BRIDGETOWN (BARBADOS), June 25: Darren Bravo�s third hundred and impressive fast bowling from Shannon Gabriel propelled the West Indies to a 100-run win over South Africa in the ninth and final preliminary match of the Tri-Nation One-Day International Series. Bravo�s stroke-filled 102, which earned him the �Man of the Match� award, anchored an impressive recovery from 21 for four to lift the West Indies to 285 all out off 49.5 overs batting first at Kensington Oval yesterday.
Gabriel, in just his second ODI, then tore through the Proteas� vaunted top-order, taking the wickets of Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and captain A B de Villiers in the space of four fearsome overs. It was a setback from which they never recovered, eventually being dismissed for 186 off 46 overs despite a last-wicket partnership of 51 between Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir. Sunil Narine ensured there would be no escape for the South Africans after Gabriel�s early blast, the spinner taking three for 28 off ten overs.
�I�ve been getting starts in this series without really carrying on,� said Bravo after the match. �I worked extra hard in the nets yesterday and things just worked out for me today with the support of Polly (Kieron Pollard).�
West Indies: J Charles c Morris b Rabada 4, A Fletcher c wkpr de Kock b Parnell 8, D Bravo c du Plessis b Morris 102, M Samuels b Rabada 0, D Ramdin b Rabada 4, K Pollard c du Plessis b Morkel 62, J Holder c wkpr de Kock b Morris 40, C Brathwaite not out 33, S Narine run out 1, S Benn c Duminy b Morris 5, S Gabriel run out 2. Extras: (LB-5, NB-2, W-17) 24. Total: (all out; 49.5 overs) 285. Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-12, 3-12, 4-21, 5-177, 6-210, 7-264, 8-266, 9-275. Bowling: K Rabada 10-1-31-3, W Parnell 9.5-0-63-1, M Morkel 9-0-68-1, C Morris 10-0-63-3, I Tahir 10-0-40-0, JP Duminy 1-0-15-0.
South Africa: H Amla lbw Narine 16, Q de Kock c wkpr Ramdin b Gabriel 6, F du Plessis lbw Gabriel 3, AB de Villiers c wkpr Ramdin b Gabriel 2, F Behardien c Charles b Brathwaite 35, JP Duminy c Benn b Holder 5, C Morris c Pollard b Narine 7, W Parnell c sub (J. Carter) b Narine 28, K Rabada run out 9, M Morkel not out 32, I Tahir c wkpr Ramdin b Brathwaite 29. Extras: (B-8, W-5) 13. Total: (all out; 46 overs) 185. Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-24, 3-28, 4-35, 5-51, 6-65, 7-96, 8-118, 9-134. Bowling: J Holder 10-1-33-1, S Gabriel 5-1-17-3, S Narine 10-0-28-3, C Brathwaite 10-2-39-2, S Benn 10-0-51-0, A Fletcher 1-0-9-0. � AFP