RCI St. Lucia
posted on January 26, 2015 01:44
Andre Russell struck a sensational unbeaten half-century as West Indies ended their nine-year wait for a One-Day International victory over South Africa by clinching a nervy one wicket win, with nine balls to spare in the fourth game of the five-match series here Sunday.
The right-hander belted an exciting 64 from 40 deliveries and was one of three batsmen with half-centuries, with vice-captain Marlon Samuels getting a top score of 68 and Darren Sammy, 51, knocks which helped West Indies overhaul their target of 263 at St George’s Park.
West Indies had not beaten South Africa in an ODI since November, 2006 during the Champions Trophy in India, and had gone 16 matches – 15 of these defeats – without a single win.
The triumph also broke the Caribbean side’s miserable losing slump which had seen them fall behind 3-0 in the series, following defeats in Durban, Johannesburg and East London, and gave Jason Holder his first win as captain.
Russell heroics which saw him strike five fours and five sixes, managed to outshine David Miller’s superb unbeaten 130 – his maiden ODI hundred – which lifted the Proteas to 262 for eight after they had been sent in.