Player of the Match
Player of the Match
815dThe Report by Sidharth Monga

De Villiers 162* off 66, WI 151 all out

As if all those records broken in Johannesburg earlier this year were not enough, South Africa returned to embarrass them with another plethora

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers
162(66) 17x4 - 8x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • slog shot
  • 34 runs
  • 3x4 - 3x6
2 0 48 7 31 13 23 38
HM Amla
HM Amla
65(88) 1x4 - 1x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 13 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
4 0 8 11 7 11 10 14

Best performances - Bowlers

Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir
O10
M2
R45
W5
Eco4.50
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
2W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
CH Gayle
CH Gayle
O4
M0
R21
W2
Eco5.25
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan | Commentator: Alagappan Muthu

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: shykrish41@gmail.com (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

33.1
W
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

END OF OVER:
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
32.6
1
Steyn to Benn, 1 run, shortish on off stump, pulls past square leg
32.5
0
Steyn to Benn, no run, goes short on leg stump and Benn tucks his head under his shoulders and swings his bat only to protect himself from getting hit in the chest

Sulieman Benn is the last man in

32.4
W
Steyn to Holder, OUT, moves away and tries to pull a shortish delivery that was following him and skews a catch to mid-on. Had tried to make room to open up the off side but Steyn had spotted it and bested him.

JO Holder c Amla b Steyn 56 (56m 48b 3x4 4x6) SR: 116.66

32.3
0
Steyn to Holder, no run, fuller delivery on off stump, kept out

Two more runs and they avoid the biggest defeat in World Cups as well

32.2
6
Steyn to Holder, SIX runs, What. A. Shot! Pressed forward and took a length ball from outside off and smeared it over the extra cover boundary. If every brutality is elegant, it's Jason Holder

Mission Impossible?

0

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

Fastest 150

64

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

Leading from the front

15

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

A Big Stand

127

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

Stuck in First Gear

14.2

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

Best against

94.66

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

SA Clear Favourites

1

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