David Miller's maiden ODI hundred helped South Africa post a challenging target © Getty Images
David Miller’s maiden ODI hundred helped South Africa post a challenging target © Getty Images

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West Indies have won the toss and elected to field first in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) against South Africa at Port Elizabeth on Sunday. West Indies will be searching desperately for a win, having already lost the series 3-0. There are a lot of changes in the South African line-up: Hashim Amla, Imran Tahir, Dale Steyn, and Vernon Philander are being rested, and have been replaced by Morne van Wyk, Kyle Abbott, Aaron Phangiso, and Wayne Parnell.

Smith 0(3) Gayle 10(19) Johnson 18(40) Samuels 68(93) Ramdin 3(5) Carter 5(13) Sammy 51(52) Russell 64*(40) Holder 13(12) Brathwaite 11(14) Cottrell 1*(1)
Morkel 9-1-58-1 Abbott 9.3-1-62-0 Duminy 6-0-29-2 Phangiso 10-1-41-0 Parnell 10-0-48-1 Behardien 4-0-21-2

FOUR! Hits Abbott hard through backward point, just three more now, Sammy looks on the verge of jumping on to the ground. Dot. WHAT. A. BALL. Straight into the blockhole, Russell somehow manages to keep it out. SIX! Whoooooooooooa! Straight over long-on, out of the park, it’s all over!
One. Cottrell drives to long-off, gets off strike. SIX! Slightly short, Russell heaves it over wide long-on, just three more of these required! SIX! Flatter, Russell steps out and lofts it into the stands, fifty comes up, two more sixes left! Two. Butchered through extra-cover, amazing fielding from Miller on the fence, saved a couple. Wide. Down the leg, a matter of two fours now. Leg-bye. They run maniacally and make it!
Brathwaite, desperate to get Russell back on strike, pushed one to de Villiers at mid-wicket. There was no run in it, and Brathwaite was short by a distance.
The debutant Cottrell is the last man out.
OUT! Brathwaite run out (de Villiers) 11(14)!
Dot. Short-pitched, Brathwaite lets it go, falls down in the process. One. Brathwaite steers, AB de Villiers catches it but the ball spills out, Russell comes back on strike. Dot. Russell is beaten outside off. WIDE. Russell has a wild swipe but it’s too far. Dot. Takes off from a length, Russell beaten, lucky not to have an edge, the ball is doing quite a lot suddenly. Dot. Tries to cut, too close to the body. Dot. Drama! Russell edges it and is given, but he reviews; no edge there!
Brathwaite ate up a few balls before giving Russell the strike back, but once Russell faced, he dismissed Morkel over long-off for six. Morkel responded with a slow bouncer.
Following an excellent 44th over (two runs) from Phangiso, Brathwaite kept West Indies in the hunt with a huge six off Abbott.
Russell and Holder hit out, bringing the asking rate closer to six an over. Then Holder tried to clear mid-on off Duminy, and Holder leaped in the air to come up with an outstanding one-handed catch!
OUT! Holder c Miller b Duminy 13(12)!
Samuels and Russell added 23 from 19 with Russell scoring most of the runs while Samuels held one end up. It seemed that they may tilt the match to the advantage of West Indies when Behardien sent down a slow delivery that moved in a little and hit timber.
OUT! Samuels b Behardien 68(93)!
Sammy hit a six and a four off consecutive deliveries from Abbott, but tried one shot too many. AB went back and back before coming up with a spectacular tumbling catch, big wicket!
Russell walks out, but Samuels holds the key here.
OUT! Sammy c de Villiers b Parnell 51(52)!
Things have improved for West Indies. With both Samuels and Carter playing their shots, West Indies have suddenly brought some contest into the match. Samuels finished the 35th over with a six over deep third man, match on!
Samuels and Carter trudge along, helping West Indies to the closest they can get to a hard-fought victory. Though Carter has sweated it out, Samuels holds the key. They need to hang around for at least 12 more overs before going for the final kill.
Samuels and Carter were trying a rescue act, but the singles were not coming. A frustrated Carter set off for a run, but Samuels never responded, leaving Carter stranded in the middle. He was not even in the frame when the bails were whipped off.
Sammy walks out to bat.
OUT! Carter run out 5(13)!
Yet another bites the dust! Behardien bowls straight, it keeps low, Ramdin misses, Behardien strikes, West Indies is in tatters now.
OUT! Ramdin lbw b Behardien 3(5)!
Just when the partnership seemed to blossom, an incredible throw from de Villiers at cover found him short of the crease. Samuels had never responded, to be honest. It was an excellent throw; all van Wyk had to do was to whip the bails off.
Ramdin walks out
OUT! Johnson run out (de Villiers) 18(40)!
Johnson and Samuels have started playing their strokes. South Africa almost got a wicket when Johnson slogged Parnell over mid-wicket. Duminy caught it but could not maintain his balance and touched the rope, and the umpire signalled six.
Gayle threatened to cut loose, hitting a four off Abbott. In a surprise move, de Villiers replaced Morkel with Duminy, who struck first ball as Gayle holed out to Behardien at cover.
Samuels walks out.
OUT! Gayle c Behardien b Duminy 10(19)!
Excellent bowling from Morkel (3-1-4-1) and Abbott (2-1-3-0), bothering both batsmen. Johnson has been hit twice, but he refuses to flinch. Gayle, who is looking extremely cool in his shades, is yet to explode. The next five overs may be interesting.

 

 

Drama! The first ball rapped Smith on the pad, de Villiers reviewed, but it was missing leg. The second ball missed the inside edge. The third shattered the stumps.
OUT! Smith b Morkel 0(3)!
van Wyk 18(24) Rossouw 4(3) du Plessis 4(11) de Villiers 19(25) Miller 130*(133) Duminy 43(68) Behardien 12(16) Parnell 12(17) Phangiso 0(1) Abbott 1*(2)
Cottrell 6-0-39-2 Holder 10-1-53-4 Russell 10-1-60-1 Sammy 10-1-46-1 Brathwaite 10-1-39-0 Samuels 3-0-19-0 Gayle 1-0-4-0
Miller went bonkers after he reached his hundred, taking 32 off two overs. Holder pulled things back in the final over, taking out Parnell and Phangiso in consecutive balls and conceding only three. All in all, a terrific performance from Miller.
OUT! Parnell b Holder 12(17)! Phangiso c Johnson b Holder 0(1)!
South Africa looked to accelerate, but were held back by some tight bowling from the West Indians. Miller eventually brought up his hundred in the 48th over.
Just when Miller was on the verge of acceleration, Holder brought one in to hit timber. Miller’s hitting has to wait for some time now. Meanwhile Behardien fails… again…
OUT! Behardien b Russell 12(16)!
It has been all Miller since those quick wickets. Duminy provided solid support, but the day has certainly belonged to Miller. Meanwhile, Behardien has walked out, but is yet to get a start.
What seemed to be another quiet phase of play was brought to an end by Sammy. The pair had put up 90 before Sammy bowled a gentle off-cutter that Duminy hit back at him. Sammy has been excellent today with his variations.
Behardien walks out.
OUT! Duminy c & b Sammy 43(68)!
Miller and Duminy carry on, putting the pressure slowly back on the West Indians. The four wickets seem a thing of the past as the two men rotated the strike well and hit the occasional four. Sammy sent down a maiden in the 31st over, keeping Miller on 49.
More consolidation on the way. Miller looks in control as Brathwaite and Samuels toil for wickets. While Miller has been the dominant partner, Duminy came to the party with two well-swept boundaries.
Another sedate phase of batting. Following de Villiers’ dismissal they are looking to consolidate, Duminy holding one end up while Miller is getting the runs.
It seemed to be a sedate five overs of batting from de Villiers and Miller. Unnecessary risks were unlikely. Russell and Sammy settled down well. AB hit one back to Sammy when he was on 6, but it was too fast, and Sammy could only touch it with his fingertips as it screamed above his head. Not difficult, but certainly catchable. Then Russell struck, finding AB’s inside edge. AB walked, not waiting for the umpire.
OUT! de Villiers c Ramdin b Russell 19(25)!
End of Mandatory Powerplay. Holder and Cottrell seem to get some sort of rhythm going. Neither Miller nor de Villiers has shown any real intent to go after the bowling, but that is understandable given the state of the match. We know these two can explode, but what they need now is to build a 30-over long partnership.
Meanwhile, here’s Russell.
That is out! The debutant is on song here! Van Wyk chased one outside off from Cottrell, and Ramdin plucked that one out of thin air, what a catch!
Miller walks out.
OUT! van Wyk c Ramdin b Cottrell 18(24)!
Cottrell and Holder have been somewhat off radar today, allowing van Wyk to feast on them. South Africa, despite the early wicket of Rossouw, seemed to be cruising along, when Holder struck. He found Faf’s edge, and Ramdin flew to his right to come up with an astonishing catch.
OUT! du Plessis c Ramdin b Holder 4(11)!
A few wayward balls from Cottrell and Taylor. Rossouw hit two boundaries and Taylor one, and Cottrell send one very wide down the leg for five wides. Fortunately, he induced an edge off next ball.
That was Cottrell’s first ODI wicket.
OUT! Rossouw c Sammy b Cottrell 4(3)!
It is nice to see de Kock in the pavilion with that trademark innocent smile. He is way ahead of schedule in terms of getting back to business, or that is what the South African medical team says. Will he play the fifth ODI?
Cottrell, the debutant, it will be; van Wyk will be on strike, Rossouw at the other end. The captain himself with the new ball at the other after Cottrell had conceded nine. Let us see how things turn out.
Sheldon Cottrell makes his ODI debut today.

Teams:

South Africa: Rilee Rossouw, Morne van Wyk(w), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers(c), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Morne Morkel, Kyle Abbott.

West Indies: Dwayne Smith, Chris Gayle, Leon Johnson, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin(w), Jonathan Carter, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell.


Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the fourth One-Day International (ODI) between South Africa and West Indies at Port Elizabeth. I am Abhishek Mukherjee, and I will bring you live updates from this match. West Indies were decimated in the previous game at East London after the bowlers ran through the hapless West Indian batsmen. Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis then calmly proceeded to finish things off as the Proteas took the series with two matches to spare.

After AB de Villiers scored the fastest-ever ODI century at Johannesburg, it was Vernon Philander and Imran Tahir who made West Indies sweat in the previous match. Amla continued his excellent form, while du Plessis chipped in with an unbeaten half-century as well. The teams now head to Port Elizabeth in the first of two dead rubbers. READ: South Africa vs West Indies 4th ODI preview.

South Africa have already won the series 3-0, and have dominated the visitors completely. West Indies have been humiliated in the tour so far. After losing the Test series 2-0, they managed to win the Twenty20 International (T20I) series 2-1. However, post the T20s, things went back to the way they have been for a while. READ: JP Duminy not concerned with whitewash.

The Proteas would like to see the likes of David Miller and Farhaan Behardien fire in the remaining two matches. Quinton de Kock is expected to be back from injury as well, though the Proteas might not want to rush him in till he is fully match fit. South Africa’s coach Russell Domingo has also revealed his intentions of making Morne van Wyk play in order to rest de Villiers from wicketkeeping in the final two matches.

Amla is also unlikely to play the ODI at Port Elizabeth, but is likely to return for the final at Centurion. Earlier, Domingo said that he intends on making the full squad play ahead of the 2015 World Cup, which is co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. In that case, Wayne Parnell, Kyle Abbott and Aaron Phangiso could also feature in the remaining two matches. Ideally a good batting pitch, another high scoring match can be expected at Port Elizabeth.

Squads

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.

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