Sunil Narine snared career-best figures of six for 27 on his return to West Indies colours as the hosts defeated South Africa by four wickets in the opening match of the Tri-Nation One-Day International series at the Guyana National Stadium on Friday.
Forced to remodel his action after it was deemed illegal during the Caribbean side’s last ODI campaign in Sri Lanka last November, the 28-year-old mystery spinner was at his mesmerising best on a turgid surface where the South Africans were dismissed for 188 off 46.5 overs. They found it difficult to establish any sort of momentum despite two useful partnerships at the top of the order.
Narine’s returns were not only a personal milestone but also the best-ever by any opponents in one-day cricket against South Africa.
“I’ve had to change my bowling action almost 80 percent and it’s great to see how it has worked out,” said Man of the Match Narine. “I really hope I can keep on playing for the West Indies for the rest of my career.”
Kieron Pollard, back in the good graces of West Indies selectors after 20 months in the ODI wilderness following the shock abandonment of the tour of India in October of 2014, then lifted his team to the target with a robust unbeaten 67 that included six sixes.