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One small step for SA, one giant leap back for Boucher?

Once more Chris Gayle won the toss and once more he chose to bowl first. Hashim Amla and AB De Villiers were in prolific form as they both raced to centuries in the first One Day International between South Africa and West Indies in Antigua.

It is promising that while Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis failed Hashim and AB were able to rescue the innings calmly. South Africa were in trouble at 57 for 2 with the good start made my Amla and Smith nullified by the fall of two quick wickets. Amla and de Villiers stayed the course though, seeing off the West Indian fightback and were soon in control of the match. Much of the innings offered no fancy shots or boundary fireworks. Hashim and AB simply went about collecting the singles and twos on offer and making no mistake in sending the bad balls to the boundary. While 300 seemed an almost certain score with Amla and De Villiers at the crease their demise stalled the run flow in the rain-recuded 48 over match. (Read more)


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