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01-05-2008, 12:52 PM
South Africa breezed to a victory target of 185 in just --- overs to win the second Test against West Indies and level the series.

Skipper Graeme Smith led from the front with 85 from just 79 balls as the hosts cruised home with seven wickets in hand and with a day to spare.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul had earlier made 70 not out for the tourists, putting on 70 with his injured captain, Chris Gayle, for the last wicket.

Dale Steyn eventually ended the entertaining stand to pick up his fourth wicket of the innings, West Indies finishing on 262.

Fast start

That left the home side facing what appeared a tricky task until Smith came out all guns blazing alongside makeshift opening partner AB de Villiers, the pair putting on 57 in nine overs.

The normally sedate Hashim Amla made 37 before being superbly caught by Gayle on 37 after he prodded a shot off the bowling of Rawl Lewis.

The same pair combined to bring an end to Smith's innings, the left hander departing after hitting 11 fours in just 79 balls.

Jacques Kallis and Ashwell Prince finished the job off with the aid of the extra half hour, bringing South Africa home in a flurry of boundaries.

Gayle had appeared to give the West Indies a glimmer of hope as he batted through the pain of a broken thumb to make 32.

Retire hurt

Already struggling with a hamstring injury that meant he came in at six in the order, the left-hander was forced to retire hurt in the first over of the day after being struck by a rising Andre Nel delivery.

His very first ball back in the middle went to the boundary and he also hit Dale Steyn for back-to-back sixes before holing out to long on in the same over.

Before Gayle arrived the only real support for the ever-reliable Chanderpaul had come from the tail after the visitors had slipped to 133-6 at lunch.

Jerome Taylor lasted 58 balls and contributed 21 runs, although he was dropped with just one to his name by Smith at first slip.

Although Daren Powell came and went quickly Fidel Edwards, batting on one leg due to a hamstring injury, managed a career-best 21 which included a straight six of Kallis.

While his partners attacked Chanderpaul just continued on at his own sedate pace to record his ninth half-century in his last 10 Test innings.

The two teams now move onto Durban for the third and final Test, which starts on January 10, with the series up for grabs.