South Africa thrash Windies
South Africa eased to a 66-run victory over West Indies thanks to
centuries by Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers and some aggressive bowling
in the first one-day international on Saturday.
West Indies’ batsmen wilted to 215 all out from 44.1 overs as they
chased the tourists’ total of 280-7 from 48 overs which was powered by
Amla and de Villiers who both scored 102.
Amla registered his second career ODI century while de Villiers
struck his third ODI ton on the trot as they put on 129 for the third
wicket to lay the foundation for a big total.
Amla struck eight fours at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds
from 109 deliveries while de Villiers hit five fours and two sixes off
All-rounder Dwayne Bravo bowled with control to finish with figures
of three for 40 from 10 overs.
In the run chase Chris Gayle top scored for the hosts with 45 from 39
balls including eight powerful fours while Kieron Pollard blasted 44
from 37 deliveries with five fours and a six.
Their efforts were not nearly adequate enough to threaten South
Africa’s total as lanky pacer Morne Morkel captured three for 40 from
eight overs. He was supported by Dale Steyn and Ryan McLaren (both two
for 37) and Johan Botha (two for 47).
The second game in the five-match series will take place on Monday at
the same venue before the teams move to Dominica for a double header and
Jamaica for the final game.