The West Indies turned in their most disciplined and incisive bowling performance of the series so far by restricting South Africa to 262 for 8 with only David Miller’s century standing between them and complete dominance.
Miller’s first hundred in this format came in his 62nd match and held together a South Africa innings depleted by a makeshift opening pair and still struggling with a soft underbelly.
His 130 was the highest score by a South African No. 5 in ODIs and demonstrated his own development from being solely a big-hitting finisher to being able to blend that with providing a steadying presence in the line-up.
As testament to that, Miller ground out a century from 122 balls after being called to the crease in the seventh over. Then, his last 30 runs came off just 11 deliveries as he blasted South Africa above 250.
West Indies may not have minded that too much.
Jason Holder – who delivered a double-wicket last over and conceded just two – Andre Russell, Darren Sammy and Carlos Brathwaite showed good control while debutant Sheldon Cottrell seemed to have the stomach for the big stage. (Cricinfo)
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