Windies beaten in 3rd ODI as SA win series 3-0
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 at the Windsor Park on Friday.
Morkel captured an ODI career-best four wickets for 21 runs and Langeveldt took three for 30 as the South Africans successfully defended a victory target of 225 with 72 balls to spare.
Morkel formalised the result when Ravi Rampaul essayed an indescribable off-side stroke, and skied the ball to deep extra cover, where Johan Botha held a fine catch running backwards.
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 last Saturday at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua, where they also won the second ODI by 17 runs last Monday.
A resolute 70 from A.B. deVilliers anchored the South Africans to a respectable 224 all out in 47.2 of their 50 overs, after they won the toss, and elected to bat on another belter of a pitch.
Pollard was the most successful West Indies bowler with three wickets for 27 runs while Bravo and Benn supported with two wickets apiece.
South Africa''s bowlers then made sure their limp batting performance did not lead to a terminal meltdown, and diligently worked their way through the brittle West Indies batting.
Langeveldt started the rout, when he had Gayle caught at slip for 16 in the sixth over, and Morkel kept up the pressure.
The lanky fast-medium bowler had opener Dale Richards caught at slip for the top score of 28, and trapped Darren Bravo, the younger brother of West Indies vice captain and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, lbw for one to leave the hosts 63 for three in the 14th over.
Langeveldt then snuffed the life out of any plans the home team had to stage a recovery, when he returned for a second spell.
He snared Kieron Pollard caught at point for 10, and Darren Sammy, whose 50 in the previous match was the fastest by a West Indies batsman in ODIs, caught behind for 14 to leave the hosts 118 for seven.
The series continues on Sunday with the fourth ODI here before it concludes at the Queen''s Park Oval in Trinidad Tobago next Wednesday.