Windies wilt to Proteas fire

Reuters, EAST LONDON, South Africa

Fri, Jan 23, 2015 - Page 19

The West Indies tour of South Africa hit a new low on Wednesday when they were bundled out for 122 in under 34 overs to lose the third one-day international by nine wickets at Buffalo Park.

The Proteas chased down their modest target with 25.2 overs to spare for the loss of only lefthanded opener Rilee Rossouw as Hashim Amla finished unbeaten with 61 and Faf du Plessis not out 51.

South Africa hold an unassailable 3-0 lead ahead of matches in Port Elizabeth on Sunday and Pretoria on Wednesday next week.

Imran Tahir had the best bowling figures for the home side of 4-28, but the pick of their attack was seamer Vernon Philander, who removed the dangerous Chris Gayle (1) on his way to 3-27 in eight overs.

After 730 runs were scored in the second ODI in Johannesburg on Sunday, only 245 were needed in East London as the West Indies capitulated on a wicket that was more of an even challenge between bat and ball, but nowhere near as hazardous as the tourists’ low total suggests.

Marlon Samuels top-scored for the tourists with 26.