Amla does a de Villiers

Hashim de Villiers

Hashim Amla enjoyed his most fluent innings of the tour so far, decorated with powerful pulls and silken drives. After he reached his hundred, Amla brought out a shot that did not seem to be part of his repertoire before this innings. With his confidence soaring, Amla walked across his stumps to a full delivery from Jerome Taylor, bent down on one knee, and scooped it to fine leg for four. AB de Villiers has been known to pull off moves like that, not Amla. Perhaps, the opener has been taking lessons from his captain.

Can the real No.3 please stand up?

South Africa's openers could not have laid a more perfect platform for the world's top-ranked ODI batsman - a stand of 182 in 33 overs. But after Amla's lofted drive found long-off instead of clearing the boundary, it was not de Villiers or regular No.3 Faf du Plessis or even either of the other two recognised batsmen JP Duminy or Farhaan Behardien who walked out. Instead, South Africa sent in allrounder Chris Morris, who was returning from a hamstring niggle, to contribute quick runs. Morris repaid their faith with 40 off 26 balls.

Umpire in danger

Non-strikers have to be careful of being on the receiving end of an aggressive throw and now it seems even umpires are at risk. Nigel Llong was almost taken out by Carlos Brathwaite, whose frustration boiled over as South Africa built their total. Brathwaite returned for a second spell in the 39th over and put the brakes on the South African charge, hoping to make a breakthrough. When Morris thought of stealing a run after playing the ball straight back to him, Brathwaite reacted quickly to try and run out du Plessis at the non-striker's end. Du Plessis was wary of the danger but Llong was not and Brathwaite's hurl almost hurt him. Luckily, he skipped out of the way and Morris got his run.

Umpire in greater danger

Llong escaped easily when considering what happened to his counterpart, Gregory Brathwaite, in the second innings. Johnson Charles was leading West Indies' chase and drilled a Morris delivery down the ground, so hard that it broke a stump a non-striker's end. The rogue piece cartwheeled away and almost hit Brathwaite, who eventually did well to get out of the way. Charles did not get his run, and nobody was injured.

Fastest slow bowler

Imran Tahir's trademark running-for-joy celebration has been the subject of numerous plays of the day over the 58 ODIs he has appeared in but none of them mattered more than this one. When Marlon Samuels tried to cut a regulation legbreak and got a thick outside edge to Quinton de Kock instead, Tahir had a real reason to take off around the ground. That wicket was his 100th in the format, which made him the fastest South African to the milestone and fourth fastest overall. It was also the scalp that ended any realistic chance of West Indies successfully chasing the target of 344.