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AB de Villiers on fire as Proteas demolish Windies

De Villers hit 8 sixes and 17 fours in his knock, as he led the team to 408/5.

AB de Villiers plays a shot during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 27 February, 2015. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Proteas captain AB de Villiers produced a man-of-the-match performance, smashing 162 (not out) off just 66 balls to guide South Africa to an emphatic 257 run World Cup win over the West Indies at the Sydney cricket ground on Friday.

De Villers hit 8 sixes and 17 fours in his knock, as they posted 408/5 in their 50 overs, before the South African bowlers dismissed the Windies for a paltry 151 in just 34.1 overs.

The Proteas skipper was particularly ruthless with the bat against West Indies bowler and captain Jason Holder, scoring 76 runs off 4 overs of his bowling.

De Villiers was not the only one to score big for South Africa, with Rilee Rossouw (61), Faf du Plessis (62) and Hashim Amla (65) playing important support roles.

Rossouw and de Villiers put together a 134 run partnership for the fourth wicket, while Amla and du Plessis's partnership was worth 127 for the second wicket.

Imran Tahir was the pick of the South African bowlers, ending with figures of 5 for 45.

Morne Morkel and Kyle Abbott, who claimed the big wicket of Chris Gayle for just 3 runs, ended with 2 wickets each.

The win keeps the Proteas' chances of progression to the quarter finals alive, while the West Indies could easily see themselves taking an early flight back home after their second loss at the tournament.

The Proteas next face Ireland on Tuesday at the Manuka Oval in Canberra, while the Windies take on India in a must-win game for the Islanders.

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