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Antigua T20: South Africa pip West Indies by a run

Antigua: South Africa beat West Indies by one run to win their two-match Twenty20 series 2-0 after an exciting final over.

South Africa could only make 120 for seven on a tricky track at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium with 20-year-old debutant David Miller making 33 from 26 balls and Johan Botha 23 from 22 as they recovered from 59 for five.

Jerome Taylor did the damage for West Indies with a spell of three for 14 from his four overs including the wickets of skipper Graeme Smith (15) and fellow opener Loots Bosman.

The home side suffered an early setback when their skipper Chris Gayle was trapped leg before by Dale Steyn without scoring.

Opener Andre Fletcher went for four before Dwayne Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul put on 68 but at less than six runs per over.

However a late run-flurry put West Indies in with a chance, largely thanks to smart batting from Darren Sammy.

With 15 needed off the last over, bowled by Ryan McLaren, Sammy scrambled a two, edged a four and then ran four, with two overthrows, as South Africa appeared to lose their composure.

But Narsingh Deonarine was run out attempting a two leaving Jerome Taylor to face the final ball with three to win -- a wide full toss which Taylor chased but could only poke for a single, leaving his team short of the target.

The South African tour of the Caribbean continues on Saturday with the first of five one-day internationals.

Bureau Report

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