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Who would have predicted that: AB de Villiers shatters slew of records with fastest ODI ton off just 31 balls

South Africa's AB de Villiers plays a shot
South Africa's AB de Villiers plays a shot

In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.


AB de Villiers brought up his century off just 31 balls at a strike rate of 339, becoming the first batsman to score an ODI ton at a strike rate of over 300. de Villiers' partnership with Hashim Amla was the second-fastest 100-run stand for any wicket in an ODI, coming off just 33 balls.


Match Summary

South Africa 439/2 (50 overs) - Hashim Amla* 153 (142), AB de Villiers 149 (44); Andre Russell 1/78 (10), Jerome Taylor 1/95 (10)

West Indies 291/7 (50 overs) - Dwayne Smith 64 (65), Denesh Ramdin 57 (55); Morne Morkel 2/43 (10), Vernon Philander 2/69 (10)

Result - South Africa won by 148 runs


West Indies were already lagging behind in the second ODI on their tour of South Africa in 2015. The opening pair of Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw added 247 runs in just 38.3 overs.

Rossouw was the first to be dismissed on 128 off 115 deliveries. Hashim Amla carried on and finished unbeaten on 153 off 142 balls. He became the quickest batsman to reach 18 ODI centuries, taking just 102 innings.



With the platform set, AB de Villiers (149 off 44 balls) was promoted at one drop and he did what only he could have done. de Villiers raced to his half-century off just 16 deliveries, overtaking Sanath Jayasuriya's record for quickest half-century in ODIs.

ABD reached his century, needing just 15 more deliveries. With three batsmen scoring tons in a single ODI innings, it became the first such instance. Courtesy of that, South Africa posted their highest ODI total of 439/2.


Fall of wickets: 1-247 (Rilee Rossouw, 38.3 ov), 2-439 (AB de Villiers, 49.4 ov)

West Indies were not expected to win and they did not try hard either. Their biggest hope, Chris Gayle was dismissed in the fifth over. Dwayne Smith and Denesh Ramdin scored half-centuries but the knocks came at almost a run a ball which was never going to help them.

South Africa won the match by 148 runs, but more importantly, broke several records on the way.

Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Chris Gayle, 4.5 ov), 2-63 (Leon Johnson, 9.5 ov), 3-122 (Dwayne Smith, 21.2 ov), 4-148 (Marlon Samuels, 24.6 ov), 5-231 (Jonathan Carter, 36.6 ov), 6-232 (Andre Russell, 37.2 ov), 7-253 (Denesh Ramdin, 41.2 ov)




South Africa - Hashim Amla, Rilee Rossouw, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (c & wk), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir 

West Indies - Dwayne Smith, Chris Gayle, Leon Johnson, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Jonathan Carter, Daren Sammy, Andre Russell, Jason Holder (c), Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn


Match Details

Match: RSA v WI, 2nd ODI, West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15 

Date: Sunday, January 18, 2015 

Toss: West Indies won the toss and decided to bowl  

Venue: New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 

Umpires: Steve Davis, Adrian Holdstock 

Third Umpire: Sundaram Ravi 

Match Referee: Chris Broad 


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