29 January 2015
South Africa makes it 4-1 after Amla-Rossouw show
Home side gets 131-run win after the West Indies folds for 230 while chasing 362
Rossouw smashed 132 off 98 to help South Africa post 361 for 5 from the 42 overs after rain delayed the start of the match.
South Africa had already sealed the series 3-1 and the win extended the scoreline to 4-1.
Amla scored 133 off 105 balls and Rossouw smashed 132 off 98 to help South Africa post 361 for 5 from the 42 overs after rain delayed the start of the match.
It then shot down the West Indies for 230 in 37.4 overs. Wayne Parnell was the pick of the bowlers for the home side, ending with figures of 4 for 42 with all his wickets coming in space of ten balls.
Amla and Rossouw made a cautious start, but soon got into their groove, adding 247 runs for the third wicket. They equalled their previous record set in the second match of the series in Johannesburg, when both of them hit hundreds before AB de Villiers scored a record-breaking 31-ball ton.
South Africa had decided to rest Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Imran Tahir and de Villiers for the last ODI. That meant Quinton de Kock, who was out with injury, returned to the side; however, he failed to make an impact and was dismissed by Jason Holder for four.
Faf du Plessis got a start but failed to carry on. When he was dismissed by Andre Russell in the tenth over for 16, the scorecard read 59 for 2. As the batsmen struggled, it appeared Jason Holder’s decision to send South Africa in was a wise one, especially since the pitch had spent most of the day under covers with steady rain delaying the start by two and a half hours.
After that second wicket, however, it was all Amla and Rossouw. With this knock that included 11 fours and six sixes, Amla took his tally for the series to 413 at a stunning average of 206.50 and emerged as the highest run-getter of the series.
Rossouw ended with 271 runs and was the second-highest run-getter of the series. He took 60 balls to reach his half-century, but then cut loose and raced to his century in the next 23 balls before being caught on the boundary off Andre Russell after hitting nine fours and eight sixes.
Though Russell took three wickets, he conceded 85 runs in eight overs, including 28 in an over during the batting powerplay.
To make matters worse for the West Indies, Kyle Abbott dismissed Chris Gayle caught behind on the very first ball of the innings. Gayle slashed a very wide delivery, initially called a wide by Ravi Sundaram, the umpire, before reviews confirmed that the left-hander had actually edged the ball.
Narsingh Deonarine (43) and Dwayne Smith (31), who came in to bat at No. 3 in this match, added 77 runs for the second wicket the West Indies. Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin too got into a handy 91-run stand for the fourth wicket before Parnell sparked a collapse and sealed a win for the hosts.
Both teams will play each other in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at the Sydney Cricket Ground on February 27.
To see the full scorecard of the match between South Africa and West Indies, please click here.
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