The Proteas were similarly unconvincing on the batting front. They went into this game without Amla and Quinton de Kock (injured), and were on the back foot when they lost their first four wickets for 76 runs. Few could have predicted that David Miller, an aggressive player by nature, would assume the role of anchor and ensure that the Proteas reached a formidable total of 262.
Miller worked hard for his runs, and eventually surpassed the three-figure mark in the 48th over. He still managed to score at a decent rate, and ultimately it took him 122 balls to reach his maiden ODI century.
Once that milestone had been reached, Miller reverted to his natural game. Thanks to Miller’s clean-hitting, the Proteas added 33 runs in the last two-and-a-half overs. While West Indies captain Jason Holder finished the innings with four wickets, the visitors as a collective were poor during those latter overs.
South Africa had every right to feel that 262 was a winning score on a slow St George’s Park wicket. The West Indies lost Dwayne Smith and Chris Gayle early in the innings. Leon Johnson’s dismissal as well as a couple of run-outs reduced the tourists to 73-5.
Samuels was the pick of the West Indies’ batsmen, and enjoyed some support from Sammy later in the innings. But when Farhaan Behardien picked up the key wicket of Samuels in the 40th over, it looked as if the Proteas would clinch their fourth straight win.
When the tourists continued to lose wickets, Russell took it upon himself to win the game with a series of big shots. The all-rounder finished the game with a booming six over long-on, ensuring that the West Indies pulled one back in the series.
South Africa hold an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series. The last match of the tour will be played at Centurion on Wednesday.
South Africa 262-8 (David Miller 130 not out, JP Duminy 43, Jason Holder 4-53, Sheldon Cottrell 2-39)
West Indies 266-9 (Marlon Samuels 68, Andre Russell 64 not out, Darren Sammy 51, Farhaan Behardien 2-21)
West Indies won by 1 wicket