West Indies humbled for 122 in 34 overs in 3rd ODI
EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP) — Imran Tahir’s four-wicket haul took South Africa closer to a series victory as it bowled the West Indies out for 122 in the third one-day international at Buffalo Park on Wednesday.
Legspinner Tahir returned figures of 4-28 and claimed top-scorer Marlon Samuels, who was caught on the boundary for 26, as the West Indies was bowled out inside 34 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat.
While the pitch was vastly different to the batsman-friendly surface in Johannesburg that allowed 730 runs to be racked up on Sunday, the West Indies stubbornly refused to come to terms with its new surrounds.
After the top order was undone by some smart seam bowling up front, the middle-order batsmen embarrassed themselves by trying and failing to hit their way out of trouble in sticky conditions.
Seamer Vernon Philander got the ball rolling for the Proteas by dismissing both West Indies openers cheaply, having Dwayne Smith caught behind for 5 with his very first delivery, and removing key batsman Chris Gayle for 1 in the same fashion.
Wicketkeeper AB de Villiers soon had a third catch when Narsingh Deonarine (10) was surprised by the bounce on a delivery from Dale Steyn, who forced Denesh Ramdin (2) to play on and leave West Indies 43-4.
Some responsible batting was needed to dig the tourists out of their hole, but Samuels was caught at long-off from the bowling of Tahir, Andre Russell (16) was bowled by Morne Morkel attempting a big shot, and Jonathan Carter (18) was trapped lbw by Tahir.
Philander returned to grab a third wicket and finish with 3-27 in eight overs, while Tahir picked up the final two batsmen, finishing the innings off by having Sulieman Benn stumped by de Villiers for 18.
South Africa leads the five-match series 2-0 after handsome victories in the opening two games.