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  Ton-up AB de Villiers powers South Africa to series victory

Ton-up AB de Villiers powers South Africa to series victory

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Published : Feb 15, 2016, 3:20 am IST
Updated : Feb 15, 2016, 3:20 am IST

AB de Villiers hit a series-winning century as South Africa came back from 0-2 down to clinch the one-day international contest 3-2 over England on Sunday.

South Africa’s captain AB de Villiers (Photo: AP)
 South Africa’s captain AB de Villiers (Photo: AP)

AB de Villiers hit a series-winning century as South Africa came back from 0-2 down to clinch the one-day international contest 3-2 over England on Sunday.

South Africa skipper De Villiers made 101 not out, guiding his team out of trouble at 22/3 as the Proteas chased down England’s below par 236 with ease for a five-wicket win.

 

De Villiers and Hashim Amla (59) put South Africa back on track after their early troubles with a partnership of 125.

De Villiers got some big-hitting help from David Wiese at the end, with the allrounder smashing two sixes into the crowd against spinner Adil Rashid in his 41 from 32 balls.

South Africa’s victory in the decider denied England a rare double on this tour after they won the Test series.

Earlier, England opener Alex Hales scored a scintillating hundred, 112, to ensure the visitors reached a respectable total of 236 in 45 overs.

South Africa won the toss and opted to bowl in the series-deciding one-day game against England at Newlands on Sunday.

 

SA captain de Villiers made the decision after a light rain shower earlier and with some cloud cover lingering over the ground. England selected an unchanged lineup following the fourth game.

SCOREBOARD England: J. Roy lbw b Tahir 8, A. Hales c Rossouw b Rabada 112, J. Root lbw b Tahir 27, E. Morgan c De Kock b Wiese 2, B. Stokes b Rabada 29, J. Buttler b Rabada 0, M. Ali c Behardien b Abbott 12, C. Woakes c Abbott b Wiese 0, A. Rashid c Rabada b Wiese 9, S. Broad c De Villiers b Tahir 13, R. Topley (not out) 1. Extras: (4b, 8lb, 11w) 23. Total (in 45 overs) 236. FoW: 1-15, 2-76, 3-85, 4-155, 5-156, 6-181, 7-183, 8-192, 9-223. Bowling: Abbott 9-0-28-1, Rabada 9-1-34-3, Tahir 10-0-53-3, Morris 8-0-59-0, Wiese 9-0-50-3. South Africa: Q. de Kock c Buttler b Topley 4, H. Amla st Buttler b Ali 59, F. du Plessis b Topley 0, R. Rossouw c Hales b Topley 4, AB de Villiers (not out) 101, F. Behardien c Stokes b Rashid 13, D. Wiese (not out) 41. Extras: (w14, nb1) 15. Total: (for 5 wkts, in 44 overs) 237. FoW: 1-14, 2-14, 3-22, 4-147, 5-166. Bowling: Broad 9-1-34-0, Topley 7-1-41-3, Woakes 5-0-32-0, Stokes 5-0-34-0, Rashid 10-0-59-1, Ali 8-1-37-1.

 

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