ROSEAU, DOMINICA: Morne Morkel and Charl Langeveldt shared seven wickets to bowl South Africa to a 67-run victory over West Indies in the third One-day International.
Morkel captured a careerbest four for 21 runs while Langeveldt took three for 30, both from seven overs, as the Proteas successfully defended a victory target of 225 to win with 72 balls to spare.
The victory gave the Proteas an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, following a 66-run victory, under the Duckworth-Lewis Method, in the rain-marred opening match when they also won the second ODI by 17 runs last Monday.
“It is fantastic to have won the first three games of the series, since series wins are always important,” said South Africa captain Graeme Smith. “We needed to bounce back [following the Twenty20 World Cup], and we did.”
A resolute 70 from A B de Villiers anchored the South Africans to a respectable 224 all out after they won the toss and elected to bat on another belter of a pitch. South Africa’s bowlers then made sure their limp batting performance did not lead to a terminal meltdown, and diligently worked their way through West Indies’ brittle batting. The series continues with the fourth ODI today and the hosts just having pride to play for.
Published in the Express Tribune, May 30th, 2010.