At Durban, January 27 (day/night). South Africa won by 55 runs. Toss: South Africa. International debut: A. J. Hall.
Cullinan became only the second batsman in limited-overs internationals to be given out handled the ball (Mohinder Amarnath was the first, in 1985-86) after chopping Arthurton into the ground and catching the rebound, which may have been heading towards the stumps. Klusener provided early momentum with 64 and Cronje the late charge with a quickfire 58. Each South African fifty came quicker than the last.
West Indies raced to 80 without loss after 11 overs, thanks largely to Chanderpaul, but they were then unable to cope with a barrage of barely legal short-pitched deliveries on a pitch made lively by dew. Lara suffered a chipped bone in his hand when hit by Kallis, an injury which flared up again after the series against Australia and threatened to keep him out of the World Cup.
Man of the Match: W. J. Cronje. Attendance: 21,324.