Hashim Amla of South Africa is now the fastest man to score 5000 runs in the ODI format as his well constructed innings of 66 helped South Africa defeat West Indies in the first ODI in Kingsmead on Friday.
Amla has overtaken West Indian great, Viv Richards and young Indian Test Captain, Virat Kohli as the fastest to reach 5000 ODI runs by reaching the milestone in his 101st ODI match. This is 13 short of the 114 innings that Viv Richards and Virat Kohli played, to achieve the same feat.
South Africa were struggling at 16 for two after electing to bat and that was when Amla came to the rescue and steadied the innings.
A 99 run partnership between Amla and AB de Villiers ensured that South Africa sailed comfortably after the initial hiccup.
Amla was off to a slow start scoring just 13 runs from 19 balls until he found an able partner in de Villiers, after which he started to score freely.
When the third wicket partnership between Amla and de Villiers ended at 115, South Africa looked quite comfortable for a good total which they did manage, under a good 123 run stand between de Villiers and the booming, David Miller.
AB de Villiers scored 80 runs from 91 balls and David Miller backed it up with a 70 from 68 balls as they guided South Africa to 279 for 8 in 48.2 overs. The last 10 balls were not bowled as rain hit proceedings.
The target was revised to 225 from 32 overs under the D/L method.
West Indies flew to a great start under Chris Gayle who scored 41 runs off just 24 balls and after he fell,West Indies crumbled and they were all out for 164 from 28.2 overs.
It was a deserving win for the Proteas as they crushed West Indies by 61 runs to start the ODI series on a winning note.
The second ODI of the five match series begins in Johannesburg on Sunday.