Vernon Philander triggered the collapse, getting the openers cheaply © Getty Images
Vernon Philander triggered the collapse, getting the openers cheaply © Getty Images

Jan 21, 2015

In yet another pathetic display by West Indies in the series, they got steamrolled for 122. Going by recent form, the South Africans should have no trouble in chasing down this paltry total. None of the West Indian batsmen displayed any resolve to dig in and get runs.

Right from the start the West Indian batsmen looked either uneasy or irresponsible. Chris Gayle fell for 1, and Dwayne Smith for 5, leaving West Indies at 6 for two. Vernon Philander with his nagging line and movement got both batsmen upfront. Gayle’s poor run in the ODI form seems incessant. He’s got just one half-century in the last 15 ODI innings.

A little while later, Narsingh Deonarine fell to Dale Steyn, becoming his 150th victim in One-Day Internationals. The wicket left West Indies reeling at 33/3. Steyn got to the landmark in his 96th match with an impressive average of 25.22. With his tail up he soon got his 151st victim in the form of Denesh Ramdin.

After that, the wicket bleed flew on without any signs of relenting. Marlon Samuels got out on 26, which in context of the innings was a decent score. Andre Russell and Jonathan Carter were trying to dig and score sedately but Russell soon fell prey to impatience, giving Morne Morkel the charge and having his timber disturbed.

Carter then fell to Tahir in a marginal lbw call, leaving West Indies without any hope for a revival. Carlos Brathwaite became the next victim of Tahir’s googly, scoring just four runs. Philander got his third wicket in the form of Jerome Taylor for a duck. With West Indies at 96 for nine, one suspected if they’d even make it to 100 but Sulieman Benn smashed a boundary saving them some face.

After that, the tail-enders, Jason Holder and Sulieman Benn tried to take the attack to the South African and were to some extent successful, taking the total to 122 with a few boundaries but finally the inevitable happened, Tahir taking the last wicket

Brief Scores

West Indies (Marlon Samuels 26; Imran Tahir 28 for four Vernon Philander 27 for three) versus South Africa

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