AB de Villiers hit the fastest 150 in one-day international history as South Africa finished their innings on 408-5 in the Pool B match against West Indies in Sydney on Friday.
De Villiers, who finished on an unbeaten 162 from 66 balls, reached 150 in just 64 deliveries to set the new landmark haul in some style. Australian Shane Watson held the previous record when he reached the total from 83 balls when he faced Bangladesh in 2013.
It goes to show how much of an achievement this actually is as the South African captain beat Watson’s record by 19 balls.
West Indies must be fed up with facing De Villiers as he just seems to have a knack of breaking records against them. It was only last month that he hit the fastest-ever ODI hundred in Johannesburg from just 31 balls.
That wasn’t the only record as in that very same innings, he managed to set the record for the fastest fifty in ODI history, reaching that number from 16 balls. De Villiers musty wish he could play West Indies every week.
With the captain finishing on an unbeaten 162, leading to their total of 408-5, he led his team to another record. South Africa set the record for the highest total set by any team on Australian soil with 261 of the runs coming in the last 20 overs.
The team’s total was also the second-highest in World Cup history behind India’s total of 413-5 against Bermuda in 2007.
After his impressive knock that included getting 17 fours and six sixes on his way to his 150, De Villiers admitted that the classy innings had come as something of a bolt from the blue.
He said: “I'm also a bit surprised, It was a very enjoyable knock today. I thought the foundation the boys laid upfront once again allowed us to free up. It's just one of those knocks when everything came my way and a little bit of luck here and there.”
Hashim Amla (65) and Faf du Plessis (62) gave South Africa a good foundation leading them 145 for 1, before they were both dismissed in the space of three deliveries before Rilee Rossouw came to the crease and scored 61 off 39 deliveries.
De Villiers said: “It was one of the days when you just click in the last 10 overs. I thought Rilee played an exceptional knock - a great injection of momentum for us. I could bat around him at the start and then free up a bit as well.”
After being beaten by 130 runs in their last game against India, De Villiers said he used that to drive him for the West Indies game.
He said: “A bit of everything, a bit of a pain in the previous game. This game is only halfway. The only thing on my mind is to win this game. A lot of things play a role but we are just ready to go and defend this total now.”
It wasn’t just records for De Villiers as his impressive innings led to some unwanted records for West indies seamer Jason Holder. The bowler conceded the most runs in a 10-over spell in World Cups finishing on 1-104.
Holder also now has the record for the most runs conceded in two consecutive overs in one-day internationals with 64 runs coming from his 12 deliveries.