De Villiers, Amla Save the Day, Series tied 2-2
AB de Villiers and Hasim Amla crucial fifties and the bowlers contribution as a unit helped the Proteas to defeat England and win by 7 wickets in the 5th ODI.
As the saying goes the one who absorbs pressure well, fight hard for it
in tight situations comes out to be the real winner. AB de Villers &
Team were the best example of it when they came out as winners in the
5th ODI defeating England and won by 7 wickets in the end.
AB de Villiers at the start of the series spoke about exploiting the strength of the England team i.e. their batting and turn it into their weakness. He had mentioned that a few quick wickets and England batsmen would struggle as they bat with only 6 specialist men and are heavily dependent on top order to do plenty of scoring.
AB de Villiers plan was executed perfectly well when England batsman came out to bat in the 5th and final ODI. In form Bell and promotion of Bopara to no.3 did not good to the Englishmen as they both fell inside 5 overs. Much talked Bairstow finally got his chance to bat on along with captain Cook and to grab the opportunity to push is place permanently in the playing 11 but his dream was short lived. Even tough Cook-Bairstow added 60 runs partnership a crucial one for the 3rd wicket nothing could save the England from the lethal looking Proteas bowling attack as the 3rd wicket fell and Bairstow left the field.
AB de Villiers had got lots of bowling options under his disposal and he used them perfectly well, 1st opening with spinner along with Steyn and then bringing in Duminy and Du Plesis at right time each chipped in with a wicket each and that too were key wickets of Cook and Morgan. Cook was the only saving grace for England to post up some respective total but he fell after making a pleasant 50. Kieswetter was left on to bat with the long tail and Woakes was the one to give him support. Things did not look good for England and they got all out on 182 runs on the board.
The target looked very well under reach for the Proteas but little did they know that they hard to work hard to achieve it. Anderson gave hopes of lights to the Englishmen as he did the damage early on by taking quick wickets of out of form Du Plesis and then that of Elgar. Smith who was giving good opening partnerships along with Amla in the series fell for 1 run. South Africa was down at 14-3 things were not looking to good. Captain AB De Villers steadied the innings along with in-form along and they just kept scoring on and on and on.
Amla missed his ton by 3 runs and it was not much of a bother as victory was more important for the team and along with AB de Villers who also played a gem of a innings remained not out on 75 from 79 balls as the duo helped the Proteas to tie up the seires 2-2 in the end.
If it was not for AB de Villiers and Amla after the loss of 3 early wickets for just 14 runs the match could have even gone in England’s way but they kept their cool and calm and played very well under pressure and won the game for the team.
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