Sharp catch from Miller sends Hope on his way

Asked to bat first on a surface suited to batting, West Indies managed an underwhelming total of 260 in the third and final ODI against South Africa at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom on Tuesday, March 21. Having lost Kyle Mayers cheaply, the visitors were buoyed by a sparkling fifty from Brandon King who also added 71 for the second wicket with Shamarh Brooks. The duo looked set for a massive partnership before an unfortunate mid-pitch slip resulted in Brooks’ run out, giving South Africa the breakthrough they desperately wanted. Lungi Ngidi removed Brandon King and thereafter, wickets fell at regular intervals, largely due to poor shot-selection.

West Indies nosedived from 152/3 to 221/8 to utterly squander the advantage and if not for the cameos furnished by Akeal Hosain and Odean Smith, the eventual score would have been even more grim. All the South African bowlers shared the spoils among them, with skipper Aiden Markram proving the most economical. Marco Jansen, Bjorn Fortuin and Gerald Coetzee shared two apiece.