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#CWC15: Proteas strike bowling leaves Windies in trouble

Imran Tahir has struck 5 times to leave the Windies in a struggling position.

South Africa’s Imran Tahir bowls 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.

JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN - West Indies have had a terrible start against the Proteas.

The Windies are chasing a colossal 409 runs for victory, but are already eight wickets down.

Imran Tahir struck four times, Kyle Abbot twice and Morne Morkel once to leave the Windies in a struggling position.

Golden boy Chris Gayle was bowled by Abbott in the second over and scored just 3 runs.

Abbott got his second minutes later after Marlon Samuel went for a duck after being caught behind by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.

David Miller caught opener Dwayne Smith from a Tahir delivery.

Smith scored 31.

Jonathan Carter was Morkel's victim after he was caught by captain AB de Villiers for 10.

The second non-scorer was Lendl Simmons who went out by way of LBW from a Tahir delivery.

Darren Sammy (5) was stumped by de Kock from a Tahir delivery and in the same over, new batsman Andre Russell was caught by Abbot.

Tahir got his fifth by bowling wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin who went for 22.

COLOSSAL SCORE

The Proteas ended their 50 over innings by posting 408, the highest score in the World Cup tournament so far.

De Villiers scored a record-earning 162 runs off just 66 balls.

He now holds the record for fastest 50, fastest 100 and fastest 150 in the One Day International format.

The team lost only five wickets with the last dismissal being Miller who scored 20.

Earlier, batsman Rilee Rossouw was dismissed after he scored 61.

He was caught behind by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin off the bowling of Andre Russell.

Rossouw and the captain went on to make a partnership of 134 off 79 balls.

Farhaan Behardien was at the crease with de Villiers when innings ended.

LOSS OF TOP 3

The Proteas won the toss and elected to bat first.

Opening batsman Quinton de Kock was caught for 12 by Russell off a Jason Holder delivery.

Faf du Plessis came on next and built a 145 run partnership with Hashim Amla.

Du Plessis was caught behind off the bowling of Chris Gayle and scored 62.

Amla followed in the same over a minute later going out via LBW scoring 65.

SQUADS:

South Africa - Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers (captain), David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Kyle Abbott, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.

West Indies - Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Lendl Simmons, Jonathan Carter, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Jason Holder (captain), Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn.

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