Jason Holder will lead West Indies for the first time against South Africa at Durban © Getty Images
Jason Holder will lead West Indies for the first time against South Africa at Durban © Getty Images

Jan 16, 2015

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(South Africa take on West Indies in the first of the seven ODIs at Durban. Catch live cricket scores here)

South Africa have beaten West Indies by a sizable margin of 61 runs under the D/L method. The match was further curtailed by an over due to another brief shower but the match didn’t last too long irrespective after resumption. West Indies were never in the hunt subsequent to the dismissals of Chris Gayle and to some extent Dwayne Smith. Imran Tahir was the pick of the South African bowlers with three wickets to his credit. Dale Steyn also grabbed three wickets, one of which was the crucial wicket of Chris Gayle that turned the match on its head.

The rain came down and washed out another over as the players left the field momentarily. Its now a 32 over game and West Indies require another 72 runs to win at 12 runs per over. The biggest issue for the West Indies is that they are seven wickets down. Denesh Ramdin and Jason Holder are at the crease for the visitors and they need an absolute miracle to pull this one off.

South Africa are in complete command of the match as West Indies continue losing wickets at regular intervals. The innings has come to a bit of a standstill since Gayle’s untimely dismissal. The wickets of Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Smith have tilted the balance completely in favour of South Africa. Imran tahir has come into the game with the wicket of Smith off a perfectly delivered flipper that Smith played all around to be struck dead in front of the stumps. For the inexperienced West Indies middle order its an uphill climb from here.

Chris Gayle played a breezy little cameo that set the dice rolling for the West Indies but the innings came to a premature end from the visitors point of view and South Africa have wrested control of the match. South Africa are on top with two wickets down for the tourists. Gayle’s wicket was followed by Leon Johnson who departed for a duck. West Indies need somebody to calm things down, its all been too frenetic. From the Protean point of view they’d be able to set regulation fields and sanity shall be restored to proceedings. Dwayne Smith and Marlon Samuels have their work cut out if West Indies are to challenge South Africa here.

The rain has subsided and the outfield has dried enough for play to resume. West Indies require 229 to win from 33 overs. The smaller target works in the favour of West Indies who are renown short format specialists but the pitch may offer something early on to the skilled South African attack.  South Africa’s biggest headache will be to keep the seam of the ball dry. The West Indies on the other hand will benefit from the ball traveling to the boundary in more ways than one.

South Africa fumbled their way through the final remnants of their innings before rain halted proceedings at Kingsmead Durban. At one stage the Proteas were on course for a score in excess of 320 but at 279 for eight in the penultimate over they are struggling to reach 290, in any case it may be their turn to bowl by the time the rain subsides. South Africa lost five wickets for 34 runs to lose some control of the match, but they remain on top with runs on the board and a full strength bowling attack. The rain in fact may spice up the pitch a little which will play into the hands of the formidable South African pace attack.

South Africa have raced past the 200-run mark in the 34th over of their innings. AB de Villiers is holding fort, batting on 59 while David Miller has played the role of the enforcer to perfection scoring faster than a run-a-ball. Miller has also completed his eighth ODI fifty. The foundation for a massive total is in place as South Africa have set themselves up beautifully for a final assault. A score of over 320 is on the cards with the batting ammunition at the disposal of the home team.

South Africa have gone past the 100-run mark in the over of their innings. They were dented early with the loss of Rilee Rossouw and Faf du Plessis for ducks but Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers have resurrected a stuttering innings and have actually put South Africa in the ascendancy. Hashim Amla has also notched up his 26th ODI fifty. The third wicket stand between Amla and de Villiers is worth 87 and they have scored the runs at over seven runs an over.

South Africa have been rocked early in the first One-Day International against West Indies at Durban. West Indies have been uncharacteristically consistent early in the first ODI. Jerome Taylor has been immaculate with his line and length. He has bowled wicket to wicket at good pace. He was rewarded for his line of attack with the wickets of Rilee Rossouw and Faf du Plessis for ducks. Hashim Amla though, is timing the ball like a dream at the other end playing on his home ground at Kingsmead. AB de Villiers is giving him company at the other end.

Man of the Match: AB de Villiers

WICKET! Jason Holder skies a length ball from Dale Steyn to point. The ball went high up and swirled in the air but David Miller took an excellently judged catch. Just one wicket to go now. OUT! That’s game set and match. Steyn bags a third wicket and South Africa win by 61 runs.
OUT! Jerome Taylor 2 (6) C de Villiers B Steyn
OUT! Imran Tahir strikes again. His third wicket of the match and 50th of his ODI career. Denesh Ramdin misses the ball on the sweep and is bowled neck and crop.
OUT! Denesh Ramdin 31 (32) B Imran Tahir
OUT! Back to back sixes but Philander exacts revenge. West Indies had got 14 runs from the over but required run rate was climbing constantly so Russel was probably trying to make up for it as much as possible. It worked only momentarily as West Indies lose their seventh wicket. Jason Holder, the West Indies captain has come to the middle.
OUT! Andre Russel 19 (8) C de Villiers B Philander
OUT! Another one bites the dust. Darren Sammy nicks Vernon Philander through to AB de Villiers. There was no vociferous appeal, Philander in fact didn’t hear the nick at all, probably because of the blustery conditions, de Villiers did though and so did the umpire. West Indies take the batting powerplay which is three overs because of the rain truncated innings. It’ll be hard for West Indies to maximise the batting powerplay with six wickets back in the shed.
OUT! Darren Sammy 4 (8) C de Villiers B Vernon Philander
OUT! Imran Tahir gets the breakthrough. It was on the cards. Carter missed the googly as he stretched out and failed to drag his foot back in time.South Africa are well and truly on their way now. West Indies have to rebuild again but time’s running out for them.
OUT! Jonathan Carter 17 (26) LBW Imran Tahir
The West Indies have added another 22 runs in the last four overs. They have ticked the runs over, not allowing the required run rate to creep up on them as one may have thought might happen but the the runs are coming in singles, the boundaries have dried up. Jean Paul Duminy to continue. Dot ball. Dot again. Single to Jonathan Carter. Another single, this time to Denesh Ramdin. Another Dot to carter. Stifled appeal but drifting down the leg, no run again.
OUT! Imran tahir may have just hammered the final nail in the coffin. A well set Dwayne Smith has played all around a flipper. This was on the cards with the leg spinner bowling to Smith, who prefers the pacers. South Africa in complete command of the situation now. West Indies require another 140 runs to win from 108 deliveries. Two new men at the crease for West Indies.
OUT! Dwayne Smith 29 (38) LBW Imran Tahir
OUT! Marlon Samuels has carelessly run himself out.That was lazy running from Samuels, Smith played it straight to cover, the run wasn’t on, neither was the run out, Samuels took a start as most non strikers do but was too lazy to drag his bat into the crease. School boy error that, costs West Indies a massive wicket.
OUT! Marlon Samuels 12 (16) RUN OUT Behardien
South Africa have resorted to bowling a barrage of bouncers and are keeping the ball in their half of the pitch generally, bowling tight lines around the off stump. Its defensive bowling, the idea behind which seems to be to play to the ego of the West Indies batsmen who just can’t help but play recklessly. At the moment though its working as Dwayne Smith and Marlon Samuels are building a decent partnership for the third wicket.
Vernon Philander has struck now. South Africa are back on top.The umpire had ruled Johnson not out but the South Africans reviewed it and the ball was shown to be hitting the middle stump so the decision had to be overturned. West Indies need somebody to calm things down here, its all too frenetic.
OUT! Leon Johnson 0 (6) LBW Philander.
Dale Steyn into the attack now. FOUR! Top edged it over de Villiers. Dot ball. Gayle has a waft but misses. FOUR! Gayle slashes and gets a boundary. That’s a poor delivery, too much width.OUT! Steyn gets his man, Gayle chances his arm once too often and nicks it through to de Villiers. South Africa get the coveted breakthrough. Leon Johnson has joined Dwayne Smith. Some sanity shall be restored. Dot ball. Wide. Dot again. Successful over for Steyn and South Africa.
OUT! Chris Gayle 41 (24) C de Villiers B Steyn
Vernon Philander to Chris Gayle. FOUR! This is right up Gayle’s ally. ANOTHER FOUR! Gayle’s getting stuck in here. He is in T20 mode. A couple to Gayle but that was tantalisingly close to being caught. The wind took the ball away from the fielder. Gayle survives. Dot ball, bouncer, Gayle has a swing but misses. Dot ball, slower ball. Final ball coming up and that was close again. Gayle went for the pull even with a fielder stationed on the square-leg boundary but it falls well short. Single to Gayle.




Its pouring at Kingsmead but it seems like a passing shower. The met departments prediction comes true, there was a storm forecast. It should spice up the pitch a little if anything, might work in South Africa’s favour.
Andre Russel to bowl out in the 48th over. OUT! Gets Philander out first ball of his final over. He is bowling a gem of a spell here. South Africa may struggle to reach 300 here. They are fumbling their way through the final remnants of their innings. They may commit the cardinal sin of not batting out their stipulated overs. One run to Steyn as Russel misfields of his own bowling. Dot ball. Another bouncer, brute of a delivery, Morkel takes his eyes off it but gets a leg bye as he was taking evasive action. Dot ball. FOUR! A rare poor delivery, full toss with width on offer, Steyn works it through the gap on the off side for a much needed boundary.
OUT! Vernon Philander 4 (8) C Johnson B Russel
Russel to continue the 46th over. Width offered, cut away down to third man for a brace by Duminy, misfield on the boundary helped. OUT! Short ball does the trick for Russel as Duminy edges to Ramdin, South African are collapsing here, the shadow of the ‘C’ word hovers over them perennially. Dale Steyn’s the new man in. Another bouncer, Steyn lets it go. Dot ball. West Indies have pegged things back here. One run, Steyn’s off the mark with a single to the sweeper on the off side. Dark clouds hang threateningly over Kingsmead Durban. Dot ball. Good over.
OUT! Jean Paul Duminy 12 (17) C Ramdin B Russel
Andre Russel to bowl the 44th over. A promising partnership developing here for South Africa. One run to Duminy. Couple to Behardien who is scoring at better than a run-a-ball. OUT! Another run out, the second in the South African innings, Behardien was found well short of the crease. Incidentally Russel was responsible for running Amla out as well, He is a fantastic athlete! Vernon Philander is in to bat with a job to do. Dot ball. One run, Philander off the mark. Another single to end the over. Duminy keeps strike.
OUT! Farhaan Behardien 12 (9) RUN OUT Russel
West Indies have got two massive wickets in quick succession. AB de Villiers cramped up in going down the wicket and attempting a big shot, he has holed out to long-on at a highly inopportune hour. A window of opportunity has opened up for the West Indies to restrict the Proteas to a reasonable score.
OUT! AB de Villiers 81 (94) C Russel B Benn




David Miller’s been dismissed for a superbly constructed, faster than a run-a-ball 70 in an attempt to further up the ante. He was caught at deep-cover by Dwayne Smith off the bowling of Jason Holder who just picked up his maiden wicket as West Indies ODI skipper.
OUT! David Miller 70 (68) C Smith B Holder


AB de Villiers and David Miller are inching closer to a hundred run partnership as South Africa go past the 200-run mark.  De Villiers and Miller have ensured South Africa keep up the momentum subsequent to the fall of Hashim Amla’s wicket. Both de Villiers and Miller are nip and tuck like a pair of legs in motion.


AB de Villiers notches up his 43rd ODI fifty as South Africa set themselves up for a final assault. De Villiers and David Miller have added 56-runs at a run-a-ball. West Indies need to strike soon or risk the match slipping out of their fingers like quick sand with the kind of mood Both de Villiers and Miller are in.


AB de Villiers and David Miller haven’t let the wicket stem the flow of runs. The pair continue scoring at a healthy six runs an over with consummate ease. The innings run rate is tantalisingly close to six runs an over as well.


Hashim Amla has been run out against the run of play for a run-a-ball 66. West Indies have broken a dangerous stand of 99 between Amla and AB de Villiers. But David Miller has come to the middle so there isn’t any respite for the visitors with a powerful South African middle order. De Villiers is well set on 31.
OUT! Hashim Amla 66 (66) RUN OUT Russel/Ramdin


South Africa have gone past the 100-run mark and Hashim Amla has brought up his 26th ODI fifty in the process as well as surpassing 5,000 ODI runs. He is the eighth South African to achieve the feat and also the fastest to the milestone.


Jerome Taylor struck for the second time in the fifth over as he rapped Faf du Plessis low on the pads with a full inswinger. Taylor has been immaculate with his line and length thus far and his reaped rewards for the same. AB de Villiers is in at number four for South Africa. While at the other end Hashim Amla is rollicking along as though he is playing a completely different game.
OUT! Faf du Plessis 0 (7) LBW Jerome Taylor


West Indies have been rewarded for their consistency over the first three overs. Jerome Taylor strikes in the third over to get rid of Rilee Rossouw for a duck. Faf du Plessis has joined Hashim Amla at the crease.
OUT! Rilee Rossouw 0 (5) B Jerome Taylor



TOSS:  South Africa have won the toss and elected to bat in the first ODI at Durban against West Indies. AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander all return to the side after a brief break. Jean Paul Duminy who played the last TWenty20 Internatiional also returns to the ODI side after recovering from injury. David miller also returns to the middle order after after missing the last T20I.

West Indies have been compelled to make a couple of changes in the wake of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard’s omission from the ODI side. Chris Gayle returs to the top of the order, leon Johnson who played the Tests at number three also finds favour. Jonathan Carter’s debuts for West Indies and Jerome Taylor also returns to strengthen the bowling unit.


South Africa: Hashim Amla, Rilee Rossouw, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (C&W), Jean Paul Duminy, Farhan Behardien, David Miller, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir

West Indies: Dwayne Smith, Chris Gayle, Leon Johnson, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (W), Jonathan Carter, Darren Sammy, Andre Russel, Jason Holder (C) , Sulieman Benn and Jerome Taylor

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the first ODI between South Africa and West Indies here at Kingsmead Durban. I am Ankur Dhawan and i will be bringing you the live updates from what promises to be an enthralling contest.

After a one-sided Test series dominated by the home team and an equally one sided Twenty20 International series won by the West Indies who turned the tables on the hosts, the two teams tussle for ODI supremecy. What gives this five match ODI series an edge is the fact that its the last dose of competitive cricket available to both South Africa and West Indies before the ICC Cricket World Cup in February 2015.

For South Africa a number of key players are back in the mix to kickstart the ODI campaign. We already got a glimpse of Jean paul Duminy in the third T20I, where he came to the crease and deposited his first ball into the stands. He will provide a lot of solidity to the South African middle order. In addition to his batting capabilities he will offer South africa a slow bowling option as well. South Africa’s batting will be further bolstered with the return of AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla at the helm of affairs. Dale Steyn, Morne Morken and Vernon Philander’s return will mean that South Africa’s bowling is back to full strength.

West Indies will be led by a new captain, in Jason Holder. He couldn’t have asked for a more challenging first assignment than South Africa at home. To compound matters He is without the services of key players such as Dwayne Bravo and Kieron pollard. But the West Indies will carry some of the momentum from the T20Is to the ODIs.















South Africa : AB de Villiers(c), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Kyle Abbott, Rilee Rossouw, Morne van Wyk(wk), Dale Steyn, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Imran Tahir, Aaron Phangiso, Morne Morkel.

West Indies : Jason Holder(c), Marlon Samuels, Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Darren Sammy, Carlos Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Sheldon Cottrell, Narsingh Deonarine, Leon Johnson, Denesh Ramdin (wk) , Andre Russell, Sulieman Benn, Jerome Taylor.

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