West Indies 222  (47.3  ov)

South Africa 223/3  (42.5  0v)  SA won by 7 wickets

Man of the Match – AB de Viliers  107 off 105 Balls (8 x 4, 2 x 6)

Highlights of the Match

AB de Villiers: 107 off 105 balls (8 x 4, 2 x 6)

Imran Tahir 10 – 1 – 41 – 4

Partnership 84 runs, 14.2 overs, RR: 5.86 (Duminy 42, de Villiers 32)

GC Smith b Pollard 45 (78b 2×4 0×6) SR: 57.69

Partnership 100 runs, 19.4 overs, RR: 5.08 (Smith 40, de Villiers 60)

AB de Villiers 54 n/o  (5 x 4) (1 x 6)

Partnership 51 runs, 9.1 overs, RR: 5.56 (Smith 20, de Villiers 31)

JH Kallis c Sammy b Benn 4 (7b 0×4 0×6) SR: 57.14

HM Amla c †Thomas b Roach 14 (15b 2×4 0×6) SR: 93.33

Highlights of the West Indies Innings

DW Steyn 7.3-1-24-3

SJ Benn c Morkel b Steyn 6 (8b 1×4 0×6) SR: 75.00

DW Steyn 7-1-22-2

DJG Sammy lbw b Steyn 0 (4b 0×4 0×6) SR: 0.00

DC Thomas c Duminy b Imran Tahir 15 (26b 1×4 0×6) SR: 57.69

Imran Tahir 10-1-41-4

 KA Pollard lbw b Steyn 0 (1b 0×4 0×6) SR: 0.0

S Chanderpaul c Peterson b Imran Tahir 31 (51b 1×4 1×6) SR: 60.78

DJ Bravo run out 40 (37b 1×4 3×6) SR: 108.10

RR Sarwan lbw b Imran Tahir 2 (10b 0×4 0×6) SR: 20.00

DS Smith c & b Imran Tahir 36 (57b 3×4 0×6) SR: 63.15

DM Bravo lbw b Botha 73 (82b 8×4 1×6) SR: 89.02

Partnership 100 runs, 19.3 overs, RR: 5.12 (Smith 29, DM Bravo 67)

Darren Bravo 50 n/o

Botha to Gayle, OUT, ‘the Botha move has worked wonders, dangerman Gayle is gone to spin.



South Africa team

GC Smith*, HM Amla, JH Kallis, AB de Villiers†, JP Duminy, F du Plessis, J Botha, RJ Peterson, M Morkel, DW Steyn, Imran Tahir

West Indies team

CH Gayle, DS Smith, DM Bravo, RR Sarwan, S Chanderpaul, DJ Bravo, KA Pollard, DJG Sammy*, DC Thomas†, KAJ Roach, SJ Benn

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A consistent South Africa will have a clear edge over the unpredictable West Indies in Thursday’s Group B match at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.

One of the best teams never to have won a World Cup, South Africa’s aspirations could be gauged from the fact that they have packed three frontline spinners of different styles for the World Cup in the region where the tweakers thrive most.

At the same time, they have contemporary cricket’s deadliest pace pair in Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, one who thrives on pace while the other prefers bounce to torment the batsmen.

“There is always a place for genuine pace. I don’t think anybody likes to face people who bowl at 155 kph. If someone tells you they enjoy it, they are lying to you,” skipper Graeme Smith said.

They have a formidable line-up with Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla as the batting mainstays.

In contrast, twice champions West Indies lack the depth or variety of their opponents but in Chris Gayle, they have a player who can turn a game on its head on his day.

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