Proteas hammer Dutch by 231 runs

Mohali, India – Brilliant batting by AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla helped South Africa script a 231-run victory – the fourth-biggest in ICC Cricket World Cup history – over the Netherlands in their Group B match on Thursday.

While Amla laid the foundation with a brilliant 113, de Villiers made a blazing 134 to help South Africa put up 351-5 off their 50 overs on a good battingpitch at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium. The pair added a record 221 for the third wicket. Amla, the top ranked batsman in the ICC ODI rankings, hit just eight boundaries and faced 130 balls.

For de Villiers, it was his second ton in as many innings to follow up his match-winning century in their opening match against the West Indies. He required just 98 balls and cracked 13 fours and four sixes. He collected his second Man-of-the-Match award of the tournament.

After de Villiers fell, JP Duminy blasted 40 from just 18 balls with four massive sixes. For the Dutch, Ryan ten Doeschate was the best bowler with 3-72 from 10 overs.

In their reply the Netherlands managed only 120 off 34.5 overs. The only batsman to offer any resistance was Wesley Barresi who top-scored with 44. For South Africa the best bowlers were leg-spinner Imran Tahir (3-19), seamer Jacques Kallis (2-19) and left-arm spinner Robin Peterson (2-22).


Mon, 03/07/2011 - 06:39