De Villiers knocks whirlwind 162 as Proteas posts mammoth 408-5


SYDNEY: South African captain AB de Villiers played an explosive and unbeaten 162-run knock off only 66 balls to help South Africa posts mammoth 408-5 against West Indies in their Pool B World Cup match here at Sydney Cricket Ground.

The huge total marks the highest total so far in the World Cup and the second highest in ODI history behind India’s 413-5.

South Africa won the toss and decided to bat first. South African wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock (12) was removed early when skipper Jason Holder removed him with team’s score of 18 in sixth over. Andre Russel took the catch.

Opener Hashim Amla (65) and Faf du Plessis (62) then added 127 runs to the score board before Du Plessis edged to Ramdin off Chris Gayle delivery. Gayle in the same over also removed Amla after an lbw with South Africa scorecard showing 146-3 in 29.4 overs.

Rilee Rossouw (61) and captain De Villiers established a 134-run partnership before the former lost his wicket when he was caught behind off Russell delivery.

David Miller (20) was the last batsman to return to pavilion after getting out off Russell delivery when Jerome Taylor caught him. After 328-5 in 46.4 overs, De Villiers knocked 80-run partnership with Farhaan Behardien (10 not out), which came off only 20 balls.

De Villiers smashed 17 boundaries and eight sixes on his way, scoring fifty off 30 and century off 52 balls. He took only 12 more balls to cross 150-mark.

Meanwhile, Captain Holder conceded 104 runs in his ten overs, paradoxically bowling two maiden overs as well and capturing a wicket. He has become fifth-ranked bowler to have conceded highest number of runs in an ODI. No West Indian bowler has conceded above hundred runs before.

Gayle was the most successful bowler with two wickets in four overs and conceding only 21 runs. Russell was another bowler to pick two wickets but he conceded 74 off nine overs.