South Africa Bag ODI Series As Amla, Rossouw Script Massive Win
South Africa 361-5 (Amla 133, Rossouw 132) beat
West Indies 230 (Samuels 50) by 131 runs
Fifth One-Day International, Centurion
Powered by mesmerizing hundreds from Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw, South Africa bagged the One-Day International series 4-1 against West Indies with a resounding 131-run victory at SuperSport Park, Centurion.
It was a thoroughly professional performance by the home side as they outclassed the visitors in all aspects of the game.
Earlier in the day, rain delayed the start of the game for more than two hours and the number of overs were revised to 42 per side.
After winning the toss and opting to bowl first, the West Indies bowlers failed to justify the decision as South Africa amassed a massive 361 runs in 42 overs for the loss of merely five wickets.
South Africa lost two early wickets as Quinton de Kock (4) and Faf du Plessis (16) returned back to the pavilion without troubling the scorers for too long.
Amla (133) was joined by Rossouw (132) when the scoreboard read 59 for two.
After carefully laying a platform at the beginning of their innings, both of the batsman combined to build a mammoth 247-run partnership for the third wicket.
Early in the partnership, the two batsman displayed perfect chemistry as Amla held on to one end while Rossouw went hammer and tongs at the other and smashed nine fours and eight sixes in his knock.
Upon reaching the 150-run partnership mark, Amla too joined the fun and took the bowlers apart, scoring 11 fours and six sixes en route to his hundred.
Towards the end, the run rate climbed steeply and the West Indian bowlers had no answers to the South African onslaught.
Amla and Rossouw fell after their respective hundreds, Duminy (18) and Miller (23) joined hands to play a short cameo.
South Africa scored more than 80 runs in their last five overs and it was a belligerent display of batting from them; sixes were hit at will and gaps were found with immense ease.
At the end of the innings, South Africa managed to put up a mammoth total of 361 for the loss of five wickets.
West Indies lacked discipline in bowling. Carlos Brathwaite (0-46) stood out with his economy rate of 5.1 runs per over.
Despite picking up three wickets, Andre Russell (3-85) was the most expensive bowler for West Indies. Jason Holder (2-77) was the other wicket-taker.
The West Indies response looked altogether disorientated. After losing Chris Gayle (0) from the very first ball of the innings, West Indies failed to get the momentum required to chase down the mammoth target.
Narsingh Deonarine (43), Dwayne Smith (31), Marlon Samuels (50) and Denesh Ramdin (40) got off to decent starts but failed to make it count.
West Indies kept on losing wickets are regular interval as the required run rate climbed above 12 runs per over.
Russell (24) tried to turn the game in the favor of West Indies with a late onslaught which was cut short by Wayne Parnell.
Parnell (4-42) was the leading bowler for South Africa with Kyle Abbott (2-59) playing the supporting act.
Rossouw was awarded the match of the match award for his extraordinary batting.
Amla bagged the man of the series award for his consistent performance throughout the series by scoring 413 runs with two hundred and two fifties at a staggering average of 206.50 in four innings.
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