Sunday 21 November 2010 

Record-Breaking De Villiers Keeps South Africa On Top

Record-Breaking De Villiers Keeps South Africa On Top
Record-Breaking De Villiers Keeps South Africa On Top
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South Africa 584-9 dec. (de Villiers 278no, Kallis 105) v
Pakistan 59-1 (Azhar Ali 34no)
Second Test, Abu Dhabi, day two

AB de Villiers stroked an unbeaten 278 - more runs that one batsman has ever scored before against Pakistan in a Test match - as South Africa declared their first innings of the second and final match in Abu Dhabi on 584 for nine.

Pakistan, in reply, then closed on 59 for one having lost the wicket of opener Mohammad Hafeez early on.

De Villiers, who was unbeaten overnight on 120, pushed on to add a further 158 runs and he was well supported by Mark Boucher (45), Dale Steyn (27) and Morne Morkel, who was unbeaten on 35 when the declaration came as soon as he had passed Graeme Smith's mark of 277 to post a new South African Test innings record.

De VIlliers' second Test double-century included 23 fours and six sixes and he faced 418 deliveries in all.

Tanvir Ahmed registered a five-wicket haul on debut with figures of six for 120 while Abdur Rehman grabbed two wickets and Hafeez one as Pakistan struggled.

Steyn then bowled Hafeez for two to further put Pakistan under pressure, but they responded well with Taufeeq Umar, not out on 16, and Azhar Ali, on 34, putting on 57 for the second wicket when stumps were drawn.

The series is level following a draw in Dubai.

© Cricket World 2010

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