Morne van Wyk stars as South Africa stuns West Indies

Opener and wicketkeeper Morne van Wyk scored an unbeaten century to steer South Africa to a 69-run win over West Indies in the third and final T20 International in Durban to prevent a series whitewash.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
15th January 2015

article:15th January 2015

Electric: Morne van Wyk smashed 114 from 70 balls against the West Indies.
Electric: Morne van Wyk smashed 114 from 70 balls against the West Indies.

Opener and wicketkeeper Morne van Wyk scored an unbeaten century to steer South Africa to a 69-run win over West Indies in the third and final T20 International in Durban to prevent a series whitewash.

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Van Wyk scored 114 not out from 70 balls, which included nine fours and seven maximums, as he steered the Proteas to an imposing total of 195 for three from their 20 overs.

In reply, the West Indies never got going and were bowled out for 126 in 19 overs.

It meant West Indies won the series 2-1 ahead of the first of five ODIs between the two sides on Friday at the same venue.

The visitors won the toss and chose to field and could have rued that decision early on when it took until the 13th over to claim the first South African wicket when Hendricks was caught by Dwayne Smith off the bowling of Kieron Pollard for 42.

By then, South Africa had already passed the 100 mark and the West Indies had to wait until the score was on 158 before they claimed their next wicket when David Wiese was bowled by Dwayne Bravo for 21.

Rilee Roussouw was dismissed for a duck by Sheldon Cottrell the following over, with Jean-Paul Duminy (seven) joining Van Wyk for the last seven balls.

In reply, the West Indies started brightly in their bid to reach the target of 196 but lost their first wicket on 48 when Smith (five) was bowled by Phangiso.

Marlon Samuels (six) departed soon after, caught by Justin Ontong off the bowling of Wiese, before the right arm quick also, accounted for Lendl Simmons for 49. That left the visitors stuttering on 68 for three and they never recovered from that position.

Wiese was the main man for South Africa, ending up with figures of five for 23 from his four overs. 

Justin Ontong, who took over as South African captain in place of Faf du Plessis, said the players were determined to prevent a series whitewash.

“We wanted it more. We let ourselves down in the first two games. We were hungry tonight,” he said.

West Indies captain Darren Sammy said he was delighted with the attitude of the players during the series.

“I commend the way the boys played this series. Today we wanted to win but we’ll take a series win,” said Sammy.


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