Sanath, Anderson lose records to 'Blitzkrieg' de Villiers

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AB de Villiers cut through the records yesterday as if he was talking a walk in the park, as he clobbered the fastest century in ODIs, off just 31 balls. Thereby he beat the previous quickest set by Corey Anderson off 36 balls little more than a year ago, as South Africa beat their own record at the Wanderers and racked up 439, four shy of the world record total of 443.

During the de Villiers 'Blitzkrieg' Sanath Jayasuriya's almost 19 year old record for the fastest fifty was also broken. Sanath had scored it off 17 deliveries against the Pakistani bowling in Singapore in 1996, just after the world cup. De Villiers's 50 came in 16 balls.

De Villiers' was the third hundred in a towering South African total - the first time three had been scored in an ODI innings - which also saw Rilee Rossouw register his maiden century and Hashim Amla his 18th, a career-best 153 not out, in the highest opening stand South Africa have ever posted of 247.

In less than an hour, de Villiers took an innings which was building well and turned it into a skyscraper. He clobbered 16 sixes, the most by a South African and the joint-highest number of sixes overall in an ODI innings, and dominated a 192-run second-wicket stand with Amla which lasted just 67 deliveries and in which runs were scored at 17.12 to the over. Amla only faced 30 balls and contributed 33. Such was de Villiers' dominance.

However, the West Indians too "broke" records, or rather the South Africans broke them on their behalf. Jerome Taylor had the record expensive return for a West Indian bowler in ODIs when his 10 overs cost 95 and Holder was not far behind. His nine overs went for 91. Dwayne Smith also took punishment and finished with an economy of 17 after one of his overs went for 30. He bowled only 4 overs.

The West Indies team could manage only 291 for 7 in their 50 overs.

Last modified on Monday, 19 January 2015 07:38

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