Proteas scramble to victory

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AB de Villiers scrambled a final-ball single to win the match as South Africa beat West Indies by seven wickets in Roseau to stay on course for a one-day international series sweep.

Hashim Amla’s excellent century had given South Africa the platform to push for victory, despite the hosts having posted 303 for six when batting first.

After losing the opening three matches of the five-match series, the campaign had already been a failed one for West Indies, however Chris Gayle’s team put themselves in a strong position in this fourth tussle between the teams.

Source: UK Press Association – May 31, 2010

AB Clocks Up Another Century

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AB will play his 100th ODI todayAB de Villiers will reach the landmark of 100 One-Day International appearances in the fourth ODI between the Proteas and West Indies at Dominica’s Windsor Park Stadium on Sunday.

All but six of those matches have been for the Proteas.

De Villiers has, together with Hashim Amla, been the star turn for the Proteas in the 50 overs format of the game over the past year with four centuries in his last 8 matches against England, India and the West Indies. And he would almost certainly have added another three-figure score to his tally but for an unfortunate run out during Friday’s series-clinching match at the same venue.

Together with Sachin Tendulkar he has been the most consistent batsman in ODI cricket over the last year and is pushing hard for the No. 1 ranking on the ICC Reliance Mobile ratings. He is currently ranked No. 3 (after the first two matches of the current series).

His achievement in scoring three centuries in a row against India and the West Indies made him a joint world record holder along with his compatriot, Herschelle Gibbs, and the Pakistan duo of Zaheer Abbas and Saeed Anwar.

De Villiers said he was enjoying his current role of being No. 4 batsman and wicketkeeper. “I have been given a lot of responsibility and, although it is tiring, I am really enjoying the challenge.

“We have been given a good start by our top three in the current series and I am trying to provide the leadership in the middle-order where we have a lack of experience at the moment.”

Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola extended his congratulations to De Villiers on reaching this landmark. “CSA sends its heartiest congratulations to AB de Villiers on reaching his 100th ODI appearance.

“This is a remarkable achievement and CSA is very proud of this great cricketer. He has graced the field of play wherever the game is played and history will certainly record his fine efforts.

“AB has made us all feel most proud to be South Africans and he epitomises Pure Protea 100% South African.”

Amla also reached a landmark of note when he scored his 1 000th ODI run in the first match of the current series. It was his 25th innings which makes him the quickest South African to reach this mark and the fifth fastest in the world.

With the ODI series decided and the Test series looming less than two weeks away the Proteas may opt for a policy of rotation in the remaining two ODIs.

“That is a matter for discussion,” commented captain Graeme Smith, “but I want to assure everybody that we are aiming for a 5-0 series clean sweep whatever we decide to do.”

Source: Cricket South Africa – May 30, 2010

AB’s Man of the Match Presentation

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A video of AB’s MOTM presentation against the West Indies in the 3rd ODI can be viewed here.

Clinical de Villiers seals Windies series

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AB de Villiers smacked yet another match-winning knock Friday as the touring South Africa won the third One Day International against West Indies by 67 runs and sealed the series 3-0 with two matches yet to be played.

On a slow pitch that had something for the finger and wrist spinners, South Africa were able to take the initiative after Graeme Smith decided to bat first as the skipper teamed up with Hashim Amla to fetch over 50 runs within the first 10 overs of the innings. Amla got out after scoring 34 runs from just 28 balls and Smith (29 from 41 balls) soon followed with 91 on the board in the 17th over. Kallis also failed to capitalise on a good start and fell for 31 from 41 balls. However, AB de Villiers made sure to keep one end strong as he continued to play his natural game, with some cautious approach, and let the ball come on the bat. He came out as the lone performer in the end as he scored well-grafted 70 runs from just 80 balls with wickets falling around him as South Africa were bundled out for 224 runs in 47.2 overs.

Kieron Pollard took three for 27, while Suleiman Benn and Dwayne Bravo captured two wickets apiece for 43 and 40 runs respectively.

West Indian hopes were standing on their skipper Chris Gayle, who looked serious to weather the storm of South African bowling, but couldn’t resist his shot-making instinct and fell prey to Charl Langeveldt for just 16 from 20. Richards and Chanderpaul tried to consolidate the innings but some disciplined bowling by the Proteas pacers took the game away from the hosts as their middle and lower middle order failed to fire once again as the whole team was back in the hut in 38 overs with only 157 runs on the board, thus handing tourists the series.

AB de Villiers was declared Man of the Match for his responsible innings of 70 runs.

Source: Sports Encounter – May 29, 2010 / LINDY RUMER

Smith salutes South Africa attack

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South Africa captain Graeme Smith hailed his bowlers after they propelled the Proteas to a series-clinching 67-run victory over West Indies in the third one-day international in Roseau.

AB de Villiers was the mainstay of the South Africa innings with 70 as the tourists posted a respectable but gettable 224 at Windsor Park despite losing their last five wickets for only 18 runs.

However, it proved a more than sufficient total as the hosts crumbled to 157 all out to suffer a third straight loss in the five-match series.

Morne Morkel finished with career-best ODI figures of four for 21 for South Africa while Charl Langeveldt claimed three for 30.

Smith told Sky Sports 4: “We knew the wicket had a bit in it for the ball, especially if you hit the deck hard. We knew we could get some stuff out of it.

“We felt we had let ourselves down with some poor cricket today, especially in the last 20 overs – a bit of awareness levels and making bad decisions under pressure.

“I think the bowlers must take the credit today. They bowled really well. They bowled with real aggression, intensity and today it’s their win.

“We spoke in the meeting yesterday about being more aggressive with the ball, in particular to a few of the players in the West Indies line-up.

“Today’s surface allowed us to do that, especially once the ball got older. It got two-paced when you hit the deck hard – one would go through and one would stop. It allowed us to use it effectively. Credit to the guys – they took it on board and it worked for us.”

The teams will be back in Roseau for the fourth ODI on Sunday and the series concludes on Thursday in Trinidad before the three-Test series gets under way next month.

“It’s fantastic to have won the first three games of the series and to be leading it 3-0,” Smith added. “Series wins are always important and we needed to bounce back and we did that so far.”

De Villiers, man of the match for his knock, also took three catches behind the stumps – the role of wicketkeeper having been handed to him rather than Mark Boucher with one eye on next year’s World Cup in the sub-continent.

“It’s important for the team for me to keep at the moment and that’s what I’ll do,” he said. “I’m enjoying it at the moment.

“Bouch is a great team man, always there to give a helping hand. He’s helped me quite a lot with the keeping.”

West Indies captain Chris Gayle was understandably dismayed with the result and the early series loss.

“Coming after that big effort in the last game, it was a big disappointment for us today,” he admitted.

“We started well – restricting them to 225 was a good total. We didn’t get it in the end, so another disappointment but we still have another two games to play and we’re going to keep working hard at it.

“There are two more games and we’re going to be positive. We still have a job to do so we’re going to do it to the best of our ability.”

Source: SportingLife – May 28, 2010