AB helps South Africa level series
AB de Villiers made 75* in South Africa’s successful chase to help his side win the 5th ODI against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Wednesday.
The win saw SA level the 5 ODI NatWest series 2-2 after rain washed away the first ODI at Cardiff. SA won the second ODI at Southampton before England took a 2-1 lead in the two London ODIs at Lord’s and the Oval.
Under fire for SA’s poor show in the last two ODIs and his own poor run in the series, de Villiers was proactive as skipper on the field after being asked to bowl by Alastair Cook. His move to play Robin Peterson early worked as he dismissed the in-form Ian Bell in just the 4th over.
Cook (51) anchored the innings and was helped by contributions from Bairstow (29), Kieswetter (33) and Woakes (33) to take England to 182 before they were bowled out in the 46th over. Besides his main bowlers, AB’s part timers too bagged crucial wickets when they were brought into the attack, Duminy removing Eoin Morgan and Faf du Plessis accounting for Cook.
England’s defence began on a superb note, Jade Dernbach getting Graeme Smith before James Anderson removed du Plessis and Dean Elgar with superb swing at good pace.
SA were 14/3 already in the 5th over when AB de Villiers walked in to join Hashim Amla. Keeping in mind the size of the total they were chasing, AB refused to be bogged down and immediately attacked Anderson and Dernbach.
He built a huge partnership with the chanceless Hashim Amla who was at his serene best at the other end. Both of them brought up their fifties in the 23rd over, Amla off 63b and AB off 54b.
The scoring picked up the pace after that with Amla racing 93* (107b, 4x9, 6x1) while AB de Villiers finished on 75* (79b, 4x10) as SA posted 186/3 in the 35th over to beat England and square the series.