Cricket 27.2.2015 01:15 pm

257-run victory for Proteas

FILE PICTURE: Dean Elgar of the Proteas and Hashim Amla celebrates the win during day 5 of the 3rd Test between South Africa and West Indies at Sahara Park Newlands on January 06, 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)

FILE PICTURE: Dean Elgar of the Proteas and Hashim Amla celebrates the win during day 5 of the 3rd Test between South Africa and West Indies at Sahara Park Newlands on January 06, 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)

Faced with a massive target of 409 for victory, the West Indies capitulated to hand South Africa a 257-run win in the Pool B encounter at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

In the end, it was almost too easy for the Proteas as they equalled the record for the highest margin of victory. India inflicted a similar defeat on Bermuda at the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011.

It was a day when both the batting and bowling departments shone with the efforts of AB de Villiers and company seeing South Africa to a healthy 408/5 after opting to bat first before Imran Tahir and Kyle Abbott took responsibility with the ball.

Tahir claimed figures of 5/45 in his 10 overs, while Abbott – who came into the side to replace the injured Vernon Philander – struck twice early on in the West Indies reply with Morne Morkel also claiming two scalps for 23 runs in 5.1 overs.

Dale Steyn bagged 1/24 and the rout was completed inside 35 overs of the chase as the West Indies were skittles for 151.

“It was a very enjoyable day. It was a really good performance after a disappointing one at the MCG. I’m really happy with the way the boys rocked put today, really motivated today to get the result,” De Villiers said in his post-match interview

The captain reigned supreme during South Africa’s innings, blasting his way to the fastest ever limited overs 150 during his eventual 162 off 66 hundreds.

There were also knocks of 61 off 39 balls from Rilee Rossouw, 65 off 88 from Hashim Amla and 62 off 70 balls by Faf du Plessis as the Proteas posted the highest ever total on Australian soil in this format of the game.

The West Indies endured a torrid time in their run-chase as they lost Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels early before stuttering to 63/7 as Tahir and his colleagues ran amok.

“He’s showed against all kinds of opposition that he can stand his own. Just amazing control and variation tonight so very chuffed for him,” De Villiers said of the spinner’s efforts.

The victory was vital as South Africa looked to bounce back after a heavy defeat at the hands of India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last weekend. They now move on to Canberra to take on Ireland on Tuesday.

 

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