ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 19th Match: De Villiers comes back to haunt the West Indies once again

De Villiers now holds the record for the fastest 150 in ODI history

De Villiers now holds the record for the fastest 150 in ODI history

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After scoring the fastest ODI century against the West Indies on January 18, South Africa captain AB de Villiers came back to haunt the men from the Caribbean once again as he smashed the fastest 150 in ODI history to lead his side to a 257-run win in Sydney.

De Villiers was well supported by Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and Rilee Rossouw as they made 65, 62 and 61 respectively. Spinner Imran Tahir also played a vital role in his side’s win as he picked up his first five-wicket haul.

However, West Indies skipper Jason Holder deserves some credit for his career-best knock of 56.

De Villiers would have been mulling over his decision to bat first early on after opening batsman Quinton de Kock was caught by Andre Russell at cover off the bowling of Holder for 12 runs.

Amla and du Plessis made up for the early loss of de Kock with a 127-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before du Plessis was caught behind off the bowling of Chris Gayle.

Du Plessis’ excellent knock of 62 came off 70 balls and included three boundaries.

Du Plessis' excellent form with the bat continued

Du Plessis’ excellent form with the bat continued

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Gayle struck again just two balls later when he trapped Amla lbw for 65, which came off 88 deliveries and included one boundary and a six.

Amla played some magnificent shots during his knock of 65

Amla played some magnificent shots during his knock of 65

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De Villiers and Rossouw stabilised the innings with a 134-run partnership, during which both batsmen registered their half-centuries, before Rossouw was caught behind off the bowling of Russell.

Rossouw’s fantastic innings of 61 came off 39 balls and included six boundaries and a six.

Rossouw hit six boundaries and a six during his innings of 61

Rossouw hit six boundaries and a six during his innings of 61

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David Miller only made 20 runs before he was brilliantly caught by Jerome Taylor straight down the ground off the bowling of Russell.

De Villiers and Farhaan Behardien amassed an unbeaten 80-run partnership, during which de Villiers recorded his 20th ODI century, to lead South Africa to 408/5 off their 50 overs.

De Villiers ended up finishing on a career-best 162, which came off 66 deliveries and included 17 boundaries and eight sixes.

Russell and Gayle picked up two wickets apiece, while Holder chipped in with one.

Chasing 409 to win, the West Indies never got out of the starting blocks as all their players, with the exception of Holder, failed to make any useful contributions as they all succumbed to the wrath of Tahir and were eventually bowled out for 151.

Holder came out to the crease when his side were struggling at 63/7 and smashed a career-best 56 off 48 balls, which included three boundaries and four sixes, before he was caught by Amla at mid-on off the bowling of Dale Steyn.

Tahir was the most successful bowler with five wickets, while Morne Morkel and Kyle Abbott snapped up two wickets each and Steyn claimed one.

Tahir finished with a career-best 5-45 off 10 overs

Tahir finished with a career-best 5-45 off 10 overs

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Holder was disgusted with his side’s performance, and said: “We did pretty well early on, keeping the run-rate down. But AB took the game away from us. If you take away his innings, it looked a totally different score. We dropped chances, and chasing 400 was always tough. But, had we held on to some of those chances, we could have had 350 to chase and could have had the chance. Our death bowling needs to be looked at. Just need to take the positives from today and go on to India. Need to put it behind us, but need to correct the errors moving forward. Still up for the quarter-finals. We need to play good cricket.”

De Villiers, who was named Man of the Match, was ecstatic to have won, and said: “They’re quite a few things that played a role. The credit had to go to the guys up front and Rilee’s energy inspired me. That affected me and I wanted to play like that and then I started timing the ball and it all came off. Watching the ball is very important. Get to know your own game, play within your weaknesses and strengths and wait to play to your strengths. I dont see it as a risk. I read the situation, I try to read the bowler and I understand my own momentum and I earn the right to go after the bowlers. I didn’t know that, should have got it at the Wanderers [Fastest 150]. The bounce of the ball went my way, but I’m sure the West Indies will bounce back.

“Very enjoyable day. I like to focus on the team, Really good performance after the MCG performance. Our top three are natural players, they assess conditions very well. They did it perfectly today, Rilee came in and injected momentum and I followed. It’s about understanding you won’t carry the momentum through the 100 overs and playing around that. Very happy with Farhaan, he asked me if he had to give me singles and I just said play your game and he hit a six the next ball. Tahir has great control and variations. I had some stomach problems last night, had a rough night and the doc gave me an injection and I was on my way.”

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