Hashim Amla was well supported by de Kock, who scored 71 © AFP
Hashim Amla was well supported by de Kock, who scored 71 © AFP

A 110 from Hashim Amla and an unbeaten 50-ball 73 from Faf du Plessis helped South Africa reach 343 for 4 against West Indies in Match 6 of the Tri-Nation series. Having been put into bat by Jason Holder, Amla and Quinton de Kock laid the platform for what would be a run-fest. Both the openers then fell in quick succession, which rocked South Africa, but a cameo from Chris Morris helped his team get right back on track. And du Plessis’ late onslaught was enough for the first 300+ score of the series. For the hosts, Kieron Pollard was the most successful bowler, with figures of 2 for 64 from his nine overs. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: West Indies vs South Africa, 6th ODI Match

Having been put into bat, the South African openers made a really good start. For once, Amla was the aggressor as de Kock struggled to get going. They managed to reach their first 100-run partnership of the series during the process. Soon, de Kock reached his first half-century and Amla reached his first century of the series.

But both the openers were dismissed in quick succession. First, Amla was caught at long off by Narine of Pollard’s bowling for 110. And soon, de Kock was bowled by a brilliant yorker from Jerome Taylor for 71. With score at 185 for 2, Chris Morris was promoted up the order to No.3 and was joined at the crease by Faf du Plessis.

Morris played a gem of a cameo before he was caught at deep of Brathwaite’s bowling for 40. Skipper AB de Villiers was the next to come in. His 19-ball 27 and 64-run partnership with du Plessis was crucial which helped South Africa reach a score in excess of 330. Du Plessis took charge in the final few overs, scoring 40 runs from his final 18 deliveries.

Brief Scores: South Africa 343 for 4 (Hashim Amla 110, Faf du Plessis 73*; Kieron Pollard 2 for 64) vs West Indies