Fourth ODI

South Africa v West Indies 2007-08

At Durban, February 1, 2008 (day/night). South Africa won by five wickets. Toss: West Indies.

The scriptwriters don't always get it right when great players come to the end of their careers, but whoever composed Shaun Pollock's home farewell was obviously a romantic. His local crowd produced standing ovations after every ball during his final spell, and reduced Pollock to tears after the match with the passion of their cheers. In between, he strode to the wicket with 46 still needed, and struck the winning runs. Earlier, Parchment and Chattergoon shared an opening stand of 97, but spent more than 23 overs going about it, far too slow on a belter of a pitch. The middle order dissolved under the pressure of playing catch-up, and only a thrilling late burst from Taylor - the final over, bowled by Ntini, cost 24 - ensured a respectable total. Smith then blasted ten fours in his third successive half-century, this one coming from just 37 balls, to set his side on their way once again and, although de Villiers and Duminy made significant contributions, it was Pollock's day.

Man of the Match: A. B. de Villiers.

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