AB de Villiers slams ton to take South Africa to XXX/X against Pakistan in 5th ODI

AB de Villiers slammed 10 boundaries and three sixes © AFP (File Photo)

Nov 11, 2013

AB de Villiers hit an aggressive unbeaten century to guide South Africa to an imposing 268-7 in the fifth and final day-night international against Pakistan in Sharjah on Monday.

The South African skipper hit a 102-ball 115 studded with ten boundaries and three sixes to lift South Africa who won the toss and decided to bat at Sharjah stadium.

De Villiers lifted the tempo in the final overs, hitting Sohail Tanvir’s final over for 25 runs, reaching his 16th hundred with a four towards mid-wicket, which came off 99 balls.

He then hit the left armer for six, four and four to help South Africa add 114 in the last ten overs.

At 105 he also completed 6,000 one-day runs, becoming the fifth South African batsmen to reach the milestone.

De Villiers was initially slow, reaching his fifty off 70 balls, with a big six off Saeed Ajmal towards mid-wicket.

He added an invaluable 83 for the sixth wicket with Ryan McLaren (27) before lashing out in the final overs.
De Villiers had built the innings with an invaluable 62 runs stand for the fourth wicket with Faf du Plessis who made 89-balls 46 with the help of two boundaries.

South Africa lost opener Hashim Amla as early as off the fifth ball of the innings, trapped leg-before by paceman Mohammad Irfan.

Quinton de Kock, who hit a maiden hundred in South Africa’s series clinching third win in Abu Dhabi on Friday, hit Irfan out of the attack with four successive boundaries before Ajmal (3-45) put an end to his innings on 34.

Mohammad Hafeez accounted for Jean-Paul Duminy for two before De Villiers and Du Plessis brought the innings on track.

Paceman Junaid Khan had Du Plessis while Ajmal dismissed David Miller for 15 in his second spell. South Africa enjoy an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

Brief scores:

South Africa 268 for 7 in 50 overs (Faf du Plessis 46, AB de Villiers 115*; Saeed Ajmal 3 for 45) vs Pakistan.

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