568dThe Bulletin by Will Luke

South Africa complete 5-0 whitewash

Herschelle Gibbs' bristling 102 and a classy 74 from Jacques Kallis took South Africa to their fifth win, whitewashing the West Indies who were soundly beaten by 8 wickets in Johannesburg

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

HH Gibbs
102(84) 13x4 - 3x6
Control %67%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 43 runs
  • 6x4 - 2x6
9 2 11 14 27 10 2 21
DS Smith
91(76) 10x4 - 3x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 25 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
0 3 16 6 21 7 7 31

Best performances - Bowlers

CK Langeveldt
O10
M0
R61
W3
Eco6.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
DBL Powell
O7
M0
R39
W2
Eco5.57
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

South Africa , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

South Africa won the 5-match series 5-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

10.00 start, First Session 10.00-13.30 Interval 13.30-14.15, Second Session 14.15-17.45

Match days

3 February 2008 (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Huge celebrations in the crowd, all the West Indians come up to congratulate him, the commentators fall over themselves to deliver the ultimate eulogy, and Pollock takes off his helmet and gloves, and heads off to the boundary's edge where his team-mates have gathered to pat him on the back.

And now Pollock is hoisted on the shoulders of his team-mates, even the injured Andre Nel, to be paraded round the ground. "Shaun Pollock. Giving ginger kids street cred since 1995". The banner says it all.

"It's been a wonderful journey for 13 years," says Pollock. "I feel emotionally drained but the atmosphere at each and every ground has carried me. I can't think of a better venue than the Wanderers to finish." He's starting to well up now, having kept his composure throughout the match, and indeed the series - which, incidentally, has ended as a 5-0 whitewash.

For Dwayne Bravo, West Indies' beaten captain, it's a disappointing end to the series, but he believes his side has learned a lot, and will return home to the Caribbean with pride.

The Man of the Match is Herschelle Gibbs, for his blistering century, and the Man of the Series has been awarded jointly to JP Duminy for his 226 runs, and that man Pollock, for bowing out in the manner that he has performed throughout his career. That pretty much wraps it up from here. Congratulations to South Africa and to Pollock. We've been Andrew Miller and Will Luke.

28.5
2
Rampaul to Pollock, 2 runs, he's done it! Short and wide outside off, a swished upper-cut down to third man, and they scamper back for two
28.4
4
Rampaul to Pollock, FOUR runs, what a roar from the Bullring! Rampaul was too full, and Pollock slotted that through the covers. Two balls left in this over, two to win ...
28.3
0
Rampaul to Pollock, no run, full length, pushed out to cover
28.2
0
Rampaul to Pollock, no run, ooh, good delivery. Pollock half-thought about a swing, but ended up being beaten outside off
28.2
1w
Rampaul to Pollock, 1 wide, no foot movement from Pollock as he wafted outside off, but now he can win it in one shot, should he so wish

That's broken the back of the chase

28.1
5
Rampaul to Kallis, 5 runs, now that's unfortunate, Kallis drives into the covers, makes his ground, the ball hits the base of the stumps and ricochets all the way for five overthrows

Twelve runs needed, 18 balls left. This one's in the bag - it's all about Pollock now ...

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st10HH GibbsGC Smith
2nd175JH KallisHH Gibbs
3rd26SM PollockJH Kallis