Pollard, the runner is run out Game over. SA have won. Sammy is crestfallen. Smith fires in the direct hit. It was a length delivery on the middle stump line, pushed out to covers.. and they run for the single that would bring Sammy on strike. It was always going to be tight. Smith picks it at short cover, and flicks it back hand and it's direct hit at the non-striker's end with Pollard just short of the crease. Pollard threw in a desperate dive but it was not to be.
Spare a thought for Darren Sammy. The crowd look stunned. Sorrowful glares. Smith had flicked the throw. And apparently they practice that kind of throws. Smith had a horror time on the field today; he misfielded, he even dropped a catch but here he is with a direct hit that has won the game for South Africa.
The game was meandering towards nowhere when suddenly Sammy changed it with the innings of his lifetime. He nearly got West Indies home but they ran out of fuel in the end. The boy on the burning deck. He walks ever so slowly out of the park.
Hang on for the quotes from the post-match ceremony.
Gayle: It was a good effort. Credit must go to Sammy for giving us some hope. The middle period was our downfall. too many dot balls. The pressure increases. Game simulation and learn to rotate the strike. We might have a new squad for the third game. Sarwan and Nikita miler will be mostly out. Injuries. I think we can look at the positives from this game and take it to the next one. The middle period we need to work on."
Smith: "Few key chances were missed. Apart from our catching we controlled the game very well. Apart from Sammy's 20 odd balls, we were in control. Sammy played a great knock today. We closed the game down. We did what we had to do. The deck has been slow, we built good partnerships and manipulated the field well, especially in the middle period. We ran hard. Duminy has had a tough time. he has been working on few technical things in the background. I am sure he will get a chance somewhere in this series and he needs to take it."
Amla is the man of the match: "I was quiet fortunate that I played a bit of County cricket before I came here. You always have to develop your game in international cricket ( on working on his off-side field). "
That's it from us. Thanks for joining. Good bye and good luck.
The injured Nikita Miller comes out. Pollard is the runner. one wicket left. One fit batsman. A runner. What's going to happen here?
Rampaul is run out It was a full pitched delivery and Sammy mistimes the drive to McLaren. Rampaul had backed up too far, trying to get the single that would have given Sammy the strike. McLaren stops the ball, turns and runs to break the stumps. Just one wicket left. What drama here.
Wide surely? yes it is. Full toss well outside off. Sammy has a swing and a miss.
Lots of advice coming in from the crowd.
he backs away to punch the length delivery to sweeper cover.
Dot ball. Pressure. Rampaul goes for the big shot to the on side and mistimes the slower one to Smith at short midwicket.
Ali: "Sammy's not the prettiest but man does this guy have heart. "
almost yorker length outside off, squeezed out towards sweeper cover. 20 from 15.
length delivery on the pads, pushed to midwicket .. they scramble across for the single. Sammy applauds Rampaul for the single.
full delivery outside off stump, Sammy goes for the big drive and edges it to Amla at square-leg. A single.
The two batsmen have a chat. Sammy takes the strike.
and now retains the strike with a drive to long-on. 23 from 18. Drama ... Excitement.. The crowd have gone delirious.
This is absolutely stunning. Gayle stares straight ahead from the dressing room. Sammy is having the time of his life with the bat. He clears the front foot and wallops the full delivery to wide long-on boundary
He has killed this one. Boom! Full delivery on the off and middle line and Sammy smashes it over the bowler;s head. Absolutely crunched!
Lash em Sammy! Oh boy he is making the crowd go mad here. ANother clean swing, another boundary. He backed away, got his front foot to the leg side, opened up his stance and swung to the cow corner. No chance for Kallis this time
Grant: "Dont u dare say anything about "FB" rather say Windies dont have a hope in hell!"
Thrash! He gets forward, moves the front foot out of the way and swings it to the cow corner. Kallis gets around from deep midwicket and makes a diving stop near the boundary
full delivery on the middle, pushed out towards long-off and they scramble back for the second run. 40 from 23
Trevor: "Man, the crowd are better fielders than the Saffers! First a lady, then a gent, who didn't even spill his rum when catching Sammy's 6's!"
kicks up at Rampaul who stabs it to short third man
fullish, slanted across the lefty, sliced away but Amla intercepts at backward point
length delivery on the pads, rolls away to fine-leg region .. they run hard and complete the second run. the batsmen meet for a chat
pushes this full delivery to covers for a single
Violence. Massive hit this. The ball has gone to tjhe upper tier in the long-off stands. Lovely fierce swing of the bat. It was the full-length delivery and he just went through the line.
Swing and a miss. It was the full delivery outside off and Sammy tried to whiplash it over point but no wood on leather