An unbelievable finish of 408/5 was made by South Africa Proteas, led by captain AB De Villiers, against West Indies in a World Cup Pool B contest at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Friday.
The unstoppable De Villiers managed to destroy the West Indians and smash the second fastest century in World Cup history, with a whooping 17 boundaries and eight sixes at will and an unbeaten 162 off just 66 balls, leading his team to amass 150 runs in the last 10 overs. Yep. Thatâ€™s the second highest total after India’s 413/5 against Bermuda in 2007.
Windies captain Jason Holder stood no chance as De Villiers mercilessly smashed 34 runs in the 48th over and hammered another 30 runs off the last over, scoring 78 off the last three, clouting four sixes off the pace bowler’s final over.
Too bad for Holder who was actually hoping to give it his best shot at the game. But now it seemed like his confidence had taken a serious hit.
After nabbing a six in 52 balls and the fastest 150, De Villiers managed to score the second fastest hundred in World Cup history, only behind Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien’s off 50 balls against England in the 2011 tournament.
Of course, the win wasn’t all because of De Villiers’ effort. He was backed by a solid supporting team with Hashim Amla contributing 65 off 88 balss, Faf du Plesssis 62 off 70 and Rilee Rossouw slamming 61 off 39 balls.
It was a great, unexpected win as the South Africa wasn’t able to make a good start, especially after that disappointing 130-run loss to India, but managed to give their best shot in the last 15 overs.
Now if they keep this winning streak up, that World Cup trophy will be right at their finger tips.