South Africa 353/6 in 50 overs (AB de Villiers 176, Hashim Amla 85; Rubel Hossain 4-62, Shakib Al Hasan 2-60) vs Bangladesh.
Since the Champions Trophy clash against India earlier this year, plummeted them with a whirlwind 176 off just 104 balls. Before de Villiers’s belligerence, Hashim Amla scored a fluent 85 to ensure South Africa had the platform to finish with a monumental 353 for 6 in the second ODI in Paarl on Tuesday (October 18).
De Villiers walked in to loud cheers from the Paarl crowd but his partner Amla almost sold him down the river with a stop-start run only for the mid-on fielder to fumble and allow a reprieve. De Villiers’s luck continued to work for him in the following over as well when he thick-edged an attempted cut to fly right between the ‘keeper and first slip. He was on 2 then. The former skipper found his rhythm back in the next over itself as he smashed Mashrafe Mortaza for a couple of fours off consecutive deliveries. Amla, with a steer down to third man, raised his 34th ODI fifty in the 23rd over. The fifty of the partnership came in the over to follow with de Villiers sweeping Nasir Hossain for a four. Four overs and four fours later, de Villiers brought up his 54th fifty in ODIs.