West Indies v South Africa, 3rd Test, Barbados, 4th day June 29, 2010

Clinical South Africa wrap up series 2-0


South Africa 346 (Prince 78*, de Villiers 73, Benn 6-81) and 49 for 3 (Amla 27, Roach 3-22) beat West Indies 231 (Bravo 61, Botha 4-56, Steyn 3-37) and 161 (Chanderpaul 71*, Morkel 3-33, Steyn 3-36) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

South Africa inflicted a dispiriting series loss on West Indies at a venue that was once the home team's fortress and finished the bilateral tour unbeaten. Shivnarine Chanderpaul's hopes of compiling a competitive lead on the fourth morning were quashed by a menacing spell from Morne Morkel, who cut through the West Indies tail to ensure a quick end to their resistance.

Chanderpaul had stood firm amid West Indies' capitulation on the third day, and taken his team into the lead with support from Shane Shillingford, who was dismissed shortly before stumps. The men who followed, though, were unable to put up a fight.

Morkel attacked Sulieman Benn from round the wicket, getting the ball to move both ways and troubling the left-hander who played and missed often. He was ultimately done in by one that nipped back in sharply to break through his defences and send the off stump cartwheeling. Kemar Roach followed soon after, edging a drive to Mark Boucher after a series of short balls.

Chanderpaul had shown confidence in the tail, not hesitating to pick singles early in the over, but was left watching as his partners fell quickly. The debutant Brandon Bess poked a short-of-length delivery to slip, as Morkel polished off the tail in three overs, leaving South Africa just 47 to chase. Roach displayed plenty of aggression, nipping out three wickets, striking Graeme Smith on the neck with a bouncer, and even getting involved in an extended verbal exchange with Jacques Kallis. But the game was over and done with.

The West Indies captain Chris Gayle had called on his batsmen to shoulder more responsibility during his team's 5-0 debacle in the one-dayers. However, some of those who did play the Test series failed to fulfil to their role. Dale Richards, drafted in for this Test in place of Travis Dowlin, conceded his wicket cheaply in both innings, playing across the line to be trapped plumb, and spooning a catch off a needless pull.

More worrying would be the case of Narsingh Deonarine. He had looked solid in the first innings before, inexplicably, switching to an aggressive approach to be bowled. In the second, he played a reckless drive first ball to offer a catch to short cover. Equally irresponsible was the dismissal of Denesh Ramdin, the former vice-captain, who slashed a wide delivery to the keeper in the second innings.

Though South Africa's pace attack had far more venom, the battle in the spin department was more evenly contested with each of the four frontline spinners in this Test extracting assistance from a gradually deteriorating track. The move to pick a spinner, Johan Botha, in place of left-arm seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe, proved decisive for the visitors. And the seamers Dale Steyn and Morkel, on a pitch that was of lesser benefit to them than the slow bowlers, varied their lengths superbly, ruffling up the batsmen with the short deliveries and creating the temptation to play by pushing the odd one fuller.

But while South Africa, with more assuredness in their batting and a generally superior outfit, were favourites throughout, their task was made easier by the reckless approach adopted by their opponents.

Siddhartha Talya is an editorial assistant at Cricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    congratzzzzz proteus.......

  • Michael on July 2, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    @Rihat and all those others who continue to live in the days of racism.Look this is the year 2010, IF KALLIS DIDNT WANT ANYBODY TO BOWLED SHORT PITCHED BALLS AND BOUNCERS AT HIM,WHY THE HELL DID HE BOWLED BOUNCERS AND SHORT PITCH BALLS AT PEOPLE,TAILENDERS AT THAT? Know what was his problem?he cannot come to grips with the fact that he cannot handle a young 21 year old rookie fast bowler.It is alright for people to sledge the West Indians,but when the shoe is on the other foot,it is harassment.But to all you racists,we have one real fast bowler now,Roach!we need at least 2 more,and in the next 2 years,the west indian pacers will terrorise batsmen around the world AGAIN!If Stein was a west indian,he would have been banned for years.I hope WI officials and Lawyers are taking a close look at what is happening to the WEST INDIES TEAM when it comes to punishments.

  • Michael on July 2, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    @Brad400! are you foolish?absolute rubbish!How can you say in one breath that samuels,fletcher and baugh had too many chances and in another breath say that Ramdin should be retained.?Ramdin Rampaul and Ganga are rubbish.Butts said he is concern about Ramdin,goes on to say that he dropped catches in every test match,muffled a run out and averaged around 15 a match,and then goes on to say that he is still the best keeper around.MR.BUTTS ,you cannot make a statement like that and then say he is the best keeper around.HE WOULD HAVE TO BE THE WORST KEEPER AROUND!Dont you understand what you have said?You also said that you could not pick someone out of the blue and put him into a match.SO WHAT WAS THE POSITION WITH BESS?WASNT HE PICKED OUT OF THE BLUE?after being dropped from the Guyana team for the last match of the 4 day competition or did you feel that being at the High Performance Centre,he would have put in a high performance in the test match?

  • Bradley on July 2, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    im sorry but players like samuels, carlton baugh, and andre fletcher should not be given anymore chances. Yes Ramdin has hit a slump but when u look at it there are no better wicketkeepers in the caribbean.

  • charlie on July 1, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Come on guy,Lets be fair to Richards ! Here is a guy who is willing to take on the qickies [who are backing- up our batasmen] and you are being critical of him .The guy has not had any match practice throughout the last several test and one-dayers prior to this tour and he is surprisingly called [like Dowlin and Nash ,after being in-active ] and is expected to be perfect . West Indies cricket needs guys like Richards,Dwayne Smith,Bravo and Simmons to help lift the team spirit and excite the fans . I hear talk of Samuels,but what has he done for the team with all his trials ? Looking good is just part of it . We need performers who can draw back the crowds with every aspect of the game .

  • Hildreth on June 30, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    GAYLE should do all West Indians a favour and RESIGN as captain because he can't provide the leadership needed to improve WI team performance. The SELECTORS should also resign because they have done a terrible job. They have operated mainly by trial & error and persisted in recycling FAILURES in all formats eg. Fletcher, Rampaul, Ramdin, Dw Smith, Tino Best, Wavel and Ryan Hinds. More important they failed to BLOOD many young players to international cricket. Look at the successful teams like Austalia, England and SA. They are constantly seeking out YOUNG talent among their ranks. Eg. Tait, Smith, Payne, Broad,Lumb, Kieswetter,Tsotsobe- they are young but if you don't give them the opportunity at INT level they will remain undiscovered talents. Pllayers like Russel, Brown, Holder, Walton, Perkins,Tonge and Caria must be given more INT exposure in any format. If Gayle and the selectors don't send in their resignations WICB must ask them to do so otherwise WI cricket won't improve.

  • Dummy4 on June 30, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    I have been watching West Indies cricket my whole life, and I have always been a cricket fanatic and a Die Hard West Indies fan, however at this point I am extremely frustrated and could care less about the West Indies team. There problem seems to be a lack of cricketing sense, as well as a lack of determination. There approach to test cricket was all wrong this series and that is one of the main reasons they lost. In tough situations, we saw our "batsmen" coming in and making risky shots characteristic of the type of stupid shots you would make in a 20/ 20 cricket game. I do not know whether this should be attributed to frustration a lack of concentration or simply a lack of confidence in there own ability to show grit and stick at the wicket, that they feel the need to prove themselves by going for a boundary even when the ball does not permit it. West Indies need to understand that you can score without fours and sixes, running between the wicket has always been lazy

  • Mohan on June 30, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Oh Come on, Steve waugh is no saint. At the end of the day issue is solved, that should be fine. Now its high time, Captaincy shouldnot be changed.What WICB should do is identify 20 cricketers and stick with them for 2-3yrs as Aus did in 80s when they were almost at the rockbottom. That should give the players confidence of performing well. They should be disciplined. Even the coach shouldnt be changed. Nowadays game has become professional, but no harm in trying these things. They have nothing to lose. Tell the players that they will not be dropped from the team even if they dont perform for 4-6 matches.... Two more fastbowlers needs to be identified to support Kemar Roach. He is a good prospect.

  • None ya on June 30, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    Any West Indian fan on here that is talkin about choppin and changing the team when one of our players just got spat it must be crazy. Everyone is always quick to label our players a disgrace and Steyn spits at Benn and this is being swept under the carpet?? "Benn must have started it"! He gets spits at so he must be the one to blame somehow! No one never told the rest of the teams not to sledge us all these years! Now all of a sudden it is a problem when West Indian players are doing it, and always blaming US as the problem. We are all supporting West Indies and as supporters we need to stick together and stop thinking about which players from our country we want in this team! A South African player spit at one of us like if he sees us as lesser beings and you guys are griping about bringing in Ganga and Samuels?? And we wonder why our cricket is in the gutter?? We never take a stand for anything!

  • giovaughn on June 30, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    if the wicb had any sense of direction & planning they would have advised either samuels 2 work on his keeping skills while on his ban. even if he was not a great keeper he could have easily walked into the team & taken Ramdin's place .

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