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South Africa takes series 2-1 with innings win against West Indies

cricket Updated: Jan 12, 2008 22:13 IST

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Fast bowler Dale Steyn took six West Indies wickets on Saturday to lead South Africa to an innings victory in the third test and a 2-1 win in the three-match series. Steyn finished with 6-72 and South Africa won by an innings and 100 runs _ with two days to spare _ after West Indies' second innings ended at 317-9, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul unable to bat because of flu.

West Indies won the first test by 128 runs and South Africa leveled the series with a seven-wicket win in the second test. West Indies faced an uphill task to save the third test after South Africa dismissed the visitors for 139 in their first innings at Kingsmead Stadium, and then scored 556-4 in reply. After a fourth-wicket stand of 144 between Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo, Steyn struck with the second new ball of the innings, dismissing Bravo leg before wicket for 75 soon after tea. But Samuels managed to bring up his second test century, making 105 off 190 balls with 18 boundaries.

"We fought well," Bravo said. "We must remember South Africa is the No. 2 team in the world, and we are a young team with new coaching staff."

Denesh Ramdin stayed with Samuels and made 25 before Andre Nel tempted him to flash at a wide delivery outside the off stump and give an easy catch to Mark Boucher.

Shortly after making his century, Samuels fell to a delivery from Steyn which clipped his off stump.

The dismissal signaled a collapse for West Indies, and Steyn ripped through the rest of the tail. Darren Sammy was out for 17 in a looping caught-and-bowled by Steyn, who also hit the offstumps of Daren Powell and Fidel Edwards _ both for ducks _ to wrap up the match.

Steyn was named man of the series for his 20 wickets in the series at an average of 19.10.

Earlier, Samuels and Bravo saw West Indies reach 230-3 at tea after a poor start to the day.

Resuming on their overnight total of 23, opening batsmen Darren Ganga and Brenton Parchment added 10 more runs before Parchment was trapped leg before wicket by Steyn for 20.

Makhaya Ntini then induced a loose shot from Ganga who edged a simple catch to Kallis at second slip for 11.

Shaun Pollock came into the attack and had Runako Morton leg before wicket for 37. Morton did not offer a shot on a ball that cut back in on him.

Pollock said it was his last test.

"It's great to be able to finish my test career on my home ground, and especially in a match where the guys played so well," said Pollock, who said he would retire from international cricket after the one-day series against West Indies that finishes next month.

"But with Dale bowling so well, they don't need me," Pollock added.

South African captain Graeme Smith acknowledged the contribution Steyn made to the win, but said the day belonged to Pollock. "I hope the whole of South Africa knows what a great player will be missing from our team now, he is one of the all-time greats," Smith said.

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