South Africa thrash Netherlands by in one-off ODI despite Eric Szwarczynski's efforts

South Africa gained valuable practice ahead of the Champions Trophy © Getty Images (File Photo)

Amstelveen: May 31, 2013

South Africa beat the Netherlands by 84 runs to win their one-off One-Day International (ODI) at the VRA ground ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

Set a target of 342 to win, minnows Netherlands were always up against a daunting task. However, the men in orange threw up a good fight in their chase, managing 257 for nine in their 50 overs and did not get bowled out.

Opener Eric Szwarczynski (98) was the top-scorer for the Netherlands, while captain Peter Borren hit 48. For the Proteas, Robin Peterson was the pick of the bowlers with four for 67.

Earlier, middle-order batsman Jean-Paul Duminy scored an unbeaten century and took South Africa to a mammoth 341 for three.

Duminy, who was back into the South African team after a long injury layoff, shook off the inertia and blazed his way to a 150 not out off just 119 balls. The southpaw put on a 152-run unbeaten fourth-wicket partnership with Francois du Plessis (62 not out off 43 balls), after the duo came together at 189 for three.

South Africa captian AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bat first.

The Proteas opened with Hashim Amla (20) and Alviro Petersen (6), who were both dismissed for the loss of just 38 runs, as the Netherlands got off to a good start.

From here, Duminy and Colin Ingram (82) steadied the wobbles and took the Proteas on their way to a big total.

After Ingram fell to Mudassar Bukhari (two for 79), Duminy and du Plessis came together and piled on 99 runs off the last five overs to deflate the hosts.

Brief scores:

South Africa 341 for 3 in 50 overs (JP Duminy 150*, Colin Ingram 82, Faf du Plessis 62*; Mudassar Bukhatir 2 for 79) beat Netherlands 257 for 9 in 50 overs (Eric Szwarczynski 98, Peter Borren 48; Robin Peterson 4 for 67) by 84 runs.

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