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West Indies will play 5 ODIs & 2 T20s, followed by 3 test matches during the South Africa tour starting December 16 2007.
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Cricket Matches Schedule
- Sun 16, December 2007: 1st T20 - South Africa vs West Indies at Port Elizabeth
- Wed 26 - Sun 30, December 2007: 1st Test - South Africa vs West Indies at Port Elizabeth
- Wed 2 - Sun 6, January 2008: 2nd Test - South Africa vs West Indies at Cape Town
- Thu 10 - Mon 14, January 2008: 3rd Test - South Africa vs West Indies at Durban
- Fri 18, January 2008: 2nd T20 - South Africa vs West Indies at Johannesburg
- Sun 20, January 2008: 1st ODI - South Africa vs West Indies at Centurion
- Fri 25, January 2008: 2nd ODI - South Africa vs West Indies at Cape Town
- Sun 27, January 2008: 3rd ODI - South Africa vs West Indies at Port Elizabeth
- Fri 01, February 2008: 4th ODI - South Africa vs West Indies at Durban
- Sun 03, February 2008: 5th ODI - South Africa vs West Indies at Johannesburg
South Africa vs West Indies Cricket Series 2008
South Africa vs West Indies 5th ODI at Johannesburg
South Africa beat West Indies in final ODI (5:0)
Feb 03, 2008Herschelle Gibbs struck an imperious century to spur South Africa to an eight-wicket win over West Indies on Sunday and a clean sweep in the five-match series.
Gibbs (102) and Jacques Kallis (74 not out) shared a 175-run second wicket partnership as South Africa achieved a target of 211 in 31 overs with eight wickets and 13 balls to spare. It completed a 5-0 series sweep for South Africa.
Pollock was promoted to number four in the batting order and hit the winning runs, finishing with 10 not out. Two lengthy rain interruptions threatened to put a damper on Pollock's final match before retiring from international cricket.
The West Indies made a challenging total of 295 for seven after being sent in to bat, with Devon Smith hitting 91.
SA vs WI, 5th ODI, Johannesburg: South Africa 211-2 beat West Indies 295-7 by eight wickets (D/L method)
South Africa vs West Indies 4th ODI at Durban
South Africa defeat West Indies in fourth ODI (4:0)
Feb 01, 2008Retiring hometown hero Shaun Pollock fittingly hit the winning runs in his last international match at Kingsmead as South Africa cruised to a five-wicket victory over West Indies.
The 34-year-old all-rounder, playing his penultimate international before retiring, sent a full toss from Dwayne Bravo to the boundary to ease the hosts past their victory target to go 4-0 up in the five-match series. After winning the toss and opting to bat, Jerome Taylor smashed a quickfire 43 to help West Indies recover from a middle-order collapse and post 263 for nine.
Herschelle Gibbs led the Proteas' response with a blistering 77 from 86 balls while captain Graeme Smith hit an aggressive 50 before Pollock finished the job off.
Smith smashed his third half-century of the series - his 35th in ODIs - before being caught next ball by Shivnarine Chanderpaul at short mid-wicket off Darren Sammy with the total on 77. Jacques Kallis contributed just one before getting an outside edge to Sammy at point off the bowling of Fidel Edwards, and then Gibbs got an inside edge in Dwayne Bravo's first over and dragged onto his leg stump for 39. And Bravo made the next breakthrough when JP Duminy miscued and was caught by Taylor at mid-on for 44.
AB De Villiers passed 2000 ODI runs on his way to 77 before finding Bravo at mid-wicket off the bowling of Daren Powell. But Pollock and Mark Boucher saw the South Africans home with more than two overs to spare. Both finished 21 not out, with Pollock hitting a four off Bravo to conclude matters.
Earlier on Friday, the tourists had been 206 for nine before Taylor's late cameo - his career-best unbeaten 43 coming from just 21 balls - helped guide them to their highest total of the series.
SA vs WI, 4th ODI, Durban: South Africa 266-5 (47.5 overs) beat West Indies 263-9 (50 overs)
South Africa vs West Indies 3rd ODI at Port Elizabeth
South Africa beat West Indies by seven wickets (3:0)
Jan 27, 2008Jacques Kallis hit an unbeaten 121 to guide South Africa to a series-clinching seven-wicket triumph over West Indies in the third one-day international in Port Elizabeth today.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first at St George's Park, the tourists posted a testing 252 for seven, thanks largely to a brilliant 98 from Marlon Samuels. A 52 by opener Sewnarine Chattergoon also contributed to the Windies' healthy tally while Patrick Browne weighed in with 35. The Proteas reached 256 for three with eight balls to spare, Kallis leading the way with a century off 120 balls while captain Graeme Smith contributed 56 to secure an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
The fourth ODI takes place in Durban on Friday.
SA vs WI, 3rd ODI, Port Elizabeth: South Africa 256-3 (48.4 overs) beat West Indies 252-7 (50 overs) by seven wickets
South Africa vs West Indies 2nd ODI at Cape Town
South Africa beat West Indies by 86 runs (2:0)
Jan 25, 2008Morne Morkel returned from injury Friday and took a career-best four wickets for 36 to help South Africa defeat West Indies by 86 runs in the second of five one-day internationals.
After South Africa reached 255 for nine, Shaun Pollock blunted the West Indies response at the start. Playing his last international match at Newlands Stadium, Pollock took early wicket of opener Brenton Parchment, caught in the gully off a lifting delivery for eight, and the West Indies struggled to 169 all out. With a four-pronged pace attack, South Africa's bowlers kept the West Indies batsmen in check while Sewnarine Chattergoon and Runako Morton tried to lay a foundation for the chase.
Pollock finished his international career at Newlands in his 300th one-day international with two for 13 off 10 overs. He started his one-day international career at the same ground with a man-of-the match performance against England in a six-run win, and he was named man-of-the-match for his Friday's performance
South Africa won the first match by six wickets on Jan 20. The next match will be played in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
SA vs WI, 2nd ODI, Cape Town: South Africa 255-9 (50 overs) beat West Indies 169 (48.2 overs) by 86 runs
South Africa vs West Indies 1st ODI at Centurion
Duminy steers South Africa to victory (1:0)
Jan 20, 2008Jean-Paul Duminy made a composed half-century to take South Africa to a six-wicket win in the first one-day international against the West Indies at Centurion Park Sunday.
The left-handed Duminy made a career-best unbeaten 79 as South Africa overhauled a West Indian total of 175 with two overs to spare in a match reduced by rain to 36 overs a side. Duminy, 23, came in after South Africa lost their first two wickets for four runs. He shared stands of 55 for the third wicket with Jacques Kallis, 59 for the fourth with Justin Ontong and an unbeaten 58 for the fifth wicket with Mark Boucher. The Duminy-Ontong stand was crucial as the two inexperienced batsmen came together when rain was falling and South Africa were behind according to the Duckworth/Lewis method.
After starting with a wide, he dismissed Ontong for 23 with a spectacular catch off his own bowling, racing down the pitch and diving full length after the ball looped up off the splice of the bat. The West Indies were floundering at 81 for six after being sent in to bat in seam-friendly conditions. They achieved a competitive total through a 69-run seventh wicket stand between Runako Morton (41) and Darren Sammy (51), the last recognised batsmen in their side.
Sammy reached a maiden international half-century with a flurry of hitting, which featured three sixes, two of which came off successive balls from Albie Morkel in the penultimate over. Sammy was dropped at long-on by substitute fielder Johan Botha off Morkel when he was on 23 and should have been run out on 49 by a flick onto the stumps by Boucher when he was casual about making his ground. Umpire Rudi Koerten did not call for a decision by the television umpire but a replay showed his foot was in the air.
South African captain Graeme Smith had no hesitation in sending the West Indies in when it was decided that play would start three-and-a-quarter hours late. The bowlers dominated on a lively pitch until Morton and Sammy effected their team's revival. Fast bowler Dale Steyn took two for 24 and Andre Nel two for 36.
Shaun Pollock, playing in his final series after announcing his retirement from international cricket, took one for 19 with an immaculate spell with the new ball and contributed to two run-outs with accurate throws from the deep.
SA vs WI, 1st ODI, Centurion: South Africa 176-4 (34 overs) beat West Indies 175 (35.5 overs) by six wickets
South Africa vs West Indies 2nd Twenty20 at Port Elizabeth
Pollock guides South Africa to Twenty20 victory
Jan 18, 2008South-African all-rounder Shaun Pollock, playing his last Twenty20 match, steered his team by an emphatic all-round performance to register a nail-biting four-wicket win over touring West Indies team in Johannesburg as he bids adieu from Twenty20 internationals on Friday.
Chasing the target of 131 Plock romped Proteas home at 134 for 6, with four balls to spare, after smashing two fours and two big heaves over the park in his 36 not out off 25 balls. Pollock, who announced in the last Test played against the visitors that he will be hanging his boots after a five-match one-day series which starts at Centurion on Sunday, shared a match-winning unbeaten stand of 57 off 33 balls for the seventh wicket alongwith Albie Morkel, who remained unbeaten on 28.
South Africa was in dire straits after they were reduced to 77 for six with some fine bowling by the Windies bowlers in favourable conditions. The Proteas still needed 55 runs to win in 6.1 overs at that stage but Pollock held the fort and took the home team safely through the rough Windies winds. South Africa required 21 off the last two overs as Pollock smacked the first two balls of the penultimate over for six off-spinner Marlon Samuels that eased down the pressure to an extent.
Earlier, West Indies made 131 for seven after being sent in on a pitch, which gave substantial amount of help to the fast bowlers. Windies team was in precarious situation when they were tottering at 79 for six in the 15th over. But stand-in captain Dwayne Bravo dished out an attacking innings and made useful contribution of 24 off 17 balls. Though he studded two sixes but extras came as the biggest contributor in their innings total. Extras were 29 including a noteworthy 15 byes.
Darren Sammy's unbeaten 14 and Jerome Taylor's seven not out produced West Indies a valuable stand of 30 for the eighth wicket to take the team to fighting total of 131. Pollock finished with 15 wickets in 12 Twenty20 internationals. West Indies captain, Chris Gayle, had still not recovered from a broken thumb and the side led by Bravo, who also led the side in the third and final Test in Durban.
SA vs WI, 2nd Twenty20, Johannesburg: South Africa 134-6 beat West Indies 131-7 by four wickets
South Africa vs West Indies 3rd Test at Durban
South Africa seals series win (2-1)
Jan 12, 2008Fast bowler Dale Steyn took six West Indies wickets on Saturday to lead South Africa to an innings victory in the third Test and a 2-1 win in the three-match series.
Steyn finished with 6-72 and South Africa won by an innings and 100 runs - with two days to spare - after West Indies' second innings ended at 317-9, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul unable to bat because of flu. West Indies won the first test by 128 runs and South Africa levelled the series with a seven-wicket win in the second Test.
West Indies faced an uphill task to save the third Test after South Africa dismissed the visitors for 139 in their first innings at Kingsmead Stadium, and then scored 556-4 in reply. After a fourth-wicket stand of 144 between Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo, Steyn struck with the second new ball of the innings, dismissing Bravo leg before wicket for 75 soon after tea.
But Samuels managed to bring up his second test century, making 105 off 190 balls with 18 boundaries. Denesh Ramdin stayed with Samuels and made 25 before Andre Nel tempted him to flash at a wide delivery outside the off stump and give an easy catch to Mark Boucher. Shortly after making his century, Samuels fell to a delivery from Steyn which clipped his off stump.
The dismissal signaled a collapse for West Indies, and Steyn ripped through the rest of the tail. Darren Sammy was out for 17 in a looping caught-and-bowled by Steyn, who also hit the offstumps of Daren Powell and Fidel Edwards - both for ducks - to wrap up the match. Steyn was named man of the series for his 20 wickets in the series at an average of 19.10.
Earlier, Samuels and Bravo saw West Indies reach 230-3 at tea after a poor start to the day. Resuming on their overnight total of 23, opening batsmen Darren Ganga and Brenton Parchment added 10 more runs before Parchment was trapped leg before wicket by Steyn for 20. Makhaya Ntini then induced a loose shot from Ganga who edged a simple catch to Kallis at second slip for 11. Shaun Pollock came into the attack and had Runako Morton leg before wicket for 37. Morton did not offer a shot on a ball that cut back in on him.
SA vs WI, 3rd Test, Durban: South Africa 556-4d beat West Indies 139 & 317 by an inns & 100 runs
South Africa vs West Indies 2nd Test at Cape Town
South Africa beat West Indies by 7 wickets (1:1)
Jan 05, 2008South Africa hit 186 runs in 35 overs to beat West Indies by seven wickets and a day to spare in the second test. The three-match series is now tied 1-1.
South Africa quickly reached 186-3 in its second innings, with captain Graeme Smith returning to form with 85 off 79 balls, including 11 boundaries.
Earlier, West Indies captain Chris Gayle came back in to bat with a broken thumb to help his team reach 262 with a 70-run last-wicket partnership. Set 185 to win, South Africa chose to play aggressively after rain was forecast for Sunday at Newlands Stadium.
Undefeated batsmen Jacques Kallis (22) and Ashwell Prince (12) finished it off for South Africa. A.B. de Villiers opened the innings with Smith due to Neil McKenzie's calf muscle tear. De Villiers hit 23 in 24 balls before falling to a good catch by substitute Darren Sammy at midwicket off the bowling of Dwayne Bravo.
Hashim Amla joined the run chase, hitting 37 in support of Smith in a partnership of 83 in just 17 overs. Amla and Smith each fell to slip catches by Gayle off legspinner Rawl Lewis. Gayle used his uninjured right hand after fracturing his left thumb when he was hit on the hand by Andre Nel in the first over of the day's play.
The third test starts in Durban on Thursday. West Indies won the first test by 128 runs in Port Elizabeth.
SA vs WI, 2nd Test, Cape Town: South Africa 321 & 186-3 beat West Indies 243 & 262 by seven wickets
South Africa vs West Indies 1st Test at Port Elizabeth
West Indies wins first-ever test in South Africa (1:0)
Dec 30, 2007Confounding the skeptics in maintaining their discipline and sense of purpose, the West Indies completed one of the greatest upsets in recent Test history yesterday, trouncing South Africa by 128 runs late on the fourth day of the first Test of the three-match series.
Casting aside the disappointment of being dismissed for just 175 in their second innings, the much-maligned Caribbean side earned their first Test triumph anywhere for two-and-a-half years and first ever in South Africa in restricting the hosts to 260 all out after they were set a daunting target of 389. In keeping with the total team effort that produced this remarkable result, Fidel Edwards made amends for his indifferent performance in the first innings, bowling with unsettling pace and hostility to have the home side faltering at 20-3.
He returned later in the day to claim the prized scalp of Jacques Kallis for the top score of 85 - albeit via a generous slice of luck - and effectively put the seal on the tourists' victory march. But his haul of 3-37 was not singular in propelling the West Indies to victory for Jerome Taylor (3-66) also made a significant impact, as did the other member of the pace trio, Daren Powell, who consigned Herschelle Gibbs to the second "pair" of his Test career.
For four members of the team - Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Runako Morton and Darren Sammy - it was the first time they were playing in a winning Test team, with Bravo's run of 23 matches without success since his debut at Lord's in 2004 making him the player with the third highest number of matches played before enjoying a Test victory in the history of the game. The result also ended the West Indies' winless Test streak at 20 matches, equalling their previous longest barren period from 1969 to 1973.
SA vs WI, 1st Test, Port Elizabeth: West Indies 408 & 175 beat South Africa 195 & 260 by 128 runs
South Africa vs West Indies 1st Twenty20 at Port Elizabeth
Windies start with win
Dec 16, 2007West Indies began their tour of South Africa with a five-wicket win in a rain-affected Twenty20 match in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
In a game reduced to 13 overs per side due to bad weather, the Windies had their hosts reeling on 22 for seven at one stage before Johan Botha came in and struck 28 not out from 22 balls. He was the only Proteas player to manage double figures, though, as they finished on 58 for eight. Chasing 59 to win, West Indies wasted little time and reached 60 for five with 19 balls to spare. Runako Morton hit 20 while Twenty20 debutant Brenton Parchment struck 10 and Denesh Ramdin 12 not out to guide the tourists to victory.
Dale Steyn continued his impressive form with the ball with figures of four for nine - the best bowling figures for South Africa in Twenty20 internationals - in a losing cause. Man of the match Jerome Taylor claimed three for six from his three overs.
SA vs WI, 1st Twenty20, Port Elizabeth: West Indies 60-5 beat South Africa 58-8 by five wickets
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Cricket series schedule
- Thu 26, Feb - Mon 2, March 2009: South Africa v Australia 1st Test at Johannesburg
- Fri 6 - Tue 10, March 2009: South Africa v Australia 2nd Test at Durban
- Thu 19 - Mon 23, March 2009: South Africa v Australia 3rd Test Cape Town
- Fri 27, March 2009(D/N): South Africa v Australia 1st T20 at Johannesburg
- Sun 29, March 2009(D/N): South Africa v Australia 2nd T20 at Centurion
- Fri 3, April 2009(D/N): South Africa v Australia 1st ODI Durban
- Sun 5, April 2009: South Africa v Australia 2nd ODI Centurion
- Thu 9, April 2009(D/N): South Africa v Australia 3rd ODI at Cape Town
- Mon 13, April 2009: South Africa v Australia 4th ODI at Port Elizabeth
- Fri 17, April 2009(D/N): South Africa v Australia 5th ODI at Johannesburg