AB de Villiers, Imran Tahir Subject West Indies to Massive Defeat
Fri, Feb 27, '15
Sydney: Skipper AB de Villiers hammered the fastest 150 in ODI history as he led South Africa to a record-equalling 257-run win over the West Indies in a Pool B cricket World Cup match, here on Friday. Thanks to a sensational 66-ball 162 from de Villiers, South Africa posted World Cup's second-highest total of 408 for five and then inflicted further humiliation on the Caribbean side by skittling them out for a measly 151 in 33.1 overs.(Scorecard | Highlights) Leg-spinner Imran Tahir returned career-best figures of five for 45 to add insult to the West Indies injury.
Of all the numbers stacked against the name Everton de Courcy Weekes in scorebooks the world over, 90 carries an unfortunate significance.
It was his score in West Indies' first innings of the fourth Test against India in Chepauk, Madras, now Chennai, in January 1949. Ten more runs would have extended his overall record of five successive Test hundreds that has never been surpassed; he was cut short by a run-out decision by the square-leg umpire that Weekes now euphemistically describes as "rather doubtful".
If you go by numbers alone, Friday’s (Thursday, February 26 in the West Indies) clash in Sydney is one of the biggest mismatches of the tournament. South Africa has dominated the West Indies in recent seasons, winning 16 of their last 18 encounters. The only loss came at Port Elizabeth, in a dead rubber in January. You have to go back to November 2006 for the last time the West Indies won a big game against South Africa.
On that occasion in Jaipur, in the semifinal of the Champions Trophy, Chris Gayle biffed an unbeaten 133 from 135 balls as the West Indies went past a decent total with six overs to spare. That result was also indicative of how the rivalry has played out in global tournaments. South Africa has shaded it 3-2 at the World Cup, and they’re all square at 2-2 in the Champions Trophy, with the last game in Cardiff (2013) ending in a tie.