Mohali, March 3: A dynamite innings of 134 from just 98 balls by A B de Villiers powered South Africa to an overwhelming total of 351/5 in their 50 overs against the Netherlands. De Villiers was given ample support from Hashim Amla who also notched up a century as the two put on a partnership of 221 runs.
J P Duminy then effected a flourish at the death, notcing up 40 off just 15 balls. Most of the Dutch bowlers came in for a pasting, except paceman Mudassar Bukhari who went for 44 in 10 overs, while Ryan Ten Doeschate finished with figures of 3/72.
Being put into bat, South Africa got off to a fairly brisk start courtesy a few shots to the boundary off the bat off Hashim Amla. But no sooner had the Proteas crossed 50 in the 13th over, than Bernard Loots bowled Graeme Smith fr 20 off 32 balls. Just three overs later, Ryan Ten Doeschate got Jacques Kallis caught behind for 2 off 12 and the South Africa were 58/2 in 15.3 overs.
However, from then on, Amla and A B de Villiers held sway, first putting the house in order with a steady start to their stand and then getting on top of the Dutchmen. In the 17th over, de Villiers hit Doeschate for two consecutive fours. The batting dup then pressed on reaching 100/2 in the 23rd over, just as Amla brought up his fifty.
It was not long before de Villier notched up his own fifty, the landmark coming in the 31st over before immediatley taking his side past 150. In the 34th over, Amla and de Villiers each took a four of Berend Westdijk and then crossed 200 in the 39th over. Over later, Amla had reached his century.
Off-spinner Pieter Seelaar who had been effective in his side's last game against the West Indies, was off-colour today. In the 42nd over, the batting pair knocked a six and two fours off him. But the Netherlands' most expensive over was yet to come. In the 44th, de Villiers clobbered Loots for three consecutive sixes and Amla rounded off the over with a boundary.
Then de Villiers hit three consecutive boundaries off Doeschate before Amla was run out in the that, the 45th over for 113 off 130 balls. De Villiers was himself run out in the 465th over, having made 134 from 98 balls, before J P Duminy knocked off 40 runs off 15 balls to take South Africa to 351/5 in 50 overs.