JOHAN BOTHA STARS IN TENSE SOUTH AFRICA TWENTY20 WIN
Second Twenty20 international, Antigua:
South Africa 120-7 (20 ovs) bt West Indies 119-7 (20 ovs) by 1 run
Botha hit two sixes in his 22-ball innings at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
A fine all-round display from Johan Botha helped South Africa secure a thrilling one-run win over West Indies in the second Twenty20 international.
Botha (23) put on 57 in a sixth-wicket stand with debutant David Miller (33) to rescue the tourists from 59-5 to 120-7 from their 20 overs in Antigua.
And the off-spinner ripped through the middle order with 3-22 to leave West Indies needing 15 in the last over.
Darren Sammy hit 11 off four balls but the hosts fell just short at 119-7.
The victory ensures South Africa, knocked out of the Super Eights at the World Twenty20 earlier this month, completed a 2-0 clean sweep in the series.
West Indies captain Chris Gayle won the toss and elected to field first on a bowler-friendly surface at the new Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, the scene of the aborted second Test between England and West Indies last winter.
Jerome Taylor was the pick of the West Indian bowlers, finishing with figures of 3-14 from four overs as South Africa struggled to cope with the slow wicket.
But 20-year-old Miller showed remarkable composure on his first international appearance with his country in trouble, compiling 33 from 26 balls, ably supported by Botha, who smashed two sixe, to give South Africa's bowlers a target to defend.
The hosts began badly when they lost openers Gayle and Andre Fletcher, with Dwayne Bravo joining Shivnarine Chanderpaul at 9-2 in the third over.
However, the third-wicket duo put on 68 to revitalise West Indies's innings before Chanderpaul was caught behind by wicketkeeper AB de Villiers in the 15th over.
Morne Morkel accounted for Bravo soon after while Ramnaresh Sarwan fell cheaply as West Indies's victory charge faltered.
It was left to Ryan McLaren, who took a match-winning 5-19 in Wednesday's win, to bowl out the final over with the hosts needing 15 to win off the final six deliveries.
Sammy smashed two boundaries to give the home crowd hope, but Narsingh Deonarine was run out off the fifth ball chasing a risky double, leaving the hosts two runs to win off the final ball.
But Taylor could only score a single as he smashed a full-toss to point.