McLaren's career best spell helps South Africa overcome West Indies

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Melbourne, May 20 (ANI): South African bowler Ryan McLaren, who bowled a career best spell and became the fourth bowler to take five wickets in a T20 match, helped his team register a 13-run victory in the first of the two Twenty20 Internationals against the West Indies.

McLaren took 5-19 from 3.5 overs to get the man-of-the-match award, as West Indies chasing 137 for victory from their 20 overs were dismissed for 123 with one ball to spare.

He finished with the second-best figures in Twenty20 internationals behind Pakistan's Umar Gul, who took 5-6 from three overs against New Zealand, FOX Sports reports.

"It's a good way to start off the tour having practised indoors and not outdoors for the last few weeks. But it's only the first day, and there's plenty more cricket to come, so hopefully, I can better this performance," said McLaren.

"We all know the nature of T20 cricket - the bowler is always up against it. You can take five wickets one day, and the next day, take a thumping, but I enjoyed it. It was not an easy day for the batters, and you had to graft pretty hard.

"Playing shots was not easy, and there was a strong wind, so there were a lot of things you had to take into consideration," the paper quoted him, as saying.

"It was obviously nice to start with a win. This was the most important thing for us. We have worked really hard over the last few days here in Antigua, had a few discussions, the energy has been good around the team, and a lot of new faces have come in," McLaren added.

Earlier, Jacques Kallis struck one four and three sixes in 53 from 45 balls, as South Africa reached 7-136 from their 20 overs, after deciding to bat on an uneven pitch. (ANI)

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