De Villiers Sends West Indies On The Leather Hunt During 2nd ODI
The 2nd ODI played between hosts South Africa and West Indies will be remembered for a long time to come. It was a busy day for the statisticians as records started to tumble once South Africa decided to pounce on the weak West Indies attack at the Wanderers yesterday. The main architect of the devastating innings against West Indies was South African captain AB de Villiers, who smashed three records on the way to complete his innings of 144 off just 44 balls.
During the course of the innings, De Villiers set three new ODI records. The first record was to eclipse the fastest fifty, scored by Sanath Jayasuriya in 1996, which he had achieved of just 17 balls against Pakistan at a small Padang Sports Club in Singapore in 1996. AB reached his 50 runs in just 16 balls.
AB De Villiers then went on to score the fastest 100 runs in one day international and broke the record held by New Zealand’s Corey Anderson. Corey had got his ODI record for the fastest hundred in 36 balls against the same West Indies side. But, AB de Villiers went on to score his 100 in just 31 balls.
AB also smashed a total of 16 sixes in his innings of 149 runs. He equalled the record of most number of sixes held by Rohit Sharma of India during his epic 209 runs against Australia in 2013. But, Rohit had taken 158 balls to hit the 16 sixes and AB did it in just 44 balls.
The ODI also saw the most hundreds in an innings with Hashim Amla scoring 153 not out and Rilee Rossouw scoring 128 runs apart from the record breaking 149 run knock by captain De Villiers. South Africa went on to score 439 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in their allotted 50 overs to record their highest ODI score against a full member ICC team.
Another ODI record set at Wandereres yesterday was the fastest second wicket partnership and the pair of Hashinm Amla and AB de Villiers added on 192 runs in just 67 balls during their 2nd wicket partnership. AB also set the fastest ODI strike rate during his mammoth innings and his strike rate stood at 333.63 in the innings. No other player has passed hundred runs in ODI with a strike rate above 300.
South Africa eventually won the ODI comfortably by 148 runs as the West Indies were able to just make 291 runs for 7 wickets in their 50 overs. South Africa is now 2-0 up in this five match ODI series.