Russell heroics wins it for Windies

2015-01-25 19:07
Andre Russell. (Duif du Toit, Gallo Images)

Port Elizabeth - A blistering knock of 64 runs from 40 balls by Andre Russell helped the West Indies to a one-wicket win over South Africa in the fourth one day international at St George's Park on Sunday.

Russell's heroics came in the dying stages of the match as he led his side to the victory target of 263 with nine balls to spare to finally get a win in the series for the visitors.

Coming to the middle with the match seemingly over as a contest with the West Indies 166 for six in the 37th over, Russell struck five fours and five sixes during his match-winning performance.

The victory was welcome relief for the Caribbean outfit after they had come into the match 3-0 down.

A sixth wicket partnership of 93 from 96 balls between Marlon Samuels (68) and Darren Sammy (51) kept the West Indies in the contest after a poor start with the bat.

Batting first

Morne Morkel started the match for the Proteas with the ball in fiery fashion with two appeals and a wicket with the first three balls.

He was successful in his third attempt to Dwayne Smith as he clean bowled the opener for a duck to set the visitors on the backfoot in the first over of their chase.

Wickets continued to fall until the West Indies fell to 73 for five in the 21st over, before Samuels and Sammy joined forces to mount a challenge at the Proteas total.

In the South African innings, David Miller scored his maiden ODI century as he ended 130 not out from 133 balls, including 11 fours and three sixes as the Proteas posted 262 for eight batting first.

Miller brought up his century off 122 balls in the 48th over, after coming to the wicket inside the first ten overs.

Together with JP Duminy (43), the pair put on 90 for the fifth wicket as the hosts moved towards a defendable total.

After reaching three-figures, Miller opened up and began to find the boundary with ease as the Proteas surged beyond the 250 run mark.

West Indian captain Jason Holder was inspirational in his role with the ball as he returned figures of 4/53 from his ten overs.

South Africa were in trouble early as they found themselves 32 for three inside the first seven overs.

Rilee Rossouw (4) was the first to depart, with Sammy taking a diving catch at first slip off the bowling of Sheldon Cottrell.

Faf du Plessis also made four before returning to the change room, well caught behind by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin off the bowling of Holder.

Morne van Wyk looked good for his 18 from 24 balls, but chased a Cottrell delivery and edged through to Ramdin.

A brief period of recovery followed with a 44 run stand from 51 balls for the fourth wicket between Proteas captain AB de Villiers and Miller.

De Villiers (19), however, failed for the first time in the series when he edged to Ramdin off the bowling of Russell as the Proteas were reduced to 76 for four.

It was then the turn of Duminy and Miller to attempt a recovery.

Duminy's knock came to an end after 68 balls, when he was caught and bowled by Sammy as the batsman chipped the ball straight back towards the West Indian with South Africa left on 166 for five.

Farhaan Behardien was unable to cash-in, coming in with 13.2 overs remaining. Behardien was bowled by Holder for 12 to leave South Africa 196 for six in the 43rd over.

At the end, Wayne Parnell (12) was a spectator in a 63 run seventh wicket stand between he and Miller from 47 balls, as the hosts let loose at the climax of their 50 overs with the bat.


Toss: West Indies

South Africa innings

M van Wyk c Ramdin b Cottrell 18 (24b, 4x4)

R Rossouw c Sammy b Cottrell 4 (3b, 1x4)

F du Plessis c Ramdin b Holder 4 (11b, 1x4)

AB de Villiers c Ramdin b Russell 19 (25b, 3x4)

D Miller not out 130

JP Duminy c&b Sammy 43 (68b, 3x4)

F Behardien b Holder 12 (16b)

W Parnell b Holder 12 (17b)

A Phangiso c Johnson b Holder 0 (1b)

K Abbott not out 1

Extras: (lb2, w17) 19

Total: (for eight wickets) 262 - 50 overs

Fall of wicket: 1-18 (Rossouw 2.2ov), 2-32 (Du Plessis 5.6), 3-32 (Van Wyk 6.2), 4-76 (De Villiers 14.4), 5-166 (Duminy 36.4), 6-196 (Behardien 42.1), 7-259 (Parnell 49.2), 8-259 (Phangiso 49.3)

Bowling: Cottrell 6-0-39-2 (3w), Holder 10-1-53-4 (2w), Russell 10-1-60-1, Sammy 10-1-46-1 (1w), Brathwaite 10-1-39-0 (3w), Samuels 3-0-19-0, Gayle 1-0-4-0

West Indies innings

D Smith b Morkel 0 (3b)

C Gayle c Behardien b Duminy 10 (19b, 1x4)

L Johnson run out (De Villiers/Van Wyk) 18 (40b, 2x4, 1x6)

M Samuels b Behardien 68 (93b, 5x4, 2x6)

D Ramdin lbw b Behardien 3 (5b)

J Carter run out (Miller/Duminy) 5 (13b, 1x4)

D Sammy c De Villiers b Parnell 51 (b52, 5x4, 2x6)

A Russell not out 64

J Holder c Miller b Duminy 13 (12b, 2x4)

C Brathwaite run out 11 (De Villiers/Van Wyk) (14b, 1x6)

S Cottrell not out 1

Extras: (b4, lb3, w14, nb1) 22

Total: (for nine wickets) 266 - 48.3 overs

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Smith 0.3), 2-12 (Gayle 6.1), 3-41 (Johnson 13.5), 4-48 (Ramdin 15.5), 5-73 (Carter 20.5), 6-166 (Sammy 36.1), 7-189 (Samuels 39.2), 8-218 (Holder 42.6), 9-239 (Brathwaite 47.1)

Bowling: Morkel 9-1-58-1 (1nb, 7w), Abbott 9.3-1-62-0 (1w), Duminy 6-0-29-2, Phangiso 10-1-41-0 (2w), Parnell 10-0-48-1 (2w), Behardien 4-0-21-2 (1w)

Result: West Indies won by 1 wicket.



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