Third Test, Barbados, day four:
South Africa 342 & 49-3 bt West Indies 231 & 161 by seven wickets
Sulieman Benn's dismissal before a sparse crowd rather summed up the sorry demise of the West Indies
West Indies succumbed to a 2-0 series defeat as South Africa won the third Test in Barbados by seven wickets.
The Windies resumed only 19 runs ahead at 134-7 but after 17 were added they lost Sulieman Benn in the fifth over.
It was the first of wickets in three consecutive overs for Morne Morkel as the home side were all out for 161, leaving Shivnarine Chanderpaul on 71.
Kemar Roach took 3-22 and was involved in a row with Jacques Kallis but South Africa reached the paltry target of 47.
The South Africans needed less than nine overs to score their runs but there was no shortage of incident in that brief period.
Skipper Graeme Smith was hit in the throat by a bouncer from the hostile Roach in the opening over.
Morkel made short work of the West Indian tail
As expected Roach tested Smith with another short delivery in his next over and it proved successful when the left-hander miscued a pull and found mid-wicket.
Roach then removed Alvaro Petersen in his next over when an expansive drive only resulted in an inside edge that crashed into the stumps.
Kallis was tested with two short ones from the combative Barbadian, who then sent down a brutal third successive bouncer that rose wickedly, flew past the gloves of Kallis and struck him a fearful blow on the helmet.
A flurry of verbal exchanges took place between batsman and bowler, which continued after Roach, who celebrates his 22nd birthday on Wednesday but may do minus a chunk of his match fee, fired yet another bouncer with the final ball of the over.
The confrontation was so severe and prolonged that Roach had to be led away by Chanderpaul and umpires Steve Davis and Simon Taufel both had to intervene.
South Africa appeared to have weathered the storm but two runs short of victory Hashim Amla drove Roach to gully.
AB de Villiers promptly dispatched a low full toss to the boundary first ball for the winning runs, but the Windies will be left to reflect what might have been had their brittle batting line-up given them more runs to defend.