AB de Villiers © Getty Images
AB de Villiers (above) formed a crucial fifth-wicket partnership with David Miller © Getty Images (File photo)

Nov 14, 2014

AB de Villiers scored a half-century against Australia in the first One-Day International (ODI) at Perth on Friday. The knock was crucial considering the Proteas top order failed miserably in chase of 301.

South Africa started their chase on a stuttering note as both Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla departed early to Mitchell Johnson. The Australian pacer made full use of the Perth conditions to effect the dismissals. After their dismissal, Farhaan Behardien and Faf du Plessis put up some resistance, and were looking to lead the Proteas recovery. However, Behardien was dismissed by Nathan Coulter-Nile when he tried to hit a short ball.

Du Plessis, who has been South Africa’s go-to man in times of trouble, played a fine knock of 31 before falling to Shane Watson leaving the visitors reeling at 76 for four.

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