AB De Villiers scored the fastest 150 in the history of ODI Cricket history to lead South Africa to a recording breaking 2015 World Cup win over the West Indies in Sydney yesterday.
South Africa won the toss and elected to bat, but made a relatively slow start to their innings and they had only 146 runs on the board after almost 30 overs when De Villiers came to the crease.
De Villiers wasted no time getting after the West Indian bowlers and he ended up with an incredible 162 runs from just 66 balls to break the record for the first 150 in ODI matches by 19 balls as well as lead South Africa to the highest team total in Australia.
The West Indies needed Chris Gayle to replicate the feats of De Villiers and go close to scoring a second straight ton to be any chance of chasing down the monster total, but their chances were quickly put to bed when Gayle was dismissed in the second over.
Jason Holder, who was hit for over 100 runs in his ten over spell, was the only West Indian to score a half century and they were dismissed for just 151 to slump to the equal biggest loss in World Cup history; with in-form spinner Imran Tahir taking 5-45.
A typically gracious AB De Villiers was quick to praise his teammates for setting a base that allowed him to play aggressively in the final stages of the innings and he revealed that he almost missed the clash with the
“I had some stomach problems last night, I didn’t eat much and had a very rough night, but the doctor gave me an injection and I was on my way,” De Villiers said.
“The credit must go to the guys up front for setting a base.
“Rilee [Rossouw] inspired me a bit with his effort and that affected how I played.
“After timing a few I got the momentum behind me.
“The main thing is to know your own game, know your strengths and weaknesses and when to home in on the former.
“I enjoyed myself out there.
“I earned the right to have a go at the bowlers in the latter stages of the innings.”
South Africa return to action against Ireland in Canberra on Tuesday, while West Indies have a break before they face India at the WACA next Friday.
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