AB de Villiers got to his century off 31 balls © Getty Images ( File Photo)
AB de Villiers got to his century off 31 balls © Getty Images ( File Photo)

Jan 18, 2015

South Africa defeated West Indies by runs  148 runs in the second One-Day International (ODI) played at Johannesburg on Sunday. West Indies showed some fight in reply to the 439 posted by South Africa in the first essay as two of their men went past 50 runs while two were dismissed for 40.

West Indies needed someone like AB de Villiers or Hashim Amla to step in to push the runs quickly but wickets stumbled quickly and West Indies ended losing by a huge margin. West Indies suffered an early jolt as their crucial man, Chris Gayle was out pulling a Morne Morkel delivery. Leon Johnson who again arrived at No.3 again failed to help his team’s cause as he was out scoring just one run. Johnson was out for duck in the previous ODI at Durban.

Two mini partnerships between Dwayne Smith and Marlon Samuels, and between Johnathan Carter and Denesh Ramdin flourished but that was not enough for West Indies to chase a gigantic score like 439. West Indies trotted further to 291 for seven before South Africa won the match to lead the five-match  series 2-0.

Earlier, South Africa managed to reach a gigantic total of 439 for the loss of two wickets. De Villiers, Amla and Rilee Rossouw got to their respective centuries which helped South Africa to reach their highest total in ODIs.

De Villiers’ swashbuckling knock of 149 off 44 balls overshadowed the sublime innings played by Amla and Rossouw. The last 10 overs of the South African innings were very costly as they went for 163 runs which tilted the balance of the match completely in favour of South Africa. Amla remained unbeaten on 153.The highlight of the South African innings was  de Villiers’ innings, which tore apart all records. It was also the only occasion when three batsmen scored centuries in one innings of an ODI.

West Indies bowlers looked dull and ineffective to the merciless strokes hit by the top three South African batsmen. Jerome Taylor went for 95 runs in his 10 overs while the captain Jason Holder conceded 91 runs.

Brief scores:

South Africa 439 for 2 in 50 overs ( Hashim Amla 153; Andre Russel 1 for 78) beat West Indies 291 for 7 in 50 overs ( Dwayne Smith 64; Morne Morkel 2 for 38)  by 148 runs.

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