South Africa ride on Ntini’s 13-wkt haul to blow Windies

Associated Press

Port of Spain, April 13:

South Africa won the second Test against the West Indies by eight wickets on the final day at Queen’s Park Oval. South Africa’s victory target was 144, and a patient, opening stand of 117 between AB de Villiers (62) and Graeme Smith (41) made sure the tourists knocked off the required runs losing the pair’s wickets, to take a 1-0 lead.

A Jacques Kallis boundary earned the winning runs as South Africa made 146-2. He finished on 19 not out, with Jacques Rudolph on 7.

The winning platform was set up by man of the match Makhaya Ntini, who claimed the best match figures in South Africa’s Test history by taking 7-37 for overall figures of 13-132.

West Indies, hopeful at 170-5 at the start of the day, was swept away for 194 after Ntini took four wickets for three runs in 4.5 overs.

Ramnaresh Sarwan, 93 overnight, completed his seventh hundred but received no support from the lower order, and was stranded on 107. He hit 11 fours.

Smith took the second new ball and Ntini responded with an incisive spell to wreck the home team.

Dwayne Bravo, who added 88 with Sarwan for a sixth-wicket partnership on Monday, fell to a loose stroke. Bravo hit three fours in 33.