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Though battling his own monsters in the form of criticisms over his form, captaincy, and consistency in the squad, AB de Villiers is not one to shy away from adversity and he led by example to hit a 65* of 58 to have a go at England in the first T20I series at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
England emerged victorious with a 9 wicket margin against the green SA squad led by AB, but the captain took it upon himself and eventually found support in Farhaan Behardien to string in a slow but steady 110-run stand for the fourth wicket.
England's Liam Dawson and Mason Crane harried the Proteas conceding just 41 runs in their 8 overs. AB and Behardien found it particularly difficult to get the spin duo away.
"The result doesn't look good for us," conceded Villiers. "We lost our way in the first six (overs), had to rebuild and that cost us a bit. From the 13th over I tried to have a go. We were looking for those 10 runs an over and didn't get a lot of them, unfortunately."
As reiterated here often, with the positivity and willpower AB possesses, he looks to take control in the absence of Faf and vows that his team will put up a fight and bounce back in the next game.
"It's not done and dusted. We go to Taunton and like all South Africans we always fight our way back so I'm expecting a really good performance in the next one," he said.
The next match would be a vital one as CSA would need a win to keep hopes alive against the Englishmen, who have home turf advantage.