De Villiers’ 176 flatten Bangladesh

AB de Villiers produced his career-best to help Proteas decimate Bangladesh by 104 runs in the second ODI in Paarl on Wednesday to go 2-0 up in the three-match series.The day started with visitors captain Mashrafe Mortaza winning the toss and electing to field first.

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His decision, however, proved a wrong one as openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla scored 90 runs for the first-wicket partnership.The only bright moment for Bangladesh came in the 18th over the home side’s innings, when veteran all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan got de Kock and captain Faf du Plessis’ wickets in the space of three deliveries.

But after that, it was all de Villiers show, who thrashed visiting bowling side to all corners of the ground to help his side post mammoth 353 for the loss of six wickets in their allotted 50 overs.The 33-year-old scored 176 off just 104 balls with the help of 15 boundaries and seven sixes. He was well supported by Amla, who scored 85 off 92 with the help of four boundaries.

For Bangladesh, pacer Rubel Hossain was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed four, whereas Shakib picked two wickets.Chasing such a huge target was always going to be tough for the visitors, and so it proved to be as they never get going and were eventually bowled out for 249 in the 48th over.

Opener Imrul Keyes finished the innings with the top score of 68 off 77 with the help of six fours and one six, whereas wicket keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim scored valuable 60 off 70 balls.For South Africa, left-arm pacer Andile Phehlukwayo was the pick of the bowlers, as he claimed four, whereas leg-spinner Imran Tahir picked up three wickets.

For his outstanding batting performance, de Villiers was awarded man of the match.

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