Delhi: AB de Villiers is the man to watch out for in the tournament, he has made a strong statement in the very first match as he toiled the West Indian bowling to reach a brilliant ton and took home his team with seven wickets and more than seven overs to spare.

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With just 24 runs more to go for South Africa to humble West Indies, the rain had played party-pooper and stopped play at Feroz shah Kotla, the Proteas were ahead of WI at that moment by D/L method.

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir made a unforgettable international debut by picking up four key wickets and finished with impressive figures of 10-1-41-4 to take the bowling honours on what looked to be a good track at the Feroze Shah Kotla, hosting its first match since December 2009 after the India-Sri Lanka ODI was abandoned because of a "dangerous" pitch.

Darren Bravo (73) top scored for the West Indians who never really got to take control of the innings after being put in to bat by South African skipper Graeme Smith.

The Caribbeans failed to recuperate from the early loss of their opener Chris Gayle in the very first over and although a few players got the starts, they could not turn them into big knocks.

South Africa opened the bowling with tweaker Johan Botha and the move paid dividends straightaway as he accounted for dangerous Gayle in the third ball of the innings.

Gayle tried to play on the leg side but only succeeded in edging the ball to Jacques Kallis at the slip.

Morne Morkel replaced Botha whose first spell read 3-0-11-1 while Kallis took the bowling duty from Dale Steyn at the other end.
 
Kallis took a beating in his first over as Bravo spanked him for two boundaries.

Smith and Bravo stabilized the innings after the early loss of Gayle by playing watchfully but were quick to send off the loose deliveries to the boundary.

While Bravo was the more forceful of the two batsmen, setting free a flurry of shots on both sides of the wicket, Smith was quite satisfied playing second fiddle and giving strike to his partner.

The duo notched up the 100-run stand for the second wicket in 19.4 overs and put the Caribbean innings back on track as the South Africans tried to break the partnership.

Just when West Indies seemed to be cruising along comfortably, the Proteas struck three vital blows to unsettle them again with leg-spinner Tahir doing the damage on two occasions.

Devon smith (36), Bravo (73) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (2) were the three batsmen who returned to the pavilion in quick succession as West Indies suddenly slumped to 120 for four.

It was Botha who triggered the collapse by getting rid of Bravo who was looking quite comfortable at the middle.
 
Bravo looked to flick a well tossed-up delivery but missed the line and was trapped leg before. He went for the referral but the television umpire also ruled him out much to his disappointment.

Smith was the next to depart as he offered a simple return catch to Tahir who made no mistake while Sarwan was trapped leg before to the same bowler a few minutes later.

It was then left to Shivanarine Chanderpaul and Dwayne Bravo to do the repair work. Bravo played his natural game and clobbered three huge sixes early in his knock.

The pair put on 58 runs for the fifth wicket before Bravo was run out after Chanderpaul made the mistake of calling him for a non-existent run. Bravo’s quickfire 40 came off 37 balls and contained one boundary and three sixes.

As if to atone for his mistake, Chanderpaul lifted spinner Robin Peterson for a six over the mid wicket region as the West Indian batsmen tried to accelerate the pace of scoring after the 40th over.

Chanderpaul, who played a few more attacking shots, could not sustain the tempo as he fell victim to Tahir with Peterson taking a well-judged catch at the long on region. He went for a lofted shot but could not time the ball properly.

The hard-hitting Kieron Pollard, who joined the action after Chanderpaul’s dismissal, did not trouble the scorer at all as he perished in the very first ball he faced.

Steyn, who returned for his last spell, got the leg before decision of Pollard in his favour after a referral was called for by the South Africans.


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