Well. Well. Well. It’s AB De Villiers again. AB today demolished the Windies bowling attack as he played a boom-bang innings of unbeaten 162 of just 66 deliveries including 17 boundaries and eight maximums.
He scored 34 and 30 runs in the last two over of Windies skipper Jason Holder respectively.
South Africa won the toss and skipper AB de Villiers elected to bat. The Proteas replaced JP Duminy, Wayne Parnell and Vernon Philander with Rilee Rossouw, Farhaan Behardien and Kyle Abbott. West Indies on the other hand decided bring in Suleiman Benn in place of Nikita Miller. South Africa were off to a slow and shaky start, losing wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock for a score of 12 off 19 balls as South Africa lost their first wicket with 18 runs on board. At a score of 30 for one after 10 overs, a few boundaries were needed from Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis in order to bring their side back to control.
South Africa ended on a score of 408 for the loss of five wickets at the end of their quota of 50 overs during their ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 match against West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. AB de Villiers top-scored for the Proteas with a score of 162 off 66 deliveries, scoring the second-fastest World Cup century as well as the fastest 150 of all time. Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and Rilee Rossouw propelled the South African innings with knocks worth 65, 62 and 61 respectively. Chris Gayle was the highlight among the West Indians, but for his bowling efforts this time as he took two wickets while conceding 21 runs off four overs.
West Indians were desperately looking for a breakthrough, it was Chris Gayle who eventually got the breakthrough for his side by dismissing both du Plessis and Amla in the 30th over. While du Plessis was caught brilliantly by Ramdin for 62, Amla was trapped leg-before for a score of 65 off 88 balls. West Indies were once again backing in the game, and were now looking to exert pressure on de Villiers and Rossouw, who were fresh at the crease.