Morkel helps SA seal series win over Windies

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Fast bowler Morne Morkel grabbed 4-21 on Friday as South Africa sealed a series win over West Indies with a 67-run victory in the third ODI.

Updated: May 29, 2010 10:06 IST
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Fast bowler Morne Morkel grabbed 4-21 on Friday as South Africa sealed a series win over West Indies with a 67-run victory in the third one-day international at Windsor Park.

The visitors took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series with its ninth straight one-day victory over the Caribbean team. The 25-year-old Morkel's career-best helped disrupt the West Indies' pursuit of South Africa's modest 224 all out off 47.2 overs. The home team was bowled out for 157 off 38 overs.Charl Langeveldt supported well with the crucial scalp of captain Chris Gayle on his way to 3-30.

Earlier, A.B. de Villiers' topscore of 70 off 80 balls anchored South Africa's total. The West Indies, buoyed by its disciplined bowling and fielding effort, lost Gayle at 29-1. Dale Richards (28) and veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul (24) shared a stand of 30 for the second wicket to keep South Africa at bay.

Morkel changed the direction of the game with the wickets of Richards and Darren Bravo in his first two overs. Richards edged a back foot stroke to first slip where Jacques Kallis pouched the second of two sharp catches. Bravo, in his first match of the series, played across the line and was plainly leg before at 63-3. Kallis kept his team on top with the wicket of Chanderpaul, who edged to wicket-keeper de Villiers. Dale Steyn, operating at speeds consistently in the 90 miles-per-hour mark, claimed Dwayne Bravo to a brute of a bouncer and the West Indies were in dire straights at 93-5.

All-rounders Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy offered brief respite before Langeveldt removed both to virtually seal the result. Jerome Taylor added to the gloom when he casually trotted through for a single and was run out by Steyn's direct hit from mid-on. Morkel finished off the contest with the wickets of left-handers Sulieman Benn and Ravi Rampaul.

Earlier, de Villiers struck two fours and a six to set up South Africa's total. The Proteas got another enterprising start from openers Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla, who added 53 inside the first 10 overs. The in-form Amla stroked five fours in 34 off 28 balls before he under-edged a cut at Benn, who claimed 2-43. Smith was the first of three scalps for Bravo (2-40). The left-hander came too far inside his stumps and was plumb leg before after compiling 29 off 41 deliveries.

Benn added the prized scalp of Jacques Kallis (31), who slashed a cut to backward point at 113-3. De Villiers and Alviro Petersen shared a stand of 40 for the fourth wicket before Petersen fell to spark a sharp decline. Petersen (16), trying to dab to third man, dragged onto his stumps at 153-4.

Johan Botha, forced to retire hurt by Ravi Rampaul after a ball squeezed through the grille of his helmet from a bouncer, scored 18 off 25 balls towards the end. Morne Morkel struck two fours in 14 off 13 balls. De Villiers' topscore was ended by a brilliant direct hit run out by Benn from long-off and the last five South African wickets tumbled for 18 runs. Medium pacer Pollard took 3-27.

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