Thursday 3 March 2011 

South Africa Hand Netherlands Crushing 231-Run Defeat

South Africa Hand Netherlands Crushing 231-Run Defeat
South Africa Hand Netherlands Crushing 231-Run Defeat
© REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET IMAGE OF THE DAY) Picture Supplied by Action Images
 

South Africa 351-5 (de Villiers 134, Amla 113) beat
Netherlands 120 (Barresi 44by 231 runs
ICC Cricket World Cup Group B, Mohali

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Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers scored centuries as South Africa scored a second straight Cricket World Cup win by thrashing the Netherlands by 231 runs in Mohali.

South Africa closed their 50 overs on an imposing score of 351 for five before the Netherlands were dismissed for 120; South Africa registering the fourth highest World Cup victory in terms of runs.

Amla made 113 in 130 balls before de Villiers struck his second century in as many matches, blasting 134 in just 98 deliveries as the Proteas continued their strong form with the bat.

Coming off a comprehensive seven-wicket win against the West Indies, they were put into bat by the Netherlands and although they lost Graeme Smith (20) and Jacques Kallis (2) cheaply, they prospered once Amla and de Villiers came together.

They put on 221 for the third wicket, Amla hitting eight fours while de Villiers smacked 13 fours and four sixes. The partnership was finally broken when Amla was caught by Bernard Loots off Ryan ten Doeschate before de Villiers was run out attempting a second run to Peter Borren in the deep.

JP Duminy then hammered 40 in just 15 balls with four sixes to push South Africa way past the 300-mark while Francois du Plessis was unbeaten on 18 in 14 balls.

Ten Doeschate emerged as the pick of the bowlers with figures of three for 72, dismissing Amla, Smith and Duminy.

The Netherlands then made a good start to their innings, openers Alexei Kervezee (10) and Wesley Barresi (44) putting on 26 for the first wicket which fell when Kervezee was caught and bowled by Kallis.

However, once Tom Cooper (9) became Kallis's second wicket, wickets tumbled quickly and South Africa raced to victory as they required just 34.5 overs to bowl the Netherlands out.

Barresi struck five fours and batted fluently, facing 66 balls, but he was alone in presenting the South Africans with much of a problem, as only five players reached double figures and no other player could pass 15.

Kallis returned two for 19 before South Africa's spinners, as they did against the West Indies, took on the responsibility of closing out the game.

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir took his wicket tally to seven for the tournament by taking the last three wickets for a cost of 19 runs, left-armer Robin Peterson returned two for 22 and off-spinner Duminy had Barresi stumped to finish with one for 16.

Dale Steyn, who trapped ten Doeschate in front for 11, was the other man to take a wicket.

The Netherlands also lost their two opening game in the tournament against England and the West Indies.

© Cricket World 2011

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