S Africa beat Windies in fourth one dayer
DOMINICA: Hashim Amla continued in his rich vein of form, and struck his third One-day International hundred to help South Africa shake off ''dead-rubber syndrome'', and win the fourth ODI against West Indies by seven wickets.
Amla collected nine fours and two sixes in another sublime innings of 129 from 115 balls, as the South Africans, chasing 304 for victory from their allocation of 50 overs, reached their target from the very last ball in a thrilling finish at Windsor Park.
When Amla was dismissed, South Africa needed 80 from 76 balls, and J.P. Duminy joined deVilliers to carry them the rest of the way in an unbroken stand of 80 for the fourth wicket.
In a dramatic finish however, the South Africans needed one run from the last delivery, following a sensational final over from Dwayne Bravo in which he conceded a single to deVilliers off the first ball, a leg bye to Duminy from the next, and then bowled three dot-balls.
DeVilliers however, formalised the result, when he swung the final delivery through mid-wicket, where Darren Sammy fumbled it, and then missed a throw at the bowler''s end, as the batsman scrambled to make his ground.
The victory handed the Proteas a 4-0 lead in the five-match series, after they won the rain-marred opening match by 66 runs, under the Duckworth-Lewis Method, two Saturdays ago at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua, where they also won the second ODI by 17 runs last Monday, and the third ODI by 67 runs last Friday at this venue.
The series concludes this coming Thursday at the Queen''s Park Oval in Trinidad Tobago, where the visitors will be chasing a second successive ODI series sweep in the Caribbean.