South Africa set target 352 runs against Netherlands | South Africa vs Netherlands world cup 2011
South Africa set target 352 runs against Netherlands: Twin centuries from AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla helped South Africa overcome a sluggish start and post a commanding 351-5 against the Netherlands in a Cricket World Cup Group B match on Thursday. De Villiers (134) hit his second successive century in the tournament and featured in a marathon 221-run third wicket stand with Amla (113) to prop up the South Africans who were 58-2 in the 16th over.
Put into bat at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Amla and his opening partner Graeme Smith (20) found boundaries were not easy to come by against the disciplined Dutch bowlers backed by their agile fielders.
They laboured to the 50-mark in the 13th over and by then Amla had two lucky escapes, the ball falling just short of the fielder on both occasions.
Smith, however, was not so lucky and lost his leg stump to Bernard Loots’s fifth delivery.
Ryan ten Doeschate removed Jacques Kallis (2) cheaply to put pressure on the South Africans but de Villiers continued his fine form and forged a strong partnership with Amla to consolidate the innings.
Amla nudged the ball around to quietly reach his eighth century in one-day internationals, hitting eight fours in his 130-ball knock. De Villiers was more fluent in his brisk 98-ball innings that included 13 fours and four sixes, including three in a row off Loots, before he ran himself out in the 46th over. Some late lusty hitting from JP Duminy (40), including four sixes off 15 balls, gave a late flourish to an already imposing South African total.