DUMINY’S RETURN BOOSTS PROTEAS
By: Khanyisani Dlomo
Jean-Paul Duminy returned to international cricket with an emphatic performance, by hitting carrier-best 150 not out to lead the Proteas to an easy 84-run victory against Netherlands at the VRA Ground Stadium, Amsterdam, on Friday.
It was his first game in seven months following the serious ankle injury he sustained during the first test match against Australia in November last year. South Africa won the toss and elected to bet first. The visitors cantered 341/3 in their 50 overs.
They then restricted the home side to 257/9 in their turn at batting.
Duminy’s innings (119 balls, 5 fours and 8 sixes) was the seventh time that a Proteas batsman had scored 150 or more. It was also the first occasion for South Africa has had back-to-back 150-run partnerships. It was the highest score to have had against the Dutch with only Andrew Hudson (161 at the 1996 World Cup) doing better.
Colin Ingram and Fat du Plessis also had a good performance, hitting 82 and 62 runs respectively.
After the early loss of AlviroPetrson and HashmAmla within 8 overs, Ingram and Duminy put on 151 from 126 balls. Ingram became the 3rd wicket and du Plessis came in to partner Duminy.
During this latter partnership, the pair added119 runs in the last six overs for an overall partnership strike rate of 11.54 runs per over. He picked up his wicket on his fifth over.
As pleased as the team management and fans must have been with Duminy’s batting, they must have been equally pleased with the bowling of both him and FarhaanBehardien.