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2010 South Africa Tour of the West Indies fifth Odi

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The West Indies and South Africa faced off in a match that was of academic value in terms of the series result. South Africa had an unassailable 4-0 lead in the five-match series, while the hosts failed to win any of the internationals against the Proteas in 2010. The Windies were just hoping to avoid an embarrassing whitewash on home soil. South Africa was aiming to close out the one-day series in high style.

The home side won the toss and batted first, with Chris Gayle and Dale Richards opening the innings once more. On a two-paced Queen's Park Oval surface in Trinidad, the openers started cautiously. After scoring 19 runs off 19 balls, Richards was the first out – to a delivery by Lonwabo Tsotsobe. Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul took the score to 45, but Gayle was the next to go after scoring only 12 off 19 balls. A pedestrian 51-run partnership between Darren Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul took the Windies to 96 in the 25th over. Darren Bravo, with 17 off 47 balls, had his vigil ended by the slow left arm spin of van der Merwe.

When Dwayne Bravo departed for 26, the West Indies need some impetus in their innings. Narsingh Deonarine (53 off 53 balls), Kieron Pollard (25 off 19 balls) and Darren Sammy (19 off 8 balls) helped the West Indies to post 252/6, after the team scored only 161 in the 40th over. Lonwabo Tsotsobe was the best South African bowler with 2/31 after seven overs.

The South Africans had a steady start, with a first-wicket partnership of 40 in 8.3 overs. Dwayne Bravo earned the breakthrough for the home team, dismissing Smith for 12. Thirty-six runs later, Hashim Amla (45) departed via the run out route. After losing AB de Villiers for 13, South Africa progressed comfortably to reach 163/3 in the 31st over. However, after Jacques Kallis fell victim to Gayle for the second time in the series, South Africa lost Mark Boucher (6) and JP Duminy (51) to reach 211/6 in the 44th over.

South Africa appeared to be on course for victory but made things difficult for themselves in the latter stages. However, the West Indies failed to punish them, with Jerome Taylor being unable to bowl his final two overs because of injury. Dwayne Bravo (2/73) and Kieron Pollard (2/42) leaked some vital boundaries in the latter overs as the West Indies lost by just one wicket with two balls to spare.  Jacques Kallis, for his 57 and 1/38, was the player of the match. Opening batsman Hashim Amla was the player of the series.

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