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.
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 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!
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.
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!
7 off 6. Roelof on strike. 1 wicket in hand.
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.
another one wide outside off, Roelof unleashes the full swing of the bat and sends it scurrying towards the sweeper cover
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.
again back of a length, cut away without much power into the covers. Single!
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!
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!
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!
Langeveldt opens the face and runs it into the covers
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!
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
back of a length on middle stump, McLaren flicks it away for a single
Roelof walks out. Strike with McLaren.
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!
19 off 18. 4 wickets.
Bad over for WI that one.
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.
goes well and truly aerial this time, over the infield. Two more. Bravo has lost the plot, all angling into the pads
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
slower ball thrown up on middle and off, Botha looks to flick it with the angle but can't evade midwicket