De Villiers back with a bang to score 176 against Bangladesh!

Doug Mendoza
October 19, 2017

De Villiers hit his career-best score in 50-over cricket in his first worldwide innings in four months, taking South Africa to 353-6 after it was put in to bat by Bangladesh at Boland Park. Bangladesh bowlers, on the other hand, found it hard to cash on to the sluggishness of the track.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said that they might have come out with a win had De Villiers gotten out.

As de Kock neared his 15th ODI half-century, Shakib Al Hasan had him trapped in front for 46.

While the openers had done well to put South Africa in the driver's seat, skipper Faf du Plessis was dismissed for a duck.

AB de Villiers joined Amla, and the opposition were thereafter reduced to a rubble. South Africa have been on cruise mode throughout this series against Bangladesh and will be looking to continue in the same vein in the second ODI.

Amla was content to play the anchor role during the 120-run partnership with De Villiers as the old friends reacquainted themselves at the crease.

However, Bangladesh were left kicking themselves after passing up a chance to run out the South African powerhouse on one before Nasir Hossain spilled a slip catch with the batsman having added just another single. The fifty of the partnership came in the over to follow with de Villiers sweeping Nasir Hossain for a four.

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AB de Villiers blasted 176 off 104 balls as South Africa posted 353 for 6 before bowling Bangladesh out for 249 to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Opener Imrul Kayes and wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim put on 93 for the third wicket, with Bangladesh's reply reaching 162 before Kayes miscued a delivery from Imran Tahir to De Villiers at extra cover from the final ball of the 29th over to depart for 68.

Already the holder of the records for the fastest 50, 100 and 150, De Villiers was on target to beat Chris Gayle s record of 138 balls for the fastest one-day global double century before he hit a low full toss from Rubel Hossain to deep midwicket with 14 balls remaining in the innings.

He holed out at deep mid-wicket for a 104-ball 176, trying to hit Hossain out of park. It's about the manner in which he flayed the opposition bowling, nearly from the first ball.

South Africa batsman Hashim Amla once again rewrote the history books at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Sunday, as he notched up his 26th ODI century.

Editorial team of CricketCountry.

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