South Africa managed to score 262 against West Indies in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) of the series at Port Elizabeth. South Africa were off to a horrid start with Sheldon Cottrell getting wickets of both openers cheaply. Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers were unable to put too many runs on the board either. But David Miller and JP Duminy put away fears of a total collapse by stitching a 90-run partnership.
The two were starting to look very threatening but just then Sammy got Duminy caught and bowled turning the match back in the favour of West Indies again. At 166 for five, Farhaan Behardien came in to assist a well set Miller but failed yet again, falling to Holder.
With Behardien’s wicket, Miller was left to contend with the tail-enders. Miller played a really mature innings and was assured at the crease right from the first delivery he faced and ensured he was there until the ending phases of the innings scoring a sedate maiden ODI-century, reaching the landmark in 122 deliveries.
The West Indian bowling was a collective effort. They all bowled well early on. The decision to replace a struggling Jerome Taylor with Cottrell payed off. Andre Russell and Darren Sammy contributed with timely wickets. Skipper, Holder picked four wickets, two of which came in the last over. But once, Miller got to his hundred, all their good work came undone as he started unleashing powerful strokes on the bowlers.
After getting to his century, Miller smashed 30 off 11 deliveries. His opportunities to face more deliveries and cause more carnage were limited due to a ridiculous decision by Wayne Parnell to take a single on the last ball of the 49th Over, keeping strike for himself at a heavy price. He got out on the second ball of the last over, Aaron Phangiso followed him to the hut the very next delivery. Kyle Abbott walked in next and finally Miller got to face only a single delivery in the over, from which he scored two runs.
Earlier West Indies won the toss and Holder put South Africa in to bat. Cottrell got his debut ODI cap and didn’t fail the selectors’ faith. The West Indian bowlers in general displayed a lot of intent today and with the exception of Duminy and Miller, didn’t let any partnership flourish.
South Africa 262 for 8 in 50 overs (David Miller 130*, JP Duminy 43; Jason Holder 4 for 53) vs West Indies