    West Indies don't really have enough quality resources even if they want to change. It was very clear that both Sarwan and Deonarine are not upto scratch. They can't play the big hit and are terribly slow in the middle order. The number of dot balls they placed made it too difficult to the lower order, and Chris Gayle was always trying to do the work for the batsmen from both ends. Pollard will never develop until he have a long run in test cricket. He can hit the ball big. But so could Ricardo Powell and Dwayne Smith, and look where they ended up. Even if Jerome Taylor is struggling, there is no suitable replacement. And I have to say this, but if they are really looking for a keeper who bats, they should move away from Fletcher and Ramdin, and give Carlton Baugh or Patrick Browne another shot. There wicketkeeping isn't great, but at the moment it is not like West Indies are getting much to do behind the wicket, with the line and length they are bowling.Can't see any recovery from WI.

  • boris6491 on May 23, 2010, 2:36 GMT

    Great to see two fine players put together fine innings. I think Amla is being fed up of being billeted as a test player and he showed today he could keep the pace going and score at near to a run a ball. He is a quality cricketer, reliable and probably the most consistent batsman in that South African team after Kallis. WI need to axe Fletcher, he is adding no value to their side and there are surely better players waiting in the wings a la Adrian Barath and Darren Bravo. He could have been playing due to Chanderpaul's absence though. Despite his poor form, Chanderpaul's absence hurts WI from a mental perspective. The quicker he regains fitness, the better it will be for them. WI need to sort out their batting though. Again, this game proved how much they depend on Gayle and the fact that without a major contribution from him, the batting cannot carry itself. Dwayne Bravo needs to step up to buoy the middle order.

  • VisBal on May 23, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    Replace Fletcher with Barath. At least Barath knows how to build an innings. When you have a mercurial opener like Gayle, you need someone cool and steady to bat with him. And where is Chanders???

  • Hiteshdevilliers on May 22, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    I love AB De Villiers!!!!!!!!!! He is my favorite player!!!

  • Ethel on May 22, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    You might call them the selectors the 3 blind mice but where i come from we might call them the three JACKASSES....a donkey is a very stupid animal. So, should i expect any thing better? No, of course not! Every one us, including FLECHER and RAMDIN know that they are failing misserable except the " THREE". Jackasses take your blinders off!!!!!

  • samanta on May 22, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    Why is Fletcher still on the WI Team he is not doing nothing. I am sure the can fine some other player to play. And why the WI sending in South Africa in the bat it is not working so the should bat first for a change. I am sick of them losing

  • bugsnspikes on May 22, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    One day cricket is back baby! and this is how you kick a$$ ...well played SA. (Oh ...am an Indian by the way)

  • Saim93 on May 22, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    I wonder when West Indies' ODI drought will end. Its been a while since they have won against serious opposition which is a shame as they have unlimited potential to be a serious team. The Twenty20 should have been theirs for the taking but they didn't capitalize.

  • on May 22, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    this is getting absolutely ridiculous.how many times does Andre Fletcher have to fail for them to axe him? every time he steps out on the field we are effectively playing with ten men. there needs to be an investigation into why the selectors keep picking him. i think something fishy is going on in west indies cricket and we the supporters need to demand much more from the administrators.where is Brendan Nash? Where is adrian barath? why Andre Fletcher ? i am absolutely fed up!!!!

  • on May 22, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    now thats the way amla. need to get ingram in n it seems like sa can do well in wc next year.amla loves india odi average above 50. test average almost 49 ranked no.2 in test batting. sa needs some good spin esp.in tests.duminy needs some time at provincial level.in this form im sure another batsman can do a better job all the beswt

  • on May 22, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    The same team and the same old story already everbody know the story SA will win the one day and test only.

  • AdityaMookerjee on May 22, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    South Africa have by far the better bowers, though on a sticky wicket, which just becomes more unpredictible on account of it being sticky, the advantage which a side has because of better bowlers, is diminished, to a great extent. However, facing the South African bowlers, for the West Indians, will be more of a courageous act, than it will be for the South African batsmen facing the West Indian bowlers. A batting side, facing the South African bowlers on an unpredictable wicket, may be circumspect, and hesitant, on account of the bowlers reputations. The batsmen may be more courageous, if they have had reasonable previous outings against the bowlers. I would say, South Africa are overwhelming favorites.

  • on May 22, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    hope windies win :) and why do i have to enter a minimum of 25 characters to post here ? :S

  • CiMP on May 22, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    England, India, Sri Lanka had done well by outsourcing coaching to foreign nationals . How about West Indies outsourcing team selection to an International group of three or five? The politics and performance of the once glorious West Indies is indeed painfully pathetic.

  • santhoshkudva on May 22, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    where are lendl simmons, suleimann benn and sherwin ganga?

  • Adiboss on May 22, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    I would love to see Darren Bravo and Adrian Barath come into this West Indian side ... They are the future of west indian cricket

  • on May 22, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    Is it a one day match going on there? Just watching it in on my TV here in India- the ground and stands are soo damn empty- looks like 2 school teams are playing with each other? Why dun they ask them to play here in India- Mr. Modi can assure them there will be more crowds to watch them, n of course- more advertisements for their finances and revenues.......lol

  • on May 22, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Why is Chanders sitting out??? by the way does anyone know the date Samuels will be back in action???? hope Windies win this????

  • SolFish on May 22, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Don't worry the WI selectors, should be labeled the 3 blind mice, here as usual they cannot help rewarding failure, and we wonder why WI cricket is going nowhere, when we mention Ryan Hinds, or Dwayne Smith, we are labeled insular, Fletcher did noting against Aussies, nothing against Zimbabwe, nothing in the World Cup, but still holds his place, Smith and Pollard were the only performers against the Aussies, he's gone, as I said before, runs and wickets count for naught in the Caribbean, selections are based on favoritism and politics, nothing else. Until we get some sensible selectors instead of past failures running WI cricket, we will forever languish at the bottom.

  • rsbs on May 22, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    well West Indies are really crazy,Fletcher again? my God we must loose again.

  • on May 22, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Again Andre Fletcher! what is going on there?

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  • on May 22, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Again Andre Fletcher! what is going on there?

  • rsbs on May 22, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    well West Indies are really crazy,Fletcher again? my God we must loose again.

  • SolFish on May 22, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Don't worry the WI selectors, should be labeled the 3 blind mice, here as usual they cannot help rewarding failure, and we wonder why WI cricket is going nowhere, when we mention Ryan Hinds, or Dwayne Smith, we are labeled insular, Fletcher did noting against Aussies, nothing against Zimbabwe, nothing in the World Cup, but still holds his place, Smith and Pollard were the only performers against the Aussies, he's gone, as I said before, runs and wickets count for naught in the Caribbean, selections are based on favoritism and politics, nothing else. Until we get some sensible selectors instead of past failures running WI cricket, we will forever languish at the bottom.

  • on May 22, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Why is Chanders sitting out??? by the way does anyone know the date Samuels will be back in action???? hope Windies win this????

  • on May 22, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    Is it a one day match going on there? Just watching it in on my TV here in India- the ground and stands are soo damn empty- looks like 2 school teams are playing with each other? Why dun they ask them to play here in India- Mr. Modi can assure them there will be more crowds to watch them, n of course- more advertisements for their finances and revenues.......lol

  • Adiboss on May 22, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    I would love to see Darren Bravo and Adrian Barath come into this West Indian side ... They are the future of west indian cricket

  • santhoshkudva on May 22, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    where are lendl simmons, suleimann benn and sherwin ganga?

  • CiMP on May 22, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    England, India, Sri Lanka had done well by outsourcing coaching to foreign nationals . How about West Indies outsourcing team selection to an International group of three or five? The politics and performance of the once glorious West Indies is indeed painfully pathetic.

  • on May 22, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    hope windies win :) and why do i have to enter a minimum of 25 characters to post here ? :S

  • AdityaMookerjee on May 22, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    South Africa have by far the better bowers, though on a sticky wicket, which just becomes more unpredictible on account of it being sticky, the advantage which a side has because of better bowlers, is diminished, to a great extent. However, facing the South African bowlers, for the West Indians, will be more of a courageous act, than it will be for the South African batsmen facing the West Indian bowlers. A batting side, facing the South African bowlers on an unpredictable wicket, may be circumspect, and hesitant, on account of the bowlers reputations. The batsmen may be more courageous, if they have had reasonable previous outings against the bowlers. I would say, South Africa are overwhelming favorites.