Prolific Amla, Du Plessis knock tons as Proteas post mammoth 411-4


CANBERRA: Opener Hashim Amla scored 159 and Faf du Plessis scored 109 as South Africa crossed 400-mark for the second time scoring 411-4 against Ireland in the ongoing World Cup here Tuesday at Manuka Oval.

South Africa, who scored 408-5 against West Indies on February 27, fell only two run short to record highest World Cup total. India scored 413-5 against Bermuda in World Cup 2007.

South Africa lost its wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock early with only 12 runs on board. The opener scored only one run.

But Hashim Amla found an able partner in Du Plessis and the duo went on to add 247 runs before Du Plessis lost his wicket. Kevin O’Brien bowled Du Plessis out after he had scored run-a-ball 109 with the help of ten boundaries and a six.

Amla was the next to return to pavilion after Ed Joyce took his catch off Andy McBrine delivery. But by then, Amla had done the damage scoring 159 off 128 balls with the help of 16 boundaries and four sixes with team’s total of 299-3 in 41.1 overs.

Skipper AB de Villiers (24), who knocked 66-ball 162 against West Indies, started well with a boundary and a couple of sixes before losing his wicket also to McBrine as Kevin O’Brien took his wicket, soon after Amla in the same over.

Rilee Rossouw (61 not out) smashed six boundaries and three sixes while David Miller (46 not out) knocked four boundaries and two sixes and added 110 more runs to the scoreboard off 51 balls. Rossouw faced 30 balls while Miller faced 23 balls.