AB de Villiers destroys Bangladesh with 104-ball 176

Cheryl Sanders
October 18, 2017

The former Proteas skipper came to the middle with South Africa 90-2 after 18 overs, a positive start offset by two wickets in an over for Shakib Al Hasan.

De Villiers smashed his highest ODI score of 176 from 104 balls as South Africa posted 353 for six in their 50 overs having been asked to bat, before restricting the visitors to 249 all out in 47.5 overs in their reply.

De Villiers eventually holed out to deep midwicket off Rubel Hossain, but the damage had been done. Then came the masterclass from the South African "Superman".

The duo, who both hit a century in the first ODI of the series, were nearing another hundred-run partnership, but Shakib trapped de Kock leg before to give Bangladesh the first break through with the score on 90. But it was not to be.

Faf du Plessis (0) went in the same over to offer brief hope that the tide was turning, but De Villiers had other ideas. De Villiers got stuck into Taskin and Mashrafe in the end overs. But always a delight to watch you smash bowlers. A win here would seal the victory for South Africa in the series.

The only joy for Bangladesh was a short period after the initial 10-over powerplay when the World's No 1 all-rounder Shakib-al-Hasan trapped De Kock lbw before sending down a lovely delivery to clean bowl the Proteas skipper for a three-ball duck. "It was nice to get some batting", Sport24 quoted De Kock as saying. India's Rohit Sharma is the only batsman to have done it twice (264 and 209). Gary Kirsten is the owner of that feat, with 188 not out, against United Arab Emirates in a World Cup match in 1996.

This was in complete contrast to De Villiers, who bludgeoned 15 boundaries and cleared the fence on seven occasions.

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