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Retiring hometown hero Shaun Pollock fittingly hit the winning runs in his last international match at Kingsmead as South Africa cruised to a five-wicket victory over West Indies.

The 34-year-old all-rounder, playing his penultimate international before retiring, sent a full toss from Dwayne Bravo to the boundary to ease the hosts past their victory target to go 4-0 up in the five-match series.

After winning the toss and opting to bat, Jerome Taylor smashed a quickfire 43 to help West Indies recover from a middle-order collapse and post 263 for nine.

Herschelle Gibbs led the Proteas' response with a blistering 77 from 86 balls while captain Graeme Smith hit an aggressive 50 before Pollock finished the job off.

The Windies had a chance to remove Smith with the second ball of the South Africa innings, but Devon Smith could not hold a catch at second slip off the bowling of Taylor.

Smith went on to smash his third half-century of the series - his 35th in ODIs - before being caught next ball by Shivnarine Chanderpaul at short mid-wicket off Darren Sammy with the total on 77.

Jacques Kallis contributed just one before getting an outside edge to Sammy at point off the bowling of Fidel Edwards, and then opener Herschelle Gibbs got an inside edge in Dwayne Bravo's first over and dragged onto his leg stump for 39.

Bravo had brought himself on to bowl despite a side strain, but was unable to stem the steady flow of runs as South Africa continued their advance to victory.

The skipper did make the next breakthrough when JP Duminy miscued and was caught by Taylor at mid-on for 44.

Duminy's dismissal in the 39th over brought Pollock to the crease with the hosts on 218 for four.

De Villiers passed 2000 ODI runs on his way to 77 before finding Bravo at mid-wicket off the bowling of Daren Powell.

But Pollock and Mark Boucher saw the South Africans home with more than two overs to spare. Both finished 21 not out, with Pollock hitting a four off Bravo to conclude matters.

An emotional Pollock left the field to a standing ovation and will now head into his final international match on Sunday looking to help his team complete a 5-0 series whitewash.

Earlier on Friday, the tourists made a solid start to their innings with Brenton Parchment and Sewnarine Chattergoon putting on 97 for the first wicket.

The Windies slipped, however, to 206 for nine before Taylor's late cameo - his career-best unbeaten 43 coming from just 21 balls - helped guide them to their highest total of the series.

Pollock made the breakthrough in the 24th over when he induced an outside edge from Chattergoon - on 48 - which was snapped up by wicketkeeper Boucher.

Andre Nel then took two quick wickets, first trapping Parchment leg before wicket playing across the line also two runs short of his half-century and then having Marlon Samuels caught at short mid-wicket by Gibbs for four.

Bravo and Chanderpaul put on 42 for the fourth wicket before the former was run out for the third time this series, on 18, after a good throw by De Villiers while attempting a quick single.

Chanderpaul soon followed, caught at short fine leg by Smith off Johan Botha in the 39th over.

West Indies went into the final 10 overs on 158 for five, and were buoyed by the aggressive effort of Patrick Browne.

The Barbadian cracked two fours off the expensive Makhaya Ntini in the 41st over, before a single let in Sammy who immediately spooned a leg-side glance into Boucher's gloves to leave the Windies on 167 for six.

Browne looked well set for a 50 after two successive sixes off Ntini in the 43rd over, which went for 20.

He took the total to 200 with a boundary off Morne Morkel in the next over, but clever bowling then offered a caught-and-bowled chance - Browne falling for 34 off 24 balls.

Three balls later, Morkel claimed his second scalp with a slow yorker which out-witted Rawl Lewis, who made 15 from eight balls.

The ninth wicket fell when Powell was run out by Botha as he attempted a quick single to get off the mark.

Taylor and Edwards then took centre stage to put on 57 for the final wicket in 33 balls, including 24 off the final over by Ntini, who finished with one for 80 from nine overs.
 
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