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  1. South Africa win by 257 runs
  2. Windies crumble to 151 all out
  3. S Africa score 408-5 - 2nd highest WC total
  4. AB De Villiers scores fastest ODI 150
  5. Test Match Special coverage via audio icon

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By Phil Dawkes and Sam Sheringham

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That is the end of our coverage for today. Join us again in the early hours of tomorrow (at about 12:30 GMT) for the clash of the hosts, New Zealand v Australia in Auckland. Me and Sam are off for a proper lie down. In the words of the great Fred Trueman, I'll see thee.

AB de Villiers
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Well, that was all jolly exciting wasn't it? We've seen a second highest ever World Cup total, the

fastest ever ODI 150 from AB de Villiers, an impressive Imran Tahir five-for and much, much more. Who saw that coming halfway through the SA innings?

If you failed to rise early enough to catch AB de Villiers innings I urge you to track down the highlights ASAP. You won't be disappointed. Truly one of the great one-day innings, that few will forget, especially poor Jason Holder. The West Indies captain had figures for 1-9 after five overs. He ended with 1-104. Ouch.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

On AB De Villiers: "It's almost like witchcraft. He knows where the ball is going to be before the bowler knows it and he almost makes them put it there."


West Indies 151 all out (33.1 overs)

Fall of wickets: 12-1 (Gayle 3), 16-2 (Samuels 0), 52-3 (Carter 10), 52-4 (Smith 31), 53-5 (Simmons 0), 63-6 (Sammy 5), 63-7 (Russell 0), 108-8 (Ramdin 22), 150-9 (Holder 56), 151-10 (Benn 1)

Bowling figures: Steyn 7-0-24-1, Abbott 8-0-37-2, Morkel 5.1-0-23-2, Tahir 10-1-45-5, Du Plessis 3-0-17-0

South Africa won toss


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Captain's view

Jason Holder (sat) receives treatment

West Indies captain Jason Holder: "I thought we did well early in the game with the ball and keeping the run-rate down but then it got away from us.

"If you take away his [AB de Villiers] innings it is a totally different score but we dropped chances and psychologically chasing 400 is a huge task. We have some areas we need to improve on. Going forward we need to take the positives and try to go on with full confidence. We are confident we can make the quarter-finals and we need to play good cricket against India."

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Today was more of a true reflection of where the West Indies are than the win over Zimbabwe. It's a sad state of affairs for them. They were unceremoniously battered in this game, the likes of which I have never seen.

"I don't care what De Villiers says about it being just another game of cricket. This announces that South Africa have arrived in this World Cup. They have arrived in a big way and made everyone who had written them off make them realise they can be the real deal."

AB De Villiers: "As a team it was a very important win for us tonight. It was important for us to step up after the loss to India in Melbourne and show what we're all about as a cricket team. After Melbourne we had a few meetings, a few good training sessions and got the boys nice and inspired for today.

"It's just another cricket game. That's the way I see it. Every time I play I feel honoured to represent my country."

Man of the match

South Africa captain and man of the match AB de Villiers, who scored 162 not out in 66 balls: "I think the credit must go to the guys up front for setting a base. Rillee [Rossouw] inspired me a bit with his effort and that affected how I played. After timing a few I got the momentum behind me.

"The main thing is to know your own game, know your strengths and weaknesses and when to hone in on the former. I enjoy myself out there. I see it as getting momentum and reading the situation in the middle. I earned the right to have a go at the bowlers in the latter stages of the innings."

Ouch. That has got to hurt for the Windies. But I'd prefer to focus on the brilliance of South Africa. AB De Villiers truly produced one of the greatest innings of all time and Imran Tahir followed up superbly with the ball. Chokers? Forget about it.

Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

"257 runs equals the WC record: India v Bermuda Port-of-Spain 2007.

"West Indies net run-rate was +1.339 before today. Now it is -0.313."


Benn c Amla b Morkel 1 (WI 151 all out)

Morkel finds the edge of Benn's bat. It pops to slip. And that's it. West Indies have lost by 257 runs - it's the joint-heaviest World Cup defeat in terms of runs.

Benn final wicket out
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Champagne moment


WI 151-9

In comes Benn, with the Windies still needing two runs to avoid the heaviest World Cup defeat. He wriggles a single to draw level with that ignominious statistic.

Kalika Mehta

BBC Sport in Melbourne

"The West Indies maybe collapsing on the field but the fans are still enjoying themselves in the stands. The DJ plays a bit of Bob Marley and the cheers and whistle's start.

"Both West Indies and South African fans rise to salute Jason Holder as he reaches his 50 although a few have been questioning why their other batsmen didn't manage to do something similar."

Join the debate at #bbccricket

Robert Bownes: In answer to @Swannyg66 Geoff Boycott would clearly have Katy Perry 'Firework' as his theme tune.


Holder c Amla b Steyn 56 (WI 150-9)

Guess what? Dale Steyn hasn't taken a wicket yet. Bet he want to put that right. No chance. Holder takes a half-step forward and launches him over the cover rope for six. But the fun is ended moments later as Holder miscues a pull and picks out Amla at mid-on.

Jason Holder walks
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WI 144-8 (Holder 50, Taylor 15)

Suddenly, with 50 in sight, Holder looks nervy as he pokes at and misses two Morkel deliveries before reaching the personal milestone with a push into the covers. Fair play to him for coming back from that mauling by De Villiers. Taylor then gets in on the act with a drive through mid off for four before lofting one to a similar area for another two runs.

Jason Holder

WI 137-8 (Holder 49, Taylor 9)

This is getting a bit comical now. Taylor top-edges a ball from Abbott but once again it drops bang between two onrushing fielders. Holder then crunches a pull through mid-wicket for four. Get that out of my face. A clip to squre leg for two takes the West Indies captain to within one of his half-century.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"I like these musical interludes when we bring in the commentators. I think we should bring that in for TMS in England. Aggers could have Engelbert Humperdinck, I could have Whitesnake. I don't know what Geoffrey would have..."

WI 129-8 (Tahir 5-45 from 10)

Tahir wraps up a brilliant 10 overs in eventful fashion. He almost has Taylor caught at point but the fielder came in too quickly and allowed the ball to drop a yard behind him. Holder then takes over and smashes a four and a six in successive balls to take him to 42.

Join the debate at #bbccricket

Tobias Haines: Why are the rest of the World playing ODIs like 20/20's and England insist on playing them like short Test matches?

Frank Meehan: This is why Martin Crowe is right about restricting bat development. It's getting to be pointless to be a bowler.

116-8 (Taylor 6, Holder 31)

Taylor steers an attempted yorker from Abbott down to the long-on boundary to move West Indies to with three of avoiding that heaviest defeat total of 118. The tail-ender almost goes a couple of balls later as he skies a flashing drive towards third man. Two men converge on it but it bisects them and drops safe.

WI 110-8 (Tahir 5-32 off 9)

Tahir has five wickets to his name and now he has a rare maiden as he pins Taylor down at the striker's end.

Tahir bowling
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WI 110-8 (Taylor 1, Holder 30)

Abbott returns to the attack and wraps Holder on the pads, but he is outside the line and the lbw shouts from the bowler are in vain. The new man is Jerome Taylor, who has an eventful over, getting off the mark with a single, taking one in the box from Abbott and then surviving what replays show was a clear lbw because South Africa didn't review.

Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

"Tahir is the first spinner to take five wickets in World Cup match for SA. The previous best was 4-12 R Peterson v Bangladesh at Mirpur in 2011."

In case you missed it...

Earlier on we witnessed something truly special from AB De Villiers. Here's the lowdown on a knock and a half...

AB De Villiers
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Ramdin b Tahir 22 (WI 108-8)

The game was suffering a bit of a lull but Tahir perks it up again by flighting a ball through the defence of Ramdin and onto the stumps. That is five-for for the leg-spinner. He celebrates by dropping to his knees and pressing his forehead to the turf.

Imran Tahir
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WI 103-7 (runs required 306)

West Indies' only realistic target now is to try and avoid the heaviest defeat in ODIs. They need to reach 118 to do so. Ramdin gets them four closer with a sliced cut down to the third-man boundary off Du Plessis before he and Holder add a single apiece.

WI 96-7 (Ramdin 13, Holder 26)

Holder thrashes another boundary off Tahir through cover but he is clearly still struggling with whatever injury brought the physio on a few overs back. He is hardly mobile in the crease, opting instead to stand tall and swing.

Quentin Hull

BBC Test Match Special

"De Villiers is becoming like Madonna now. Or Prince. All you have to say is AB and people know who you are talking about."

WI 91-7 (Ramdin 13, Holder 21)

Du Plessis continues and concedes six more runs as the Windies pass 90. These two batsmen are doing ok, to be fair, not that it will make a jot of difference to the outcome of this match.

WI 85-7 (Holder 16, Ramdin 12)

The Windies still have some bite in them as Holder illustrates with a huge hit off Tahir down the ground for six. Only four more from the West Indies captain and he will be six neutral for the match.

WI 76-7 (Run-rate 3.61, required 11.48)

It is not often South Africa have a team seven down for 70-odd and Steyn hasn't taken a wicket. He is withdrawn and replaced by spinner Du Plessis, who gives the West Indies the gentlest over they have faced all innings. hey take four from it to creep that little bit closer to three figures.

WI 72-7 (Holder 7, Ramdin 8)

Holder takes some of his frustration out on Tahir by smashing the spinner over the rope for a six. You can't begrudge him that. He's had a stinker of a day.

WI 64-7 (Ramdin 7, Holder 0)

Holder's day isn't getting any better. He is flat out and the physio is on and pushing his leg to treat an injury (cramp maybe?). Or he may just not fancy facing Steyn in these circumstances? However, from that position on his back, he is in a good place to try and spot some of the balls De Villiers hit off him returning to orbit. Just the one run off Steyn's sixth over as Ramdin cuts one to deep point.

WI 63-7 (Ramdin 6, Holder 0)

Captain Holder comes out, no doubt still shell-shocked after the total pummelling he took from De Villiers earlier. He sees off the last two balls of Tahir's over for no runs.


Russell c Abbott b Tahir 0 (WI 63-7)

The West Indies are completely falling apart now. Andre Russell lasts just three balls, the first of which saw him survive an lbw call and the third he chopped to point for the diving Abbott to claim just a few inches above the ground. It is a superb catch and leaves the chasing side in total disarray.

Russell out by Abbott


Sammy st De Kock b Tahir 5 (WI 63-6)

Great work by Tahir and especially De Kock sees off Sammy. The spinner beats the advancing batsmen and the keeper whips off the bails before he can plant his foot back inside his ground.

Sammy Wicket