NORTH SOUND/ANTIGUA & BARBUDA: South Africa withstood a late West Indies onslaught led by Darren Sammy to prevail by 17 runs in the second One-day International (ODI) and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
The visitors appeared to be coasting to victory when West Indies, chasing 301 for victory from their 50 overs, slumped to 236 for eight in the 45th over. But the Proteas came under attack from Sammy, whose unbeaten 58 from 24 balls contained two fours and six sixes, as he dominated a ninth-wicket stand of 47 with Ravi Rampaul. South Africa were fortunate however, when Ryan McLaren skillfully fielded a drive from Sammy on his follow-through and Rampaul was run-out off the last ball of the 48th over backing up too far.
South African captain Graeme Smith admitted his side needed to improve, “Outside of our fielding and up to Sammy’s 58, we were in control, but our catching is what we need to take a look at.” Earlier, Hashim Amla continued his good form with 92, and Jacques Kallis supported with 85 to lead South Africa to 300 for five. Amla struck seven boundaries and Jacques Kallis, playing his 300th ODI, hit four fours in a stand of 79 for the second wicket.
Published in the Express Tribune, May 26th, 2010.