West Indies v South Africa, 1st ODI, Antigua

South Africa continue success with 66-run win

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill

May 22, 2010

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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)
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Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard celebrate the dismissal of Graeme Smith, West Indies v South Africa, 1st ODI, Antigua, May 22, 2010
Dwayne Bravo took the wickets of Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis early on, and returned to shatter Johan Botha's stumps, but West Indies fell well short in the first ODI © AFP
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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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Posted by 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.

Posted by 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,

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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 ..

Posted by 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!

Posted by   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!

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