Windies go down after Amla, de Villiers tons – Digicel T20 Cricket Report
The format has changed, but not the result. Following back-to-back losses in the two Digicel Twenty20s, West Indies registered their third defeat to South Africa on the trot, this time in the First Digicel One Day International at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds.
South Africa posted 280 for 7 from 48 overs after the match was reduced following a rain interruption on Saturday morning. The West Indies reply was meek and they were eventually all out for 215 from 44.1 overs to collapse to a 66 run defeat as they chased the Duckworth/Lewis readjusted total of 282 to win.
AB de Villiers creamed the West Indies attack for his third ODI century on the trot following back-to-back hundreds against India earlier in the year. His innings of 102 was from 101 deliveries and included five fours and two sixes, while Amla made an identical score from 109 deliveries with eight boundaries.
Dwayne Bravo continues to progressively return to form with three wickets for 40 runs from his full quota of ten overs. Opening bowlers, Jerome Taylor and Ravi Rampaul, picked up two wickets apiece for 62 and 46 runs respectively but the two centurions rotated the strike in the middle overs with ease and without much restriction to bolster their total to one which eventually proved to be too much for the home team.
When the Windies commenced their chase Captain Chris Gayle attempted to blast them to an early advantage but he was cut down five short of a half century in the 13th over to leave the score 69 for 3 and joined Andre Fletcher (3) and Bravo (15) in the pavilion.
Ramnaresh Sarwan spent 59 balls laboring over 38 and Narsingh Deonarine spent 48 balls to accumulate 26 runs as the pair added 61 runs for the fourth wicket. The Guyanese combination tried to consolidate but was unable to score as freely as their South Africans counterparts did when they batted.
Deonarine eventually succumbed to the off spin of Johan Botha (2 for 47) and Morne Morkel added the scalp of Sarwan to that of Gayle as he eventually closed with 3 for 40 from 8 overs.
After they were removed, Kieron Pollard smashed 44 from 37 balls with five fours and a six. Windies lost constant wickets and surrendered to the 66 run loss as Morkel cut down Pollard when he had just begun to look ominous, striking the ball cleanly and powerfully to all parts of the field.
Amla was named Man-of-the-Match for the expert manner in which he guided the innings initially. The West Indies will be hoping for the return of injured duo Shivnarine Chanderpaul (hand injury) and fast bowler Kemar Roach (ankle injury) for their next encounter on Monday at the same venue before the five match Digicel Series moves to Dominica for another double header and concludes in Jamaica.