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Samuels lifts West Indies

Samuels made 98 off 88 balls in a West Indian total of 252 for seven after the tourists won the toss.

cricket Updated: Jan 27, 2008 18:50 IST

Marlon Samuels survived a controversial television umpiring decision and lifted the West Indies to a competitive total in the third one-day international against South Africa at St George's Park on Sunday.

Samuels made 98 off 88 balls in a West Indian total of 252 for seven after the tourists won the toss.

He slammed seven fours and four sixes, enabling the West Indies to boost a flagging run rate and to score 91 runs off the last ten overs.

Samuels survived a chance to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher, standing up to Shaun Pollock, when he had 19. He also seemed lucky to survive an appeal for a catch behind by Boucher off fast bowler Dale Steyn when he had 37.

On-field umpire Daryl Harper referred the decision to television umpire Brian Jerling in line with a provision in the regulations that a review can be sought if there is a possibility of a "bump ball".

The replays showed the ball carried to Boucher after passing the bat but Jerling gave it not out which is provided for if it is clear to the third umpire that the ball did not hit the bat.

Although the replays were inconclusive it seemed likely that the ball had deflected off the bat.