Proteas complete clean sweep of ODI series with Windies

PORT OF SPAIN: Half-centuries from Jacques Kallis and J.P. Duminy helped South Africa complete a clean sweep of their One-day International series with West Indies, when they won the fifth and final match by one wicket here on Thursday.

The result meant that South Africa have now swept West Indies 5-0 in each of their last three bilateral ODI series.

Kallis, the Man-of-the-Match, hit five boundaries in the top score of 57 at better than a run-a-ball, and Duminy struck just one four in 51 from 75 deliveries, as the South Africans, in pursuit of 253 for victory, reached their target with just two balls to spare on a slow Queen''s Park Oval pitch.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe carried the Proteas over the threshold, when he slapped a wide delivery from Kieron Pollard through cover for four.

Like last Sunday, the Proteas ran into late trouble, when Charl Langeveldt was caught behind for six off the last ball of the penultimate over to leave the visitors needing eight from the final over.

But Roelof van der Merwe swung the first ball of the final over from Pollard over square leg for four to ease South Africa''s tension before Tsotsobe won it for them three balls later.

South Africa had bowled with discipline to restrict West Indies, but Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit the top score of 67 from 104 balls, and Narsingh Deonarine helped himself to a run-a-ball 53 to lead the Windies to 252 for six from their 50 overs.

The visitors then started their chase steadily, but Smith was caught behind of Dwayne Bravo for 12 in the ninth over.

The South Africans then stumbled, when Hashim Amla, who earned the Man-of-the-Series award for his 402 runs, which made him the most prolific batsman in the series, was run out for 45 in the 14th over, and A.B. de Villiers was caught at deep mid-on of Gayle in the 19th over.

Kallis and Duminy put the Proteas back on course for victory with a stand of 58, but Kallis was dubiously caught behind off Gayle in the 36th over, and Mark Boucher was caught at short third man off Pollard to leave the visitors needing 78 from the last 84 balls.

South Africa lost their way inside the last 10 overs, when four wickets fell for 35 runs from 34 balls, but their last wicket pair held steady.

The two sides now prepare for a series of three Tests, with matches in Trinidad (June 10-14), St. Kitts (June 18-22), and Barbados (June 26-30).

The South Africans start a two-day tour match on Saturday against Trinidad Tobago at the Frank Worrell ground on the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies.