Friday, February 27, 2015

South Africa vs West Indies: AB de Villiers smashes batting records

Following their 130-run loss against India, the South African cricket team were definitely looking to turn things around as they geared up to lock horns with the upbeat West Indies' brigade on Friday. The Proteas were expected to come out strong, but what really unfolded in the first innings was arguably the most entertaining innings in the World Cup this year.

The near-flawless South African brigade piled up a mammoth total of 408 runs to cut a sorry figure for the West Indian bowlers. Though the top-order was evenly involved in shaping the South African innings, there's one notable contribution by none other than skipper AB de Villiers that stands apart.

Fastest 150 in ODI history:

Reeling at 146 for three wickets, no one would have imagined AB de Villiers to smash his way past the batting records, let alone guiding South Africa to a mammoth 408 runs. But, the South African skipper added 134 runs alongside Rilee Rossouw for the fourth wicket to turn the tide in his team's favour. De Villiers slammed 162 runs and in doing so, he also registered the fastest 150 in the history of ODI cricket. De Villiers now holds the record for fastest 50(16 balls), fastest hundred(31) and fastest 150(64 balls). Australia's Shane Watson(83) held the previous record for the fastest 150 in ODIs.

Worst bowling figures in World Cup:

On one hand where the South African skipper was busy breaking batting records for his team, the West Indies captain Jason Holder also claimed an unwanted record. Holder recorded the worst bowling figures in World Cup history for a 10-over spell and by a captain. The right-arm seamer had conceded a mere nine runs in his first spell of five overs and another 31 in his second spell of three overs. However, the Windies skipper succumbed to De Villiers' carnage and conceded 34 and 30 respectively in his last two overs to finish his spell of 10 overs with 10-2-104-1 as his final figures.

Second-highest team total in World Cup history:

Amid the individual batting brilliance showcased by AB de Villiers, the South African cricket team also managed to get their name registered in the history books with their mammoth total of 408 runs. The Proteas have recorded the second-highest total by a team in the history of World Cup, only behind India's 413/5 against Bermuda in 2007 edition of the tournament. It was also their highest-ever total in World Cup and on Australian soil.

Second-fastest ton in World Cup:
AB de Villiers, who missed out against India, justified his No. 1 rank in the list of top ODI batsmen with a sensational 66-ball 162 runs that was comprised of 17 fours and eight sixes. He notched up his hundred in a mere 52 balls while thrashing West Indies' bowlers to all parts of the ground. It was the second-fastest hundred in World Cup history, only behind Kevin O'Brien who smashed a 50-ball ton against England in 2011.

Second most-expensive over in World Cup:

Jason Holder, who came in to bowl the 48th over for West Indies, conceded 34 runs to register the second most-expensive over in World Cup history. AB de Villiers was looking to provide the final flourish to South Africa when he slammed four boundaries and two sixes off Holder in the over.

Proteas smash 261 runs in last 20 overs:

South Africa were in a spot of bother when Chris Gayle dismissed well set Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla in 30th over. With both Rilee Rossouw and AB de Villiers new at the crease, South Africa's dream of going past 300 looked unlikely as they were reeling at 147/3 after 30 overs - scoring under five runs an over. However, to everyone's surprise and most importantly to West Indies' horror, the Proteas smashed a staggering 261 runs at the loss of just two wickets.

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