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Russell steers Windies to ODI win

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PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) – Andre Russell’s late blitz capped a superb fightback from the West Indies to beat South Africa by one wicket in a tense fourth One-Day international cricket match at St George’s Park today.

David Miller’s maiden ODI hundred appeared to have set up South Africa for a fourth straight win in the five-match series as the home side posted 262 for eight in their 50 overs and then reduced West Indies to 73 for five in reply.

But Marlon Samuels (68) and Darren Sammy (51) put on 93 for the sixth wicket before Russell provided the late fireworks, hitting 64 not out off 40 balls to see the tourists home with nine balls to spare.

It was also the first win for captain Jason Holder.

“It means a lot to our team. Obviously we’ve had a tough tour up to this point so to get across the line today was very pleasing,” Holder said.

The last ODI is on Wednesday at Centurion.

Summarised scores:

West Indies 266-9 in 48.3 overs (Marlon Samuels 68, Andre Russell 64 not out; Farhaan Behardien 2-21, JP Duminy 2-29). South Africa 262-8 in 50 overs (David Miller 130 not out, JP Duminy 43; Jason Holder 4-53, Sheldon Cottrell 2-39). West Indies won by one wicket.

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