West Indies v South Africa, 1st Test, Trinidad, 4th day June 13, 2010

South Africa complete crushing win


South Africa 352 and 206 for 4 dec (Smith 90, Benn 3-74) beat West Indies 102 and 293 (Gayle 73, Steyn 3-65) by 163 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

What was a rout on day three proved harder graft on day four as South Africa's bowlers, for the second time in as many days, worked their way through the West Indies line-up to deliver a comprehensive 163-run victory.

For West Indies fans, the past fifteen years has been a case of dragging positives out the wreckage of defeat and today only Chris Gayle, who resisted stoically for 73, and Dwayne Bravo emerged with much credit. While in charge of England's bowlers recently Ottis Gibson had twice watched South Africa denied by iron-willed resistance, but in his first Test as West Indies coach there were no heroics from the batting team.

Instead it was Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn, the most incisive new-ball pair in the world, who took the plaudits. Fast bowling has suffered under the torrent of lifeless pitches and endless cricket in recent times, but the South African pair gave the few spectators at the Queen's Park Oval memories of old as they efficiently chipped their way through the tired surface and West Indies' top-order.

Graeme Smith rewarded his bowlers with some rest when, on day three, he chose not to enforce the follow on and South Africa began the day by cautiously extending their lead to 456 before finally declaring after an hour this morning. It was an unnecessarily conservative effort first-up from the tourists but they still had more than enough time to complete their task.

Morkel was the man who did the damage early on in the first innings, and he picked up from where he left off immediately second time round, trapping Travis Dowlin in front with his first ball of the innings. It brought Brendan Nash to the crease, batting at least two places too high at No. 3. Nash had forged a Test career on nuggety defiance but in circumstances seemingly made for him, he was instead intent on swiping his way to glory. Inevitably, he was soon found out, pushing loosely outside off stump to give Steyn an early wicket.

At that stage it looked as though West Indies may fold quickly again, but Gayle found a willing partner in Shivnarine Chanderpaul and launched an entertaining counter-attack. Where in the first innings he tried to block and nurdle, this time round he reverted to his preferred see-ball-hit-ball method. There were some memorable shots as he raced to a half-century in 62 balls, none more so than a check-drive straight back over Morkel's head for six. Yet throughout there was the feeling he was West Indies' only hope. Gayle may well possess the broadest shoulders in the Test game but the burden of carrying this team must be taking its toll.

He could only watch on helplessly as Chanderpaul lost concentration and fenced aimlessly at Jacques Kallis to end a 55-run stand and the home team's best period of resistance. Thereafter South Africa steadily chizzled away as the game meandered to its inevitable result.

Paul Harris did his best Ashley Giles impression, offering little more than accuracy as Smith rotated his pace bowlers from the other end. Gayle's continued defiance lured optimistic West Indians into dreaming that he may be able to repeat his marathon hundred at Adelaide last year, but this time conditions were more testing and the task more futile.

Eventually Morkel landed the killer blow, removing him for the second time in the match. Gayle was pinned on the crease as he played around his front pad and, knowing his team's fortunes would depart with him, thought longingly about a referral before dragging himself off.

Narsingh Deonarine, who had also impressed in Australia, looked fraught throughout his stay here. His movements were exaggerated and edgy and after a couple of well-timed drives, he could not withstand a round-the-wicket attack from Steyn. Hanging on the back foot he played around a full ball to become another West Indian batsman trapped lbw.

It ended a useful stand with Bravo who, after surviving a close bat-pad shout, played with the exuberance and flair missing from his first innings. Having stroked his way to 49 he got embroiled, and eventually defeated, in a game of patience with Harris. Sticking with monastic commitment to a line outside leg stump, Harris frustrated Bravo and was eventually rewarded when Bravo chipped tamely to midwicket. Harris has a thoroughly unglamorous role in this side, holding up an end while Steyn and Morkel attack, but he did it well and deserved a reward.

As has so often been the case recently, West Indies were left looking to salvage little but pride from a hopeless situation. Instead Dinesh Ramdin gifted Lonwabo Tsotsobe a first Test wicket. While lacking the gifts of his senior colleagues, Tsotsobe was accurate and cut his fingers over the ball effectively to restrict all the batsmen he came up against and deserved some luck.

It was left to the spinning duo - Sulieman Benn and Shane Shillingford, who had done well earlier in the day to limit South Africa to 51 runs in 18.3 overs - to bring some cheer to the West Indies fans. The old ball had made survival easier and they batted merrily during a 66-run stand in almost 15 overs. Benn was finally undone by Alviro Petersen and Shillingford duly followed. Fittingly it was Steyn who finished the job, bowling Nelon Pascal off an inside edge to give South Africa their eighth successive victory over West Indies this tour.

Sahil Dutta is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • lingi on June 16, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    losing in dramatic fashion has become addictive for the west indies.they are more concern with the size of their diamond earings. the selectors should be fired for incompetence.also gayle lack the ability to captain effectively.the westindian players are not competing against their opponents but against themselves because to stay in the team you just have to make more runs than the highest run getter which is always a low total. point in case ramdin scoring 25 or so runs and looked good in comparison to the rest of the team.the west indies players attitudes are indifferent for a team that has the ability to lose so easily .they need to put up a fight moving forward

  • Michael on June 15, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    Selectors..are you reading these comments? Bring in Richards to open, Nash, Samuels, Baugh, Bernard, Taylor, Roach, Miller, Shillingford, Gayle, Bravo. That is our most experienced team right now. Cant blame the captain for the losses, he can only play the team given to him. Our coaches need to work a little harder on the mental attitude of the players. Come on Windies we are still behind you!

  • Rohan on June 14, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    It totally irks me that nobody in world cricket has any respect for WI cricket these days, yesterday Kallis and Steyn were absolutely fuming that any west indian player could dare to comfortably defend a ball from either of them let alone bang one for four........ I admire their personal beliefs in themselves and their abilities, we then had Harris, tsotbe and piertenson actually their chops in anticipation of cheap wickets to boost their averages n egos....... c'mon do selectors n players see this?...... no belief, no putting up the hand n be a hero. these days WI players get hit n go off, unlike ponting craked on elbow, white chopped, botha chopped n yet soldiered on.... not giving a iota away to a west indian... I say test them for heart n only then can they play..... I havent got time for cowards.... is that why nash never got in line ?

  • Michael on June 14, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    Our problem lies with the selectors. WHy they believe that Trinis must be on the team I dont know. Lets stop the foolishness now, we know Ganga cant even make the third eleven. Rampaul is a second squad bowler. Simmons has been tried , he is not really test material. Bravo is a class act but Daren needs more time on the "A" team to develop. Ramdin has a god father. Bring back Baugh and give him a run like they gave Ramdin. Samuels is a seasoned batsman and saying that he needs to work his way back in is stupidness as there is no more cricket until late this year- or next year. Roach is quick but needs coaching, he is fast and foolish.As an opener Richards might have made it but his age is against him so we should invest in a younger player. That should be Barath. Nash needs to be put down at 5 or 6. We also need an additional opener as i believe Gayle needs to drop down to 2 or 3. Honestly Sarwan is finished, so lets not look for his return.

  • Michael on June 14, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    Hey,selectors!In Barbados we dont want too see Rampaul( with an av. close to 100 runs per wicket by then) opening the bowling ya hear!We prefer to see Joel Garner opening the bowling from the Joel Garner end,with Andy Roberts from the other end.We dont want to see the flatfooted Gayle and the backfoot Dowlin either.We prefer Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes,with Viv Richards leading the team at no.3.,and I want Jeff Dujon behind the stumps too! Getting serious now , Chris Gayle lacks imagination,however,he is the best man to lead the team.None of the Bravos can handle real pace and the bouncing ball well.In Bridgetown will be the real test for them.The WI.need to call up Patrick Browne to replace Ramdin now.If the selectors can call up Andre Russel( whose claim to fame was a 100 against Ireland in a festival match 2 years ago) to the A team,then they should call Patrick Browne too.They also need to call up Pedro Collins,otherwise they would be beaten 3-0 in the series.

  • mahjut on June 14, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    }8[ I have lost the reason I started defending Harris (maybe becasue I feel he's zimbabwean really ... jejeje), I know he doesn't spin it much. Anyway, I have started so I'll finish: @dpkirkup who says, "someone should tell Harris that when you are called a spinner you have to be able to spin the ball". Well, Harris is actually described thus: "Slow left-arm orthodox" which I'm sure you'll admit, is a perfect description.

  • mahjut on June 14, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    @METMAN.....(and all the Harris detractors). Harris may not even be mediocre in your opinion but the fact is he as good as most spin bowlers out there: he has a better ave, better strike rate and an accumulative average that is faster moving downward than Benn (and in fact has only moved downward - Benn's upward). Swann (no# whatever in the world)'s ave only goes below 30 against BD and WI - vs SA (not rated highly for their playing of spin - by me anyway) it is a creditable 31 but nothing special. Daniel Vettori has a better average but a slightly worse SR. Even Shakib(who, like vettori and swann, seems a decent spinner)'s record is not much better. H Singh is the only one who's figures hold up but even then WI, NZ and Zim do help a little and and he bowls a LOT better at home. Harris may be a very poor spin bowler but, like his peers, he bleeds red.

  • Rohan on June 14, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    windies need to get the bsics right... select numbers 1-6 basmen a wicket keeper, 2 spinners & 2 fast bowlers or 1 spinner & 3 fast bowlers and from hence forth make adjustments to team on a like for like basis, replace a number 2 batsman with a no 2 bastman and a no 4 batsman witha no 4 batsman and so forth. dont award ppl on a seasonal basis dependent on who did well, that' why we ended up with Dowling batting 2 and Nash 3... there is no clarity in that if u lose lose with a proper structure. It cant be that Bravo is batting 5, which no 5 in WI history does he compare with? and i'm not talking glory days, my point is that even in this weakened state of wi cricket Bravo is not a territorial no 5.. how can he then be an international no 5? . get the team structure right and every west indian who plays cricket will know what positionin the west indies team he's aspiring to from 1 - 11 and that ppl will not be awarded positions for which they have no history.

  • Michael on June 14, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    I agree totally with CHESTNUTGREY!Imagine Rampaul going into the match with a bowling av. of 72 and saying that he was looking forward to bowling,and taking wickets in front of his home crowd?MY GOD!that is WI cricket in the year 2010! Look,that man aint get a fella out,and to make matters worst,Chris Gayle said that he might play the same team in St.Kitts.,LORD HAVE MERCY,SEND DOWN PERCY!this mans av.has now skyrocketed to a whopping 91.75

  • Michael on June 14, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    I said it already,and I will say it again!GANGA IN 2010 IS RUBBISH!Furthermore,the only Trinidadians deserving of a test play in 2010 is Dwayne Bravo,and Darren Bravo.Barath apart from his debut 100,has shown little in his other 3 innings,so I would have to say he is a promising WI test player.The other TT players,some of them, namely Pollard and Simmons,are good for the T20,and ODIs,the others , are good regional players------not Test players.The SA bowler Harris is not a better bowler than Botha,and I was surprised that he was prefered ahead of him.This was not the first time that I saw him in action,and I said then he was not a mediocre bowler,he was a very poor spin bowler.He should be glad that former players like Greenidge,Haynes,Richards and Lloyd are not playing cricket anymore,because many a ball would have been lost to the back of the stands.

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