South Africa Annihilates West Indies

South Africa equalled the highest-ever ICC Cricket World Cup win by runs thanks to a 257-run annihilation of the West Indies in Sydney on Friday.  AB De Villiers set the fastest One Day International 150 by hammering an unbeaten 162 from only 66 balls, smashing 17 fours and eight sixes along the way.  De Villiers shared in a superb 134-run fourth wicket stand with Rilee Rossouw, who scored 61 from 39 deliveries.

The Proteas posted their highest World Cup score of 408/5 after Hashim Amla (65) and Faf Du Plessis (62) helped set the platform for the carnage that was to follow.  The South Africans were so rampant that they whacked 80 runs from the final 3.2 overs.  In reply the Windies lost two quick wickets as Kyle Abbott (2/37) dismissed Chris Gayle (7) and Marlon Samuels for a duck.

The Caribbean cricketers were relatively steady at 52/2 but crumbled to 63/7 as Imran Tahir ripped through the middle order on his way to a career-best 5/45.  There would be a late flurry by Jason Holder, who hit a cameo 56 from 48 balls but all it did was delay the inevitable as the former two-time champions folded to 151 all out in just 33.1 overs at the Sydney Cricket Ground.