Sparkling AB threatens SA record in Paarl

2017-10-18 13:41
AB de Villiers (Gallo)

Cape Town - AB de Villiers was in scintillating form, carding his 25th ODI century, as the Proteas set Bangladesh a massive 354 for victory in the second ODI in Paarl on Wednesday. 


By the time he was done, De Villiers had smashed 176 off just 104 balls (15x4, 7x6) as the Bangladesh bowlers spent most of the innings chasing leather. 

De Villiers' innings is his highest ever in ODI cricket, beating his previous best of 162* against the West Indies in 2015. 

Towards the end of his knock, De Villiers was threatening to break Gary Kirsten's record of 188* as the highest score ever by a South African batsman in the format. That record has stood for 21 years after Kirsten batted through the innings against the UAE in the 1996 World Cup.

De Villiers eventually hit out to deep midwicket in the 48th over, falling just 12 runs short of Kirsten's record. 

His knock was the fifth highest by a South African in ODI cricket.

There were also contributions from Hashim Amla (85 off 92) and Quinton de Kock (46 off 61) as South Africa's openers put on a first-wicket partnership of 90. 

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