DURBAN (Reuters) – Hashim Amla became the fastest player to notch up 5,000 one-day international runs as South Africa handed West Indies a 61-run defeat in a rain-affected clash at Kingsmead on Friday.
Amla scored 66 in South Africa’s total of 279 for eight in 48.2 overs to reach 5000 runs in 101 innings, well ahead of the previous record of 114 jointly held by West Indies great Viv Richards and Indian batsman Virat Kohli.
With their target cut to 225 in 32 overs, West Indies collapsed after the loss of blazing opener Chris Gayle to end 164 all out from 28.2 overs and slip to a 61-run defeat on the Duckworth/Lewis method.
South Africa won the toss and elected to bat, but made a poor start when they slumped to 16 for two.
Two big partnerships involving top-scorer AB de Villiers (81) repaired the early damage though as he put on 99 with Amla and 123 with powerful left-hander David Miller (70).
A torrential downpour ended the innings 10 balls shy of the allotted overs and when play resumed two hours and 43 minutes later, the tourist were handed a stiff revised target.