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Batting Riot In South Africa

It is not very often one get to see the type of batting display in a One Day Innings (ODIs) as that of South Africa against the West Indies (W.I.)

It was a remarkable record-breaking day for the rampant South African team which won the game by 148 runs.

South Africa 439 for 2 (Amla 153*, de Villiers 149, Rossouw 128) beat West Indies 291 for 7 (Smith 64, Ramdin 57).

The batting onslaught was not only brutal, but also batting savagery at its best by South Africa’s captain AB de Villiers. He feasted off all the West Indies bowlers, and there was none to stop his exploit or prevent his butchering as he plundered the West Indies bowling attack to all parts of the ground.

The Tale Of Burnham, Lloyd, And WI Cricket CaptaincyBy so doing, he blasted his way into the record books with the fastest century in ODIs, off just 31 balls to beat the previous quickest set by Corey Anderson off 36 balls little more than a year ago, as South Africa beat their own record at the Wanderers and racked up 439, four shy of the world record total of 443.

De Villiers made the game his own by clobbering 16 sixes, the most by a South African and the joint-highest number of sixes overall in an ODI innings.

In addition, his batting massacre makes the following statistics looks like a fantasy:

Thirty-one balls to reach his hundred, a world record. The previous record was held by Corey Anderson who scored a 36-ball hundred against West Indies in Queenstown in 2014.

Sixteen balls to get his fifty, another world record. The previous record was held by Sanath Jayasuriya, who scored 50 of 17 balls against Pakistan in 1996.

Sixteen sixes, equaling the world record for the most sixes in an ODI innings, by Rohit Sharma during his innings of 209 against Australia in 2013.

40 Minutes to get to his hundred.

19 minutes to reach his fifty.

The game was completely dominated by the South Africans as the opening pair of Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw also joined in the fun by scoring 153 and 128, respectively.

The West Indies had no answer to the South African rampage and in their turn at the wicket could only muster a meager total of 291 for 7.

There were no heroics from West Indies talismanic batsman Chris Gayle as he was the first to depart when he miscued a pull shot and was out in the fifth over. Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Smith, Jonathan Carter, and Denesh Ramdin all tried to put up a resistance, but the South African bowling attack proved too much for them and in the end the West Indies crumbled.

The end result has now placed the South Africans 2-0 up in the series.

Both teams will now head to East London to renew their battle in the third game of the five match series on Wednesday, January 21.

Readers Bureau, Contributor

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