Netherlands vs South Africa Match Report
South Africa crushed Netherlands in the 16th game of the ICC World Cup 2011 at Mohali
AB de Villiers got another century in the World Cup
South Africa handed Netherlands a drubbing in the 16th game of the ICC World Cup 2011 at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. South Africa won by 231 runs to hand the Dutch the fourth-worst ever defeat in World Cup history.
South Africa were inserted in to bat by the Dutch captain Peter Borren under cloudy skies and the Dutch bowlers looked to take advantage of the situation. The South African start was slow to begin with as both, the captain Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla struggled to get going.
In fact, Amla was once almost dismissed, edging to the wicket-keeper, and then had a close appeal and DRS review went against the Netherlands side.
Smith was finally dismissed for 20 when he was bowled by Bernard Loots and when Jacques Kallis nicked one to the wicket-keeper off the bowling of Ryan ten Doeschate, it looked like the side was in big trouble. With the score reading 58/2 in the 16th over, they had lost two quick wickets for a low score apart from the fact that the run rate wasnâ€™t too bright.
It was here that AB de Villiers joined Amla and the two were involved in a partnership that overturned the game in favour of South Africa. De Villiers was so aggressive that it looked that he was continuing from where he had left in the previous game against West Indies when he scored the century while Amla was content to rotate the strike over.
Amla was the first to get to his century and this was followed by de Villiers smashing his way to a century as well before he made another 34 runs off the next nine balls. Both Amla and de Villiers were soon dismissed but not before they had laid the foundation for a smashing 15-ball 40 by JP Duminy towards the end.
South Africa ended with 351/5 in their 50 overs with de Villiers scoring 134.
In reply, the Dutch needed a good start to get anywhere close to the total but all that they got was a quick fall of wickets. After the first wicket had fallen for 26 and then Tom Cooper, star from the previous games departed for nine, the South African spinners ran through the rest of the side like a hot knife through butter.
Imran Tahir impressed yet again with a four-wicket haul and Peterson and Duminy got three in all as well.
Netherlands were bowled out for 120, going down by 231 runs.