De Villiers hits form to blitz West Indies

Another awe-inspiring batting display from AB de Villiers helped South Africa to a crushing 257-run World Cup Group B victory against the West Indies in Sydney.

South Africa's AB De Villiers.

De Villiers needed only 31 balls against the West Indies to record the fastest one-day international century in January, and tormented their bowlers once again by smashing an unbeaten 162 from 66 balls to help South Africa to 408-5 from their 50 overs – their highest World Cup score.

The West Indies could only manage 151 all out in reply, with their final eight wickets falling for just 99 runs, as Imran Tahir (5-45) helped South Africa record the joint highest margin of victory, for teams batting first, in World Cup history.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

West Indies batsman Darren Bravo is to miss the remainder of the World Cup with a hamstring injury.

Bravo missed yesterday’s thrashing in Sydney, having injured himself in last week’s win over Pakistan.

A Cricket World Cup tweet read: “Darren Bravo has been ruled out of the World Cup and will be replaced in the West Indies squad.”

Pool B strugglers Pakistan and Zimbabwe both need to win their match this weekend to revive fading hopes of scrambling a place in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Pakistan are pointless after losing to India and then the West Indies.

There has been little for Zimbabwe to smile about either, save a four-wicket win over UAE.

They have since been blitzed for the first double-century in World Cup history by Chris Gayle.

India coach Duncan Fletcher has left the World Cup to attend his father-in-law’s funeral in Cape Town.

Fletcher is set to miss the world champions’ Pool B clash against United Arab Emirates in Perth today.