South Africa beats West Indies by 131 runs in 5th ODI
CENTURION, South Africa (AP) — Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw both smashed centuries in a record stand as South Africa thumped the West Indies by 131 runs in a rain-affected fifth one-day international on Wednesday.
Amla hit 133 from 105 balls and Rossouw scored 132 in 98 deliveries to give South Africa the ideal World Cup sendoff, as it amassed 361-5 after a late start to the game saw it reduced to 42 overs per side.
The pair put on 247 together - a record third-wicket stand for South Africa in which they added the last 152 runs in just 63 deliveries.
Chris Gayle was then dismissed off the first ball of the West Indian reply, which was snuffed out by Wayne Parnell’s four wickets in 10 deliveries.
The tourists were eventually bowled out for 230 inside 38 overs to lose the series 4-1.
Afternoon rain delayed the start of play by two and a half hours and provided the West Indian seamers with some early movement through the air.
But while Quinton de Kock (4) fell cheaply on his return from injury and Faf du Plessis made just 16, Amla and Rossouw saw off the early threat and then moved through the gears with alarming speed.
Amla went to his half-century in 49 balls and Rossouw needed 60, but the pair went on to hit 14 sixes as the West Indian bowlers had no answer to the assault.
While man of the match Rossouw’s century was his second in ODIs, Amla became the fastest batsman to reach 19 in the one-day game, bringing it up in his 107th match.
Their third-wicket partnership beat the 238 put on by Amla and AB de Villiers against Pakistan in 2013, and became the second highest of all time - behind the 258 scored by Darren Bravo and Denesh Ramdin for the West Indies against Bangladesh last year.
Andre Russell dismissed both batsmen late on and shared the five South African wickets with captain Jason Holder, but the duo were not spared the onslaught as they conceded 162 runs in the 17 overs they bowled.
The West Indian reply started abysmally when Gayle was caught behind off the bowling of Kyle Abbott, who also dismissed top-scorer Marlon Samuels (50) to end a 91-run stand between Samuels and Denesh Ramdin (40).
Parnell’s burst took care of the middle order as the West Indies lost four wickets for five runs, and the left-armer finished with figures of 4-42 from his nine overs as South Africa wrapped up another convincing victory.