Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Well, there's not much more that can be said except for looking out for both teams and how they take the events of today forward. Thank you for joining us on ESPNcricinfo today. This is Alagappan Muthu, saying I love pizza and pasta too, AB! Oh, and if you're bored, catch up with Match Point which is set to begin any moment now...

AB de Villiers is Man of the Match "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 strenghts. 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 West Indies will bounce back"

"Very enjoyable day. I like to focus on the team, Really good performance after the MCG performance," continues AB, "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. Its about understanding you wont 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 next ball. Tahir has great control and variations. had some stomach problems last night, had a rough night and Doc gave me an injection and I was on my way. Like sea food, love pasta and pizza"

"Did pretty well early on, keeping the run-rate down," says Jason Holder, "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 need 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. Need to play good cricket"

Manoj: "Is ABD kidding by using word weakness? " Get to know your own game, play within your weaknesses and strengths and wait to play to your strengths"."

2015-02-27 10:22:51: (in) Prince: "After seeing this incredible match, Mohit sharma supposed to be man of the match in Ind vs SA match.!!"

9.15 pm Could that game have gone more according to plan for South Africa? Good camaraderie from both teams as they shake hands. Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis weathered a sluggish pitch and some very disciplined West Indies bowling. Then Rilee Rossouw injected momentum with some impressively calculated ball-striking. Made a case for himself to be a permanent man in the XI. Then AB de Villiers simply thumped them. He ran like mad, he hit like a man possessed and he just defied description once he got going. Almost made the bowling not matter, but Kyle Abbott did his team a huge favour by removing Chris Gayle for 3 and then Marlon Samuels for 0. Even Jason Holder's fifty - although an impressive innings by its own - mattered very little in the context of the match. West Indies can only push this match as far away out of mind as possible and come back. South Africa have regained every ounce of momentum that makes them such strong favourites

Morkel to Benn, OUT, pops up to slip and that's done! Joint biggest defeat in World Cup! It was short and on Benn's body, he can't get away from it and pulls his hands up to try and block. Only ends up sliding it to the slip fielder

SJ Benn c Amla b Morkel 1 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

33 | 7 Runs 1 Wkt | WI: 151/9 (258 runs required from 16.5 overs, RR: 4.57, RRR: 15.17)

  • Sulieman Benn1 (2b)
  • Jerome Taylor15 (18b)
  • Dale Steyn7-0-24-1
  • Morne Morkel5-0-23-1
Steyn to Benn, 1 run, shortish on off stump, pulls past square leg

SA Clear Favourites


Number of times West Indies have beaten South Africa in their last 18 ODIs.

Best against


Amla's average against WI in ODIs - the highest he averages against any team. Has hit 4 tons and 3 fifties in 11 inns.

Stuck in First Gear


Overs in which South Africa reached fifty, their second-slowest against West Indies since 2001. Slowest is 19.2 overs (2004)

A Big Stand


The partnership between Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis, the 2nd-highest 2nd-wicket stand for SA in World Cups.

Leading from the front


Number of players who have scored 3000 ODI runs as captain; AB de Villiers is the 15th.

Fastest 150


Balls in which AB de Villiers reached his 150, the fastest for any batsman in ODI history.

Mission Impossible?


Number of times that West Indies have successfully chased down a 300+ target in their ODI history.