Friday 31 May 2013 

Duminy, Du Plessis Overpower Netherlands

Duminy, Du Plessis Overpower Netherlands
Duminy, Du Plessis Overpower Netherlands
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South Africa 341-3 (Duminy 150no, du Plessis 62no) beat
Netherlands 257-9 (Peterson 4-67) by 84 runs
One-Day International, Amstelveen
Report by John Pennington

Triumphant returns from injury for batsmen JP Duminy and Faf du Plessis boosted South Africa before they wrapped up an 84-run win over the Netherlands in their One-Day International in Amstelveen.

Duminy hammered 150 not out and du Plessis was unbeaten on 62 as the Proteas smashed 341 for three before the Netherlands closed on 257 for nine in reply.

The hosts managed to bat out their 50 overs thanks to opener Eric Szwarczynski's 98 and Peter Borren's 48 but Robin Peterson took four wickets to see the Proteas to a comprehensive win.

The Dutch had made a strong start, dismissing Hashim Amla (20) and Alviro Petersen (6) early before South Africa took control. Colin Ingram made 82 in 106 balls as he and Duminy added 151 for the third wicket.

After he fell, Duminy, who hit five fours and eight sixes in 119 balls and du Plessis, whose 43-ball stay was inclusive of two fours and five sixes, ripped the bowling to pieces in a sparkling stand of 152 inside the final 15 overs.

Mudassar Bukhari emerged with the best figures among the Dutch bowlers of two for 79 while Borren was the most economical, conceding 27 from his six overs.

Netherlands then got their reply off to a solid start as Szwarczynski, who faced 116 balls, and Johannes Myburgh, opening up with a 43-run partnership.

Farhaan Behardien had the latter caught and one over later Duminy had Wesley Barresi trapped in front for nought, the same fate soon befalling Tom Cooper off the bowling of Peterson and South Africa quickly took complete control.

Behardien struck again to remove Daan van Bunge (3) and although Szwarczynski and Borren added 60 for the fifth wicket, they were already well behind and by the time Szwarzynski fell, seventh man out with the score on 219, the game was as good as over, although the men in orange fought on to prevent South Africa dismissing them.

Peterson returned figures of four for 67, Behardien two for 34 with Duminy and Rory Kleinveldt striking once each.

South Africa now head to England ahead of Monday's Champions Trophy 2013 warm-up match against Pakistan at The Oval.

© Cricket World 2013

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