South Africa & West Indies took on each other in the POOL B match of World Cup 2015 in Sydney, Australia. On one hand, West Indies came after defeating Zimbabwe while, on the other, South Africa suffered a humiliating loss to India. There is a famous saying that A Wounded Lion is more dangerous, and today we saw its perfect example when Proteas crushed the Caribbean side by 257 runs.
Winning the toss, South Africa decided to bat first. Their innings took a slow start with the loss of de Kock early in the 5th over and they ended the mandatory power play on 30/1. Amla & Du Plessis both built a solid partnership and set a foundation for a big score with a good run rate of around 6 in the next 20 overs. Both scored their fifties and added 127 for the 2nd wicket before Chris Gayle came & got both Amla & Du Plessis in the 30th over at the team score of 145 and turned the table towards the Caribbean side.
Pressure was on AB de Villiers & Rossouw which they handled very well, as they rotated the strike extremely well in the beginning and gradually the pressure started shifting towards the West Indians. Rossouw, who was making his comeback in the absence of Duminy; made a quick 39 balls 61 and allowed De Villiers to settle down. They added 134 runs in just 75 balls.
Then De Villiers came to the party and that too with a bang. After reaching his fifty off just 30 balls, he blasted the next 100 runs in mere 34 balls with 17 fours & 8 amazing maximums. SCG was thrilled by ABD’s unorthodox hitting and we all witnessed one more master-class by Mr.360 and one of the greatest innings in World Cup history. With the help of his unbelievable 64 balls 162*, Proteas scored 261 runs in last 20 overs and posted the humongous target of 409 for West Indies.
The Caribbean side lost 90% off the match when they allowed South Africa to post 408 but still, if you have Gaylestorm along your side then you can expect an outside chance. Though, that chance got vanished very early when Abbott bowled out Gayle in the 2nd over. Chasing that huge total, West Indies were totally out of the game when they were reduced to 63/7 in the 18th over. Skipper Holder who scored a hundred with the ball played a good hand with the bat. He scored 48 balls 56 and helped avoid the biggest margin loss in ODIs for his team before Caribbean side were bundled on 151. Imran Tahir was the pick of the bowlers who took his career best (5/45) to outplay the Caribbeans. Proteas showed what they are capable of and why they are the favourites.
Man of the Match – AB de Villiers
Stats of this match:-
- Out of 58 ODIs between these 2 teams, South Africa is ahead with 43-13, 1 Tie and 1 No result.
- These two teams have battled it 6 times in World Cups and here also Proteas lead 4-2.
- It was only 3rd time in World Cups that 4 batsmen scored 60+ runs in an inning, after SA vs NED & NV vs KENYA in 2007.
- AB de Villiers scored his 20th ODI century, 4th in World Cups (Jointly 3rd highest with Jayawardene, Ganguly & Mark Waugh).
- 52 – Balls AB de Villiers took to reach his hundred which is 2nd fastest in WCs, record – Kevin O’Brien, 50 balls (2011).
- 64 – Balls AB de Villiers took to reach 150, which is the fastest in ODI history, previous best – Shane Watson, 83 balls (2011).
- 12 – Balls AB De Villiers took to reach from 101-150.
- De Villiers has played 3 matches against West Indies in World Cups and has scored a hundred in each game. First batsman to score 3 tons against a single team in WCs.
- De Villiers became the 15th batsmen to score 3000 ODI runs as a captain, he is the fastest to do so (60 Innings).
- 162* – De Villiers final score, which is the highest score by any batsman in ODI history by a No. 5 batsman.
- ABD’s 162* is also the 4th highest score by a captain in World Cup. Record – Sir Viv Richards – 181* vs SL (1987).
- ABD has scored 6 off the 7 fastest tons for South Africa in ODIs.
- 415 – Runs scored by ABD against West Indies in World Cups which is most by any batsman against a single opposition in WCs. Previous best, 355 runs, Sachin vs Kenya.
- ABD has scored 330 runs off 135 balls in last 3 ODI innings against West Indies, Strike rate – 244.44
- 104 – Runs conceded by Holder in his spell which is the 2nd most in WCs. Record – 105 runs M.Snedden (1983) but it was a 12 overs spell. Holder’s spell was worst 10 overs spell of World Cups.
- 76 – Runs scored by ABD against Holder which is most by any batsman against a single bowler in ODI history. Holder gave – 9 runs in first 5 overs, 31 runs in middle 3 and 64 off last 2.
- ABD scored 34 runs in an over of Holder, 3rd most expensive ODI over after, (36) Gibbs off D Van Bunge and (35) Thisara Parera off R Peterson.
- 72 – Runs scored by South Africa in Batting Power-Play which is the most in this World Cup.
- 261 – Runs scored by South Africa in last 20 overs which are 2nd most in ODIs. Record – 267, SA v WI (2015).
- 150 – Runs scored by South Africa in last 10 overs which are 4th highest in ODIs. Record – 163, SA vs WI (2015). 3 out of top 4 entries in this list came in 2015.
- 408 – South Africa’s innings total which is the 2nd highest in World Cups. Record – 413, India vs Bermuda (2011). It was the first 400+ total on Australian soil.
- South Africa scored 400+ total in ODIs 4th time. Record, India – 5 times.
- Tahir’s 5/45 became only the 2nd South African spinner after Nicky Boje to claim five-for in ODIs, first in World cups.
- 257 – Margin by which South Africa defeated West Indies, joint highest in WCs with India vs Bermuda (2007). Overall 4th biggest in ODIs, 3 biggest ODI wins out 5 belongs to South Africa.
- South Africa won an ODI match with the margin of 250+ runs 3 times & 200+ runs 10 times, both are records.
- West Indies (151) scored 11 runs less than ABD (162*). It was the 3rd time when ABD out-scored the opposition in ODIs, Kallis also did it 3 times. ABD did twice in World Cups.