AB de Villiers’ record century helped South Africa reach 408 for five in their 50 overs against West Indies in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Friday. In this sixth world cup meeting between the two sides, South Africa posted their highest ever total in a World Cup match.
Here are the Top three highlights of the South African innings:
Faf du Plessis-Hashim Amla 2nd wicket stand:
AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bat, on a pitch that had little to offer to the bowlers, the West Indian new-ball pair of Jerome Taylor and Jason Holder had the South African openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock at sea. They lost the wicket of southpaw early before Faf du Plessis came out to join Hashim Amla in the middle. The second wicket stand between the duo put the Proteas in command of the innings.
Both Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis scored a half-century each and put on 127 runs for the second wicket.
Chris Gayle took two wickets:
The second wicket partnership between Faf du Plessia dn Hashim Amla threatened to take the game away from the West indies, before the Big Jamaican decided to have put out all the stops. He dismissed Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla in a span of three balls in the 32nd over to pull things back in favour of the Caribbean side.
AB de Villiers and Rilee Rossouw:
Chris Gayle had done well to bring West Indies back into the game. However, Rilee Rossouw and AB de Villiers seized the initiative back with some sublime hitting and running between the wickets. They were smooth with their scoring and almost went unnoticed as they put on a crucial fourth-wicket stand. They made the West Indian bowlers look ordinary without slogging or brutal hitting. Both the batsmen raced away to a quick-fire half-century each. The 134-run stand between the two is a record partnership for the fourth wicket by South Africa in a World Cup match.
In the process, AB de Villiers recorded the fastest century by a South African as he reached the three-figure mark off just 52 deliveries. It was the second-fastest century in a World Cup match after Kevin O’Brien’s effort off just 50 balls against England in 50 balls. His knock helped South Africa register their highest total in a World Cup match. It is the fastest 150 ever.
West Indies (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin(w), Lendl Simmons, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Jason Holder(c), Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn, Jonathan Carter
South Africa (Playing XI): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers(c), David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Rilee Rossouw, Kyle Abbott