January 26, 2015
Holder won the toss in Port Elizabeth and chose to field first. He would have been very happy with the way things started. Making his ODI début Sheldon Cottrell took two quick wickets of Roussauw and Van Wyk. There was a little swing early on and West Indies capitalised on this moment reducing South Africa to 3-32.
This brought David Miller to the crease a bit earlier than normal , who has been promoted to number 5 in this series, obviously a ploy for the World cup and allowing him to show that he is more than a T20 player. He certainly went straight to business in this match, rebuilding with AB de Villiers until AB was undone by a smart bit of bowling by Andre Russell for 18.
Miller played a number of low risk shots, his purpose was clear, and that was to be there right to the end of the innings, With a partnerships of 90 assisted by JP Duminy (44) & 63 with Parnell (12), Miller got his well deserved maiden century on his way to making 130 not out off 133 balls.
South Africa posted 262 in their 50 overs, short of where they would like to have been at this stage. Miller emphasised this by hitting the last 11 deliveries for 30 runs.
West Indies started their chase in terrible fashion losing Dwayne Smith 3rd ball of the innings for a duck. Chris Gayle departed for 10 on the first ball of JP Duminy’s introduction. Samuels and Johnson went about the recovery and put on 29 before Johnston was run out by a fabulous piece of work from AB close in on the leg side.
A mini collapse saw Ramdin & Carter leave the field. The West Indies looked to be in trouble again at 73-5. In walked Darren Sammy with a more serious approach than normal. He and Samuels put on a game defining partnership of 93. Both men raced to their 50′s and once again the game looked in the balance.
West Indies took the batting power-play and it looked to be a good decision with the ball disappearing over the fence in all directions, until Sammy played one too many big shots and was out caught for 51 off Parnell.
Andre Russell next to the crease came in with a lot to do, requiring 96 runs to win in just over 10 overs. He wasn’t in the mood to play second fiddle to Marlon Samuels and by quickly found the boundary.
In yet another twist Samuels was bowled for a brilliant 68 in the circumstances by Behardien who took the pace off well.
Jason Holder and Russell put together a 29 run partnership before Holder was dismissed mis-timing a full toss straight to Duminy at mid-wicket.
This called for a very nervy finish and Braithwaite, probably the games best number 10 could only get 11 runs before he was out. Sheldon Cottrell had to come out and face up one ball getting one run not out.
Thankfully for him Andre Russell was hot property and he decided attack was the best method to get his team across the line. Boy did he go after the bowlers smashing 4 sixes to finish the game and give West Indies their first win in the ODI series.