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Rampant Proteas give AB a runaway start

AB de Villiers could not have hoped for a more successful captaincy debut than the 258 runs winning margin his Proteas' Castle Lager squad achieved in the opening Sunfoil ODI at Boland Park on Wednesday evening. It was the third biggest winning margin in the history of ODI cricket in terms of runs, bettered only by the Proteas' victory by 272 runs over Zimbabwe at Sahara Park Willowmoore last season and New Zealand's victory over Ireland by 290 runs at Aberdeen in 2008.

The Proteas set up a huge total of 301/8 – their fourth highest against Sri Lanka – highlighted by Hashim Amla's ninth ODI century and then destroyed Sri Lanka for the joint fourth lowest total in the history of the game of 43 all out. The innings only lasted 20.1 overs which made it the 15th shortest ODI innings in terms of balls bowled.

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Sri Lanka routed by 258 runs in 1st ODI at Paarl

ab_de_villiersBoland Park at Paarl was hosting its first ODI game in 9 years, and witnessed a bizarre contest dominated by South Africa from start to finish as they hammered the visiting Lankans by a huge margin of 258 runs to gain a 1-0 lead in the Sunfoil ODI series. After winning the toss and batting first on a beautiful batting deck, South Africa posted a total of 301-8 in their quota of 50 overs. A 144 run stand for the 2nd wicket between Hashim Amla (112) and Jacques Kallis (72) provided the perfect platform for the hosts to rake in a 300 plus score. The South African commander, AB de Villiers celebrated his debut as skipper by scoring a thrill-a-minute fifty and taking 2 catches. Lasith Malinga (5-53) was instrumental in pegging the Proteas back in the death overs with a 330+ score looking very much on the cards. In pursuit of 302, Dilshan's men crashed to 43 all out, their lowest in ODI cricket. Shockingly only, Kosala Kulesekara (19) got into double figures. The chief destroyer was Morne Morkel (4-10) who sliced through the Lankan batting unit. Lonwabo Tsotsobe picked up 3 wickets while tweaker Robin Petersen chipped in with 2.

Sri Lanka, whose cricketing fortunes has suffered a sharp dip since their run to the Final of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, collided with hosts South Africa in the opener of the 5 match ODI series on a hot, sultry afternoon at Boland Park in Paarl. A subcontinental like wicket lit up the eyes of the Lankan lions, who had the amazing advantage of playing more matches at Paarl than the home team.The flip of the coin went South Africa's way and they elected to bat first without any second thoughts.

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India complete 34 run win in Chennai to wrap up series 4-1

india_celebrate2The fans in Chennai got treated to two contrasting centuries, as Manoj Tiwary and Kieron Pollard scored tons for their respective sides in an entertaining contest won by the hosts by 34 runs. Batting first, India recovered from some early strikes by Kemar Roach to post a challenging 267/6 on the back of a maiden century from Tiwary and a combative 80 from Virat Kohli. The West Indies in response sunk to 36/4 but a powerful hundred from Kieron Pollard and an equally entertaining 50 from Andre Russell just about kept them in the contest. Pollard fought the good fight till the very end, and was the last man to be dismissed for 119 as the Windies fell agonizingly short in this the fifth and final ODI of the series.

In possession of a 3-1 series lead, the Men In Blue collided with the West Indians for the last time in 2011 in the fifth ODI of the bilateral series at the M.A.Chidambaram stadim, Chennai.·The touring party were desperate to avoid a loss before heading home while the Indians were in no mood to concede even an inch. The dead rubber provided India a fine opportunity to test out their bench strength. The destructive Virender Sehwag who slammed a historic 219 at Indore, local boy R.Ashwin and speed merchant Vinay Kumar were rested to pave the way for the super-talented Ajinkya Rahane, 'Comeback man' Irfan Pathan and Chotta Dada - Manoj Tiwary.

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India trounce West Indies by 153 runs as Sehwag scores record 219

india_celebrate2The Nawab of Najagarh smashed his way to a spell-binding double ton etched with 25 boundaries and 7 half a dozens at Indore to propel India to a thumping victory by a whooping margin of 153 runs and with it clinch the bilateral series against the West Indies. During the course of his record-breaking whirlwind knock of 219 off just 149 balls, Virender Sehwag broke Sachin Tendulkar's record of 200* to become the owner of the highest individual score in One day International cricket history. Viru forged meaty partnerships with Gambhir(67) and Raina (55) as India breached the 400 run mark with effortless ease. Later in the evening, India's spin trio of Ashwin, Rahul Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja strangled the visitors into submission. The West Indies never really recovered from Sehwag's breath-taking onslaught and crashed to 265 all out.

The resurgent West Indian side which downed India at Ahmedabad on Monday took on the hosts in the penultimate game of their challenging tour at the Holkar stadium in Indore. Sammy's soldiers were eyeing a repeat performance to keep the rubber alive. The pitch curator provided confirmation that a run-riot was in the offing at the Holkar stadium. India's stand-in-skipper Virender Sehwag won the toss for the fourth consecutive game and declared to bat first infront of a packed house. Both teams instigated a single change. The Caribbeans swapped the injured Darren Bravo for left hand opening batsman Kieran Powell while India replaced Umesh Yadav who was on the early flight to Australia with, leggie Rahul Sharma, who was making his international debut. Meanwhile, The Indian fans were denied of an opportunity to catch Baroda allrounder Irfan Pathan in action . Pathan last represented India in the 2009 T20 World Cup.

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