De Villiers Smashes Record, Proteas Hammer West Indies
South Africa 439-2 (Amla 153no) beat
West Indies 291-7 (Smith 64) by 148 runs
Second One-Day International, Johannesburg
AB de Villiers set a new world record with a 31-ball century to set up a 148-run win for South Africa over the West Indies in the second One-Day International in Johannesburg.
He then proceeded to smash the West Indies bowlers to all parts on his way to a 16-ball half-century (also a record), a 31-ball century and he finally finished on 149 in 44 deliveries.
His whirlwind innings contained nine fours and 16 sixes and it enabled South Africa to post a national record score of 439 for two.
Without one of those players going on to score at least a century, they were always going to struggle and closed on 291 for seven.
Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander grabbed a brace of wickets as South Africa eased into a 2-0 series lead with three matches remaining.
De Villiers' brilliance was allowed to flourish as Amla notched up his 18th ODI century and Rossouw his first during the highest partnership for any wicket by a pair of South Africans in an ODI.
Amla struck 14 fours as he batted through the 50 overs to score a new career-best and Rossouw, who has registered five ducks in his first 10 ODI innings, repaid the confidence showed in him by the selectors with a fluent 128 in 115 balls with 11 fours and two sixes.
Their partnership was finally broken when Rossouw was caught by Sulieman Benn off Jerome Taylor but there was no let-up for the fielding side.
De Villiers then pulled out his full repertoire of strokes, from straight drives that sailed over the fence, to reverse sweeps and laps over fine leg that went where the fielders werent - often enough in the crowd.
He broke Sanath Jayasuriya's 17-ball half-century record by one ball and then obliterated Corey Anderson's record of a 36-ball century. He was on course to also score the quickest 150 only to fall one run short when he was caught by Jonathan Carter off Andre Russell.
South Africa's total of 439 for two is second only to Sri Lanka's 443 for nine and is the highest score registered against a Full Member country.
And for the first time in ODIs, three batsmen scored a century in the same innings.
Much was expected from Chris Gayle as the West Indies began their daunting task but he was unable to deliver, making 19 in 13 balls before he was well caught in the deep by Farhaan Behardien off Morkel.
Leon Johnson was then trapped in front by Philander for one before Smith (64 in 65 balls), Marlon Samuels (40 in 48), Ramdin (57 in 55) and Carter (40 in 39) all played useful hands, but on this occasion, they were far from match-winning ones.
Samuels was just looking as if he was going to start accelerating powerfully when he was drilled Philander to Behardien at cover, Ramdin played smartly before top-edging a pull and Carter displayed excellent shot seletion until he tried to pull Dale Steyn and only found substitute fielder Wayne Parnell.
Russell was caught by Faf du Plessis off Imran Tahir for a golden duck before Darren Sammy (25 not out) and Jason Holder (21 not out) almost got the West Indies to the 300-run mark by the end of the match.
Morkel returned two for 43, Philander two for 69, Steyn one for 29, Tahir one for 60 and Behardien one for 39.
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