Morkel, Langeveldt set up comprehensive win for South Africa
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 29th May 2010
South African bowlers came to the fore when their batsmen pulled up short and the result was another comprehensive win for the visitors which enabled them to take a winning 3-0 lead in the five match series against West Indies at the Windsor Park here on Friday.
Monie Morkel (four for 21) and Charl Langeveldt (three for 30) blew away the West Indies, chasing 225 runs for a win, was bundled out for 157 runs. The West Indies bowlers did well to restrict South Africa to 224 runs but were let down by their batsmen. None of the top-order batsmen showed the gumption to stay and build an innings on a pitch which was two paced. The South African bowlers exploited the conditions to the hilt. Morkel was unplayable with his steepling bounce and pace and Langeveldt swung it at lively pace.
West Indies batting depends so much on Chris Gayle and the skipper once again courted failure. Gayle, after depositing Langeveldt for a six, tried another crude slog and the ball moved a shade away to take the edge and Kallis bucket fingers cupped an easy catch. Richards looked uncomfortable at crease though he played a few pleasing drives but Monie Morkelís introduction changed the complexion of the contest. West Indies which was placed comfortably at 58 for one lost two quick wickets as Morkel made the ball talk. Richards and Bravo left in quick succession and the hosts needed Chanderpaul to anchor the innings. The left-hander played a typical innings of accumulation before he poked at a delivery from Kallis. Steyn was all fire and brimstone in his second spell and Bravo gloved a catch to De Villiers to leave West Indies tottering at 93 for five. There were no heroics from Pollard and Sammy this time around as both of them fell in to Langeveldt cheaply in the same over. Taylor was run-out in that eventful over. But Ramdin and Benn delayed the inevitable with a 29-run ninth wicket stand that saw West Indies cross 150.
Earlier, De Villiers continued his fine form with the bat to score 70 runs and anchored the South African innings. Contrast with the West Indies batsmen who thrived on their hit and miss style, De Villiers eschewed risky shots during his stay and concentrated on working the ball into gaps. He struck only two boundaries in his 80 ball innings. But it was Amla and Smith who gave the innings the momentum with their 53 run opening wicket stand. Kiren Pollard and Benn kept it tight in the middle overs as South Africans failed to hit a single boundary off nearly eight overs. De Villiers broke the shackles pulling a rank long off from Pollard to the mid-wicket fence. But Peteresen and Miller fell in quick succession as South Africa slipped to 162 for five in the 35th over. There was a brief rally when Botha and De Villiers added 35 for the sixth wickets before Botha had to leave the field injured. That sparked off a collapse as South Africa slumped from 197 for five to 224 all out in space of seven overs.