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South Africa annihilate The Netherlands

Chasing a mammoth 354-run target, the Netherlands were bundled up for a meagre total of 132 runs. South Africa win by 221 runs, reports Anjali Behl.

cricket Updated: Oct 05, 2007 15:01 IST
Anjali Behl

Chasing a mammoth 354-run target, The Netherlands were bundled up for a meagre total of 132 runs against South Africa in the World Cup Group A match at Warner's Park on Friday. In their spectacular innings, the South African batsmen created three records at Warner Park. First, Mark Boucher scored the fastest fifty in a World Cup match off just 21 balls. Second, Herschelle Gibbs hit six sixes in one over to create ODI record. And the last, they hit the maximum number of sixes in an innings - 18. After the South African batsmen put a phenomenal performance to stun the Dutch side, the minnows became submissive before the SA pace attack to lose the rain-inflicted game by 221 runs.

South Africa now level with Australia at two points each in the Group.

Herschelle Gibbs was the Man of the Match for his telling record. He scored total seven sixes in the match. Gibbs has now hit 21 sixes in 16 World Cup games – most by a South African in World Cup history.

The Netherlands innings

The Netherlands could not withstand the South African bowling for long as wickets kept falling like a pack of cards.

The Dutch top order suffered huge blows by South African ace paceman Shaun Pollock early in the game. Pollock initiated the run out of DarronReekers (4) before dismissing the other opener BazZuiderent (1). Pollock caught the ball from Alexei Kervezee at mid-on, off CharlLangeveldt's delivery. Kervezee faced 52 balls before returning at 17. Andrew Hall trapped Daan van Bunge before the wicket at five. Next, Smith dismissed Eric Szwarczynski for 12.

A direct throw at the non-striker's end by de

Villiers

sent back Ryan ten

Doeschate

off Kemp's delivery. He was the highest scorer of the Dutch innings with 57 off 74 balls.

In the last three overs, Justin Kemp and Graeme Smith packed three wickets - the former removed Tim de Leede (21) and skipper Luuk van Troost (5) while the latter initiated the run out of Peter Borren (2).

Earlier, the Netherlands won the toss and chose to field in their rain-affected match.

South Africa innings

South Africa started on a disastrous note as Dutch pacer Stelling packed AB de Villiers caught behind the wicket in the very second ball of the match. However, skipper Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis played sensibly to keep the momentum going for South Africa. Smith returned back off Peter Borren's delivery after firing 67 runs off 59 balls. Gibbs created ODI history striking six consecutive sixes in the 30th over of the game to upset all-rounder Daan van Bunge. But the Dutch captain Luuk van Troost got the better of Gibbs in the next over for 72 runs. Following Kallis and Gibbs's stride, Boucher offered a plethora of sixes to stun the opponents. Together with Kallis, who remained unbeaten on 128, Boucher maintained a fourth wicket partnership of 134 runs. They compiled 100 off just 45 runs. A wet field caused by overnight rain delayed the start of play by two-and-a-half hours, and the innings had been reduced to 40 overs. South Africa rested fast bowler MakhayaNtini. Left-arm spinner Robin Peterson was left out for tactical reasons, which meant part-time off-spinner Graeme Smith was South Africa's only slow bowling option. The Dutch omitted new-ball bowler Mark Jonkman and offieAdeel Raja from their playing eleven.

Teams:

South Africa: Graeme Smith (captain), AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, Ashwell Prince, Justin Kemp, Mark Boucher, Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall, CharlLangeveldt, Andre Nel. The Netherlands:BazZuiderent, DarronReekers, Ryan ten Doeschate, Alexei Kervezee, Eric Szwarczynski, Daan van Bunge, Tim de Leede, Peter Borren, Billy Stelling, Luuk van Troost (captain), JeroenSmits.