Today was a monumental match. This match will be remembered for a long time. Today we saw some unbreakable records being broken. The match took place in New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. South Africa has the upper hand in this tour. In the first 3 Tests it has won 2 of it and in 3 T20s also South Africa has won 3 matches. And they are still leading in the ODI. Today’s match was an easy win for the South Africa thanks to Hashim Amla, Rilee Rossouw and AB de Villiers who proved that nothing is impossible when one is determined. These three men scored 439 runs equaling their previous record. The West Indies had no chance and lost by a huge margin. These three men etched their names in stone.
West Indies won the toss and opted to field first. The match started by South African innings and Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw came to bat first. South Africa played slow but steadily in the beginning. The powerplay was average and South Africa scored only 51 runs and didn’t lose any wicket. On the 14.5 over the umpire dismissed Rilee Rossouw for a LBW. But Rilee Rossouw took the review and later it was found that everything was fine and it was an inside edge so the umpire’s decision was reversed and Rilee Rossouw continued his batting.
Had he been dismissed at this point the whole scenario would have been completely different. After the drinks break Hashim Amla scored his half century. And soon South Africa scored 100 runs and was going strong. The opening pair stood there for a very long time and seemed unstoppable. And at the 38.3 over West Indies had something to celebrate as they dismissed Rilee Rossouw. Jerome Taylor was the bowler who took his wicket. But this wicket of Rilee Rossouw turned out to be dangerous for the West Indies as AB de Villiers came to bat who completely destroyed the West Indies bowling attack.
Now AB de Villiers was in charge. He started from the very first ball and didn’t stop. In just 16 balls he scored the fastest century in ODI history. And this was not the end, he kept hitting and scored the fastest century in ODI history. Till now he had hit 10 sixes and 8 fours. That’s 92 runs from boundaries. He kept hitting till the last over. He was dismissed in the 49.4th over and scored 149 runs in just 44 balls.
The other important we should not forget is Hashim Amla who stood there from the first ball to the last ball. He kept his composure and truly was a legend today. He had great partnership with the other batsmen. He was involved in two partnership which had 247 runs and 192 runs. And his score was 153 runs, not out.
It was time for West Indies to come to bat. The runs required was humongous. And indeed it was as they were unable to conquer to it. The two big guys came to bat, Dwayne Smith and Chris Gayle. The West Indies were on huge pressure and it showed. Soon the start of the innings West Indies lost its first wicket. Chris Gayle was the first to be dismissed by Morne Morkel in the 5th over and scored only 19 runs. This was a setback for West Indies. Because Chris Gayle is the only one who is capable of innings of likes of de Villiers. As West Indies was recovering it lost a wicket again. It was of Leon Johnson, who scored only 1 run from 15 balls. Dwayne was leading his team slow and steadily. But soon he too left in the 22nd over and scored only 64 runs. Now West Indies was in deep trouble.
It was inevitable for them to win this match. Wickets were falling every 4-5 overs. Runs were being scored but it was not enough. The South African bowling took the control of the match and no batsmen stopped the bowlers. The match came to an end and South Africa was victorious. South Africa won by a staggering 148 runs. It seems the West Indies are weaker against South Africa. Nevertheless three matches are still left and still they have some chances of winning.