De Villiers Delivers
De Villiers did the Gayle in what turned out to be a one sided match between South Africa and West Indies. West Indian bowlers took quite a beating with bowlers going for more than 10 an over.
South Africa won the toss and chose to bat first. The West Indian bowlers bowled brilliantly in the first 5 overs. They built pressure on Amla and De Kock by slowing the scoring rate. De Kock succumbed to this pressure and was out playing a loose shot. There on Amla and Plessis played cautiously and got a good partnership going. But, just when they had settled and were looking to accelerate, they got out in a space of 2 deliveries.
Amla and Plessis built the foundation Source
Rossouw and De Villiers were the 2 new batsmen at the crease. Both of them didn’t take time to settle down and started playing their shots from the start and kept the scorecard ticking. Rossouw got out for a well made 61 of 39 balls. After his dismissal it was a complete De Villiers show. West Indies leaked close to 150 runs in the final 10 overs or to be more specific 102 runs in the last 5 overs. You can’t blame the West Indian bowlers as De Villiers was in top form. He was hitting the ball in all parts of the ground, reverse sweeping medium pacers on some occasions. He scored 30 runs of the final over bowled by Holder and made 162 runs of 66 balls, taking the team total to a whopping 408.
West Indian batting fell apart due to brilliant spells bowled by Abbot and Tahir. At one point it didn’t even look like they would touch 100 with the score reading 63/7. Ramdin and Holder took West Indies beyond 100 and they were bundled out for 151 runs.
A good day for Tahir with the bowl Source
AB De Villiers was awarded the Man of the Match for his brilliant knock.
India would be thanking Mohit Sharma for getting AB run out in their previous match and thus saving India from this berserk knock by Ab.