Mr Dependable AB hammers second ton in WC
There is no stopping AB de Villiers. As much the workload increases, he regales. He is fast becoming the Mr Dependant of the South African batting department.
There is no stopping AB de Villiers. As much the workload increases, he regales. He is fast becoming the Mr Dependable of the South African batting department.
His second century in the current World Cup bears testimony to his form and intention. Coming in at a time, when SA was in a sticky situation at 2/58, de Villiers teamed up with the other centurion in the match Hashim Amla to notch up a partnership of 221 runs for the 3rd wicket. That laid the foundation for South Africa to reap the benefits from the residual overs.
AB started with controlled aggression, found time to settle down and then opened up. His 136 came off only 98 deliveries with 13 hits to the fence and four over it. In the manner, he notched up his second ton in consecutive WC matches, only the second batsman to achieve the feat after MarK Waugh of Australia.
That knock was enough for SA to notch up 351 in 50 overs, the highest total in an innings in the current world cup. The rest was history. AB did what he was supposed to do with his bat. The Protean bowlers took care of the rest wrapping up Netherlands in 120 runs thereby winning with a margin of 231 runs, the fourth biggest in the history of the World Cup.
With this loss, Netherlands failed miserably to carry on with the Associated Nations' legacy of a fightback started by Ireland the previous night. And AB is just happy to be part of the process. "We had to work quite hard this morning. Nice to start the World Cup on a high," that's what he said after the match while receiving the Man of the Match award.