Netherlands v South Africa, only ODI, Amstelveen May 31, 2013

Duminy, du Plessis mark return with 84-run victory

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South Africa 341 for 3 (Duminy 150*, Ingram 82, du Plessis 62*) beat Netherlands 257 for 9 (Szwarczynski 98, Peterson 4-67) by 84 runs
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JP Duminy scored an unbeaten 150 and Faf du Plessis' hit a quickfire fifty on their return to international cricket after injury breaks, thus helping South Africa to an 84-run win in the one-off ODI against Netherlands in Amstelveen. JP Duminy had not played any competitive cricket since the Brisbane Test last November due to an Achilles tendon injury, while du Plessis was ruled out midway through the ODI series in March against Pakistan with back trouble.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first. Alviro Petersen was returning to the ODI team for the first time since January 2012, getting a call-up after Graeme Smith was ruled out of the upcoming Champions Trophy due to injury. Petersen was unable, however, to set his stall as he was dismissed early for just 6, edging to Peter van Borren off the bowling of Mudassar Bukhari. With the score on 38, fellow opener Hashim Amla was caught behind by Wesley Barresi off Paul van Meekeren.

Any buoyancy Netherlands gained from those two wickets was soon overshadowed when Colin Ingram and JP Duminy dug their heels in to consolidate. The pair put together a match-changing 151-run stand for the third wicket over the course of 28.5 overs to help steady the innings and build-up to a voluminous ending. Ingram finally fell to Bukhari after being caught by Ahsan Malik for 82. Faf du Plessis was sent in next, and together with Duminy, who passed a 100 in the process, put on a further 152 runs in the remaining 13.1 overs.

This was a critical partnership for South Africa, and ended up being a match-clinching one at that, as the duo went at 11.54 runs an over - prior to this the match was rumbling along at just over five runs an over. The final five overs of the innings produced 98 runs. A total of 16 boundaries, including 12 sixes, were hit in those latter overs by the pair. South Africa finally finished on 341 for 3.

Netherlands started steadily enough, with the openers putting on 43 runs for the first wicket, before both batsmen were dismissed on the same score. South Africa continued to pick up wickets, and were firmly ahead all through despite Peter van Borren and Szwarczynski putting on 70 runs for the fifth wicket. With an asking rate escalating out of control, Netherlands simply had too much to do, as Borren fell two-runs shy of a half-century, and Szwarczynski missed out on what would have been a well-deserved maiden ODI ton. Netherlands eventually finished the innings on 257 for 9.

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  • Dummy4 on June 2, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    where is ryan ten doeschate? isn't he in the squad?

  • Kunal on June 1, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Other combination can be Amla, Petersen, Faf, AB, JP, Miller, Behardien, McLaren, Peterson, Morkel and Steyn. To me Ingram is not required as he will play in place of a bowler which is already a relative weakness for Proteas. Other than Steyn, and Morkel to an extent (he can be expensive), others are ordinary.

  • Kunal on June 1, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Relax guys. The ordinary player referred to here is Rohit Sharma. IPL specialist. agree with the comment about the confusion of XI. I would go for: 1)Amla 2) Petersen 3) Du Plessis 4) AB de Villiers 5) JP Duminy 6) Miller 7) Mclaren 8) Peterson 9) Morkel 10) Steyn 11) Tsotsobe.

  • ra on June 1, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    The dutch put up a great game. Very impressed!

    Nice work Duminy. What is wrong with Alviro Petersen ??? hes such a class act but at international level he's seriously struggling.

  • Harold on June 1, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    There is an error in the score. In the last over of the batting innings of the Netherlands, R McLaren bowled a no ball at which Paul van Meekeren scored one run. This makes the total of the Netherlands 258 for 9. The event was missed by several people, including the scoreboard crew, but not by the scorers.

  • Ian on June 1, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Ever since he took us Aussies apart a few years back, I have admired JP Duminy for his class and temperament as a batsman, and after Faf saved the game for South Africa in the second test in Adelaide, I've felt the same way about him. I know this match was against a comparably weak side, but both of them have shown off the full extent of the mental side of their respective games with their partnership. And both of them are returning from injury, making their feat even more spectacular. Those last 5-6 overs were truly spectacular, after such a patient build-up, and a wonderful innings from Duminy. With such a deep squad and an impressive bowling attack, South Africa are my personal favourites for the Champions Trophy this year.

  • Thilanka on June 1, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    1. Dilshan 2. Kusal Perera 3. Sangakkara† 4. Jayawardene 5. Mathews* 6. Chandimal 7. Mendis 8. Perera 9. Kulasekara 10. Senanayake 11. Malinga

    9 Bat 7 Ball ( what a team & team for watch out )

  • Gordon on June 1, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Very respectable result for the Dutch! Good signs.

  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    An ordinary player who scores 170+ against aus batting with tailenders only in his 2nd test? Every team needs ordinary player like this!

  • David on May 31, 2013, 22:18 GMT

    Regarding JP Duminy, @ gsingh7 wrote "ordinary player, always choke against good bowlers , ... can score runs only against holland and Bangladesh," and Jadejafan wrote " ordinary player ... very poor batting record against the major teams."

    Duminy, against test nations has these scores of 50 plus:

    Aus: 71, 60*, 56. (1 every 3 inngs) India: 73, 52, 71* (1 every 3.3 inngs) SL: 66* (1 every 11 inngs) Pak: 54, 59* (1 every 3 inngs) Windies: 79*, 68, 51 (1 every 3 inngs) (Vs NZ ordinary, 46, 46, 43, vs Eng poor, 41, 33.)

    His career ave against test countries varies: WI 91.75, Pak 57.25, Aus 37.53, India 35.35, NZ 24.75, SL 18, Eng 17.16. His ave steadily rose, below 30 until Jan 2008, consistent 35+ by 09, above 40 since Nov 2010.

    For the period 1 Jan '11 onward, his ave has been amongst the top 25 (min 10 matches,) & above "ordinary" batsmen like Tendulkar, Sewag, Simmons, Jayawardine, Raina, Hussey, Morgan, Shakib, Sarwan, Yuvraj, Gambhir, etc. Good company for an "ordinary" player