Scoring 162 off just 66 balls, AB de Villiers has made a new record of hitting the fastest ever 150 in ODI which helped his team to register a 257-run win against the West Indies in the World Cup on Friday.
West Indies were bowled out for 151 in reply to chase the Proteas’ enormous innings. South Africa shared the fourth largest margin of victory by runs in ODI cricket along with India. They also equaled the record for the largest margin of victory in the World Cup made by India who registered a 257-run victory win over Bermuda in 2007.
The 31-year-old player needed 64 balls to reach 150, beating the previous record set by Australia’s Shane Watson by 19 balls. In his aggressive innings, he hit 17 boundaries and 8 sixes. He now holds the record for the fastest ODI 50, 100, 150 and also the second fastest century in World Cup cricket.
He made 134 runs partnership with Rilee Rossouw, added 48 runs with David Miller and an unbeaten 80-run partnership in 3.2 overs with Farhaan Behardien. South Africa’s 408 for five was the second highest team total in the World Cup after India’s 413-5 against Bermuda at Port of Spain in 2007.
West Indies’ hope of playing in the second round is beyond question. They will have to win the remaining matches to keep their hope alive of getting a place in the second round.