5th ODI, Port of Spain, Jun 3 2010, South Africa tour of West Indies
(49.4/50 ov, target 253)255/9
South Africa won by 1 wicket (with 2 balls remaining)
player of the match
Jacques Kallis
South Africa
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• The Bulletin by Siddhartha Talya

South Africa whitewash hosts in tense finish

Partly misfortune but mostly indiscipline cost them the fifth and final ODI in Port of Spain to ensure South Africa swept an ODI series 5-0 for the third time against West Indies

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West Indies252/6(50 overs)
South Africa255/9(49.4 overs)

Another South African white-wash for the Windies. It really is a case of them not knowing how to close out these games. When Boucher got out, they were all over South Africa, primarily because of the visitors' questionable selections for today, but they still let the pressure go with some unimaginative bowling. Barring an inspired final spell from Jerome Taylor, there was nothing worth praising, and him leaving the field with two overs left to bowl, made all the difference. Slower balls and short balls, wide balls and full balls, but no yorkers. Bravo is having a torrid time with the ball, following a really pedestrian IPL. I daresay, despite getting the wicket of Botha with a rank long-hop, Pollard was quite poor in the end overs. Gayle's captaincy was rigid and questionable. Again, the most inspired move of the day was initiated not by him, but by Taylor when he laid a trap for Duminy.

Hang in there for the presentation.

Gayle: "The game came close again, and we fell short again. We don't know how to finish them off. Well played to Smith and his team. Hopefully we get a couple of days to put it behind and start fresh in the Tests. I was frustrated with the death bowling.. I had confidence in Bravo and Pollard. Jerome, unfortunately picked an injury. We need to see what the physio says about it. I think everyone in our side needs to learn from South Africa. Trinidad has passion for the game, great to see the crowd come out and support the game."

Man of the match is Jacques Kallis. "Nice to have the momentum into the Tests, very pleased with the way we played. Our bowling and batting in the last 10 overs can be worked upon. In the Tests, not much grass here, so the spinners may play a bit of a role."

Man of the series, without doubt is Hashim "402 runs" Amla. He has a collection of blackberries now. "It is a lovely gift to get (blackberries). Nice to give the team a good start.. happy that ODI series has come to an end well.. looking forward to Tests. The guys I used to idolise are the ones I saw on tv - Steve Waugh.. Brian Lara.. Jacques Kallis." Ian Bishop does not have much more to ask the guy.

Graeme Smith: "Nice to bounce back and repose the faith in the public after the World T20. We lost wickets at crucial times, and held our nerve.. Winning is a habit and we are getting used to it. Boucher has a bit of a back niggle, and we did not want to strain him ahead of the Tests, (which is why he did not keep). We are going to enjoy tonight, and then start preparing for the Tests."

Scenes of joy for the South African team as they collect their medals. And a sense of what may have been for the hosts. On that note, we shall sign off for the day. It has been great bringing you the ODIs and we hope for more fun with the Tests. Thanks for all the comments. On behalf of Team Cricinfo, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. Cheers!

Pollard to Tsotsobe, FOUR runs

that's that! The Windies are so near but Tsotsobe far! Another inexplicable ball, wide outside off, with the offside fielders inside the circle. Tsotsobe reached out and coolly cross-batted it through the cover cordon and all the way to the ropes. Victory with two balls to spare.

Pollard to Tsotsobe, no run

Pollard has the guts to test the umpire with a ball wide outside off, possibly JUST inside the tram lines.

This is Tsotsobe's first ever innings in ODIs. Welcome to the pressure cooker!

Pollard to Roelof, 1 run

full ball, smashed down the ground to long off. 2 off 4. No. 11 Tsotsobe to face. They will think of scrambling a single somewhere!

If WI lose this, it will be the apt footnote to a disastrous series.

Pollard to Roelof, FOUR runs

nonsense ball! Short and angling into Roelof, who smashes the cover off it, high over square leg, and one bounce over the rope.

Puhhlaaaaahd to bowl!

end of over 4910 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 246/9CRR: 5.02 RRR: 7.00 • Need 7 from 6b
Roelof van der Merwe5 (5)
Dwayne Bravo10-0-73-2
Kieron Pollard9-0-33-2

7 off 6. Roelof on strike. 1 wicket in hand.

Bravo to Langeveldt, OUT

stay put folks, the game is not over! Bravo sticks to his guns and delivers another slower ball, very full, Langeveldt is sucked into the shot early, and misses the hoick, gets a faint outside edge, through to Ramdin.

Charl Langeveldt c †Ramdin b DJ Bravo 6 (5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 120
Bravo to Roelof, 1 run

another one wide outside off, Roelof unleashes the full swing of the bat and sends it scurrying towards the sweeper cover

Bravo to Roelof, FOUR runs

Bang!!! Attempted yorker goes awry, how crucial is this! Bravo delivers a dear little full toss on off stump and Roelof smacks it through the covers, all the way for four.

Bravo to Langeveldt, 1 run

again back of a length, cut away without much power into the covers. Single!

Bravo to Langeveldt, no run

shortens the length outside off, Langeveldt bunts it back to the off side, Bravo runs across and cleans up and thinks of throwing down the non-striker's stumps but backs out. No one backing up!

Bravo to Langeveldt, FOUR runs

oh boy... Full and wide outside off, smeared over point a couple of bounces into the ropes. OHhhhh boy!

This ladies and gentlemen, is the tight rope. Bravo will bowl again!

end of over 482 runs • 2 wickets
SA: 236/8CRR: 4.91 RRR: 8.50 • Need 17 from 12b
Roelof van der Merwe0 (3)
Charl Langeveldt1 (1)
Kieron Pollard9-0-33-2
Dwayne Bravo9-0-63-1
Pollard to Roelof, no run

wide outside off, and nowhere in place for Roelof's pre-meditated drive down the ground. Hits the toe of the bat, and is back to Pollard. Great over this for WI, what a turnaround from the last one!

Pollard to Langeveldt, 1 run

Langeveldt opens the face and runs it into the covers

Pollard to Roelof, OUT

when push comes to shove, Colonel Chanders is the man to back on! Off cutter from Pollard, strikes Roelof's pad and bat as he crunched it straight to short third, where Chanders has been on vigil all day like an old little fox. He swooped on it, and threw down the striker's end stumps with McLaren a yard outside. The Triniposse roars!

Ryan McLaren run out (Chanderpaul) 12 (14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 85.71
Pollard to Roelof, no run

slower ball, back of a length, van der Merwe looks for a nudge to the off side for a single, but the keeper swoops in

Pollard to McLaren, 1 run

back of a length on middle stump, McLaren flicks it away for a single

Roelof walks out. Strike with McLaren.

Pollard to Botha, OUT

another twist in the tale! Pollard bowls a slow half tracker, Botha goes after it and had the right idea. He got under it and went for a pull over cow corner, but somehow got more top-edge than middle. Dave Bernard ran across from midwicket towards his right, and dived full on to his take it inches from the ground. Wonderful catch!

Johan Botha c Bernard b Pollard 24 (34b 0x4 0x6) SR: 70.58

19 off 18. 4 wickets.

end of over 4713 runs
SA: 234/6CRR: 4.97 RRR: 6.33 • Need 19 from 18b
Johan Botha24 (33)
Ryan McLaren11 (13)
Dwayne Bravo9-0-63-1
Jerome Taylor8-0-36-1

Bad over for WI that one.

Bravo to Botha, 1 run

full this time and driven back down the track, Bravo puts a foot down and deflects it to the leg side. Botha is half way down before McLaren's convinced to go, but he has enough time to get there.

Bravo to Botha, 2 runs

goes well and truly aerial this time, over the infield. Two more. Bravo has lost the plot, all angling into the pads

Bravo to Botha, 2 runs

another slower ball, Botha's working and shovels it over the infield - only just, if he were a foot taller, midwicket might have plucked it. Pollard cleans up on the ropes

Bravo to Botha, no run

slower ball thrown up on middle and off, Botha looks to flick it with the angle but can't evade midwicket

Best performances - batters
Shiv Chanderpaul
S Chanderpaul WI
67 runs (104)
4 fours
0 six
Productive shot
leg glance
25 runs
0 four
0 six
Jacques Kallis
JH Kallis SA
57 runs (55)
5 fours
0 six
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
13 runs
2 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Chris Gayle portrait
CH Gayle WI
Kieron Pollard
KA Pollard WI
Match details
Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
TossWest Indies, elected to bat first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of West Indies
Player Of The Match
Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis
Player Of The Series
Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla
Series resultSouth Africa won the 5-match series 5-0
Match numberODI no. 2987
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, First Session 09.30-13.00, Interval 13.00-13.45, Second Session 13.45-17.15
Match days3 June 2010 - day(50-over match)
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Daryl Harper
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Norman Malcolm
TV Umpire
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Goaland Greaves
Reserve Umpire
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Clancy Mack
Match Referee
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Roshan Mahanama