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Death bowling costs Proteas in PE

The West Indies prevented an ODI series whitewash in Port Elizabeth when they beat the Proteas by a wicket

FILE: South Africa's AB de Villiers bats during the second one-day international (ODI) cricket match of the series between Australia and South Africa in Perth. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The West Indies prevented an ODI series whitewash in Port Elizabeth on Sunday, when they beat the Proteas by a single wicket to reduce South Africa's unassailable lead in the 5 match series to 3-1 with a single game to play.

After losing the toss and being sent in to bat, a much changed South African XI lost a few early wickets to sit at one stage on a score of 32-3.

David Miller and JP Duminy came to the rescue for Russell Domingo's men, with Miller earning his first ODI century on his way to an undefeated 130, while Duminy chipped in with 43 - something he'll be happy with after a recent return from injury.

The much spoken about middle order performed their duty admirably, and got the Proteas to a decent total of 262.

In response, South Africa looked to get the upper hand early on with the ball in hand, claiming the early wickets of both Dwayne Smith (0) and Chris Gayle (10), before Marlon Samuels came to the crease and steadied the innings with 68 off 93.

Darren Sammy also added to the chase, making 51 off 52, before Andre Russell stepped up to the plate and blasted a quick fire 64 off 40 to give the men from the Caribbean something to celebrate in what has otherwise been a dismal series for them.

Proteas' captain AB de Villiers spoke prior to the game about maintaining a winning momentum ahead of the World Cup, and will be disappointed in particular with the performance of his bowlers at the death, something which has plagued South Africa in recent matches.

The next ODI is on Wednesday at Centurion.

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