SA level series with Richard Levi blitz
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s wicketkeeping batsman AB de Villiers first T20I win as captain of South Africa came with him hitting the winning runs, remaining unbeaten on 39 off 36 at one end, playing support to rookie Richard Levi who smashed the fastest T20I ton to power South Africa to a 8 wicket win in the second T20I against New Zealand at Hamilton.
AB de Villiers won the toss and chose to field first at Seddon Park in Hamilton, confident of chasing down any total with the flat pitch and short boundaries on offer.
de Villiers was better prepared than he was for the first T20I at Wellington, shuffling his bowlers smartly to hold NZ to just 173/4 after their batsmen added 79 in the first half. Johan Botha was SA’s best bowler, taking 1/22 in his four overs while de Villiers chipped in with a superb direct hit to run out Rob Nicol and a catch to dismiss James Franklin who was in dangerous flow.
Levi was off the blocks and running soon as the SA innings began. Hashim Amla was dismissed with the SA score on 25 in the third over having made only 2 of those. Promoted up as a pinch hitter, Wayne Parnell lasted just 6 balls for his 4 runs after which AB de Villiers walked in to witness Levi teeing off from the other end.
In just his second T20I, Levi brought up his 50 off 25 balls and his 100 off another 20 balls, his 45 ball ton broke the record held jointly by Brendon McCullum and RCBian Chris Gayle who hit their T20I tons off 50 balls each.
When de Villiers hit the winning runs off Southee to bring up his first T20I win as captain of South Africa, he was on 39 off 36 with four fours. Levi at the other end was 116* off 51 balls with three fours and a whopping thirteen sixes, breaking Chris Gayle’s record for most sixes in a T20I innings.
The 8 wicket win helped SA level the three T20I series 1-1.