AB hits first IPL ton

2009-04-23 15:09

Durban - A brilliant maiden century in the Indian Premier League from AB De Villiers steered the Delhi Daredevils to 189-5 after an early collapse against the Chennai Super Kings on Thursday.

The 25-year-old South African faced 54 balls in a blistering innings in which he hit five fours and six sixes. He took the attack to the Chennai bowlers, who included Sri Lankan spin ace Muttiah Muralitharan and England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, easily finding runs through the covers and down field.

Delhi got off to a dismal start, losing their openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag in the first and second overs respectively.

Gambhir was caught first ball by wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni after he got a faint edge to a delivery from Lakshmipathy Balaji. Delhi plummeted to 2-8 with the wicket of Sehwag, who was caught by Albie Morkel off Manpreet Gony for six.

But De Villiers' entertaining innings soon put Delhi on track. He got support from Tillakaratne Dilshan, who struck 50 off 27 balls after at first assuming the attacking role while De Villiers held on at the other hand.

Dilshan targeted the seam bowlers Gony and Morkel, belting seven boundaries and two sixes before he was well caught by Suresh Reina off Morkel at mid off.

De Villiers reached his century by pushing to third man off Gony.

Balaji was the pick of bowlers for Chennai with 3-19, removing Gambhir (0), Dinesh Karthik (18) and Manoj Tiwary (9).


  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-23 15:36

    Brilliant AB

  • Headers - 2009-04-23 16:05

    So what did AB end on??????

  • Louis - 2009-04-23 16:14

    Brilliant AB. Keep it up

  • Mel - 2009-04-23 16:24

    Great Stuff AB!! He ended with 105 not out

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-23 16:24

    105 from 54

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-23 16:35

    105* or 106*

  • Thuxzz - 2009-04-23 16:36

    Way to go AB!! If you are not S.A's cricketer of the year this year, I'll have to hang myself and the judges of course. I believe you will be the best batsman in the world just as you said it! You are my favorite cricketer after all. Wish you all the best, and always remember home (TUKKIES). From 1 of thier students.

  • Peter - 2009-04-23 16:57

    Pretty awfull report...poor standard of journalism again. A question: who wrote this article? Was certainly NOT a South African as we never ever on pain of death give the wickets fallen before the score "2-8".

  • Couch Coach - 2009-04-23 17:19

    AB, you little poser. Does anyone think that AB will live up to the hype of becoming the world's finest batsman? By the looks of things - he's pretty well on track albeit the beginning of a long career.

  • unique ndebele - 2009-04-24 06:08

    I thoroughly enjoyed this knock as I've enjoyed many by AB this season. AB u beautiee. as for the reporter please guy add some spunk

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  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-24 11:36

    if albie caught that sitter ,it would have been a different story.Non the less give credit,great bargain buy : great innings.

  • Audrey - 2009-05-04 17:38

    That's agrreat achievement AB. you are now a superstar i'm a student in my early studies but thre is no match played by Proteas that i miss. i love you guys

  • Audrey - 2009-05-04 17:47

    That's agrreat achievement AB. you are now a superstar i'm a student in my early studies but thre is no match played by Proteas that i miss. i love you guys

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