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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 February 2008, 16:46 GMT
Pollock seals win in final match

Fifth one-day International, Johannesburg: South Africa 211-2 beat West Indies 295-7 by eight wickets (D/L method)
Target reduced to 211 from 31 overs

By Oliver Brett

Graeme Smith and Shaun Pollock
Graeme Smith hands the ball to Pollock for his final over

Shaun Pollock bowed out of all international cricket by hitting the winning runs in the final one-day international against West Indies.

Pollock took 1-33 and his team beat West Indies by eight wickets in Johannesburg to win the series 5-0.

South Africa were 34-1 chasing 296 after eight overs before a long rain delay left a revised target of 211.

They only had 31 overs in all to get those runs, but cruised home thanks to a brilliant Herschelle Gibbs century.

Pollock was promoted up the order to help Jacques Kallis hit the winning runs.

And he finished on 10 not out, with a cover-drive for four off Ravi Rampaul and an edged drive down to third man for two - his last two shots in international cricket.

Thirteen balls remained in the match when Pollock sealed the victory, and he soon set off on a tour of the ground with his team-mates.

His wicket had came from a delivery that could epitomise his career.


Just outside the right-hander's off-stump, just back of a length and holding its line, it was skewed straight to backward point by Brenton Parchment.

But the tourists recovered from that early blow, Dwayne Smith's 91 off 76 balls the outstanding feature of their innings.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul (51) kept him company in a stand for the second wicket worth 137 but the West Indies innings tailed away in the latter stages.

After the lengthy downpour in the early stages of their reply, South Africa faced an awkward chase, needing more than seven runs an over to win.

But a furious assault from Gibbs against medium-pacers Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy suddenly made their job a lot easier.

Gibbs went on to hit 102 off 84 balls, his 20th century in ODIs, he and Kallis (74no) putting on 175 in just 23 overs.

Pollock then came out to bat at four with chants of "Polly, Polly, Polly" reverberating around a packed Wanderers.

And it seemed inevitable that the winning runs would come from his bat, as had happened in the fourth match in his hometown of Durban.

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