Tuesday February 26, 2013
South Africa complete clean sweep over Pakistan
CENTURION (South Africa): South Africa completed a series clean sweep when they beat Pakistan by an innings and 18 runs on the third day of the third and final Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Sunday.
Pakistan were bowled out for 235 in their second innings, an improvement on their first innings total of 156.
But the margin of victory and the series result was a fair reflection of the dominance of South Africa, the world champions, playing in their home conditions.
Dale Steyn took four for 80 and was responsible for the run-out of Azhar Ali which sparked a collapse of the Pakistan middle order.
For the only time in the series, the Pakistan lower order showed some resistance and Steyn was frustrated in a final spell of eight overs after tea as the last pair, Rahat Ali and Mohammad Irfan, played and missed or edged the ball out of reach of the fielders.
At the other end Kyle Abbott was unable to complete a ten-wicket haul on his Test debut, finishing with two for 39 after taking seven for 29 in the first innings.
Finally, captain Graeme Smith turned to left-arm spinner Robin Peterson who trapped Rahat leg before wicket with his sixth ball.
South Africa won the first Test by 211 runs and the second in Cape Town by four wickets. None of the matches went to a fifth day.
n ST. GEORGE’S (Grenada): West Indies beat Zimbabwe by seven wickets in the second one-day international at the National Cricket Stadium on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the three-game series.
Ramnaresh Sarwan hit an undefeated 120, his highest ever one-day international score, as West Indies reached 274-3 with an over to spare.
Kieron Pollard was also unbeaten on 41 off just 20 balls while opener Kieran Powell had hit 57.
Zimbabwe had made 273 for eight in their 50 overs with Craig Ervine top-scoring on 80 while Dwayne Bravo became only the eighth West Indies bowler to claim six or more wickets.
“Congratulations to my team for a marvellous effort, it was a tough chase,” said man of the match Dwayne Bravo after his 6-43.
“We know how it feels to lose series, and this has been an opportunity to win one so it’s a great feeling.
“ I just want to do my best for West Indies cricket.” — AFP