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AB de Villiers marathon knock sinks Bangladesh further

AB de Villiers registered his highest score in ODIs
AB de Villiers registered his highest score in ODIs

South Africa 353-6 (de Villiers 176) beat
Bangladesh 249 (Phehlukwayo 4-40) by 104 runs
Second One-Day International in Paarl

AB de Villiers slammed his career best score of 176 runs to help South Africa post 353 runs in their innings following which Andile Phehlukwayo and Imran Tahir shared seven wickets between to wrap up Bangladesh for 249 runs to complete a 104 run victory and with it the series 2-0.

Bangladesh won the toss and opt to bowl. Hashim Amla (85) and Quinton de Kock (46) carried on from where they left in the previous game, scoring 50 for naught in the first powerplay.

Just as the duo were approaching another 100 run partnership, a double strike from Rubel Hossain (4-62) accounted for both de Kock and Faf du Plessis (0) as South Africa slipped to 90 for two.

De Villiers (176) announced his arrival with back to back boundaries in the 21st over and Amla soon completed his half-century off 55 deliveries. Just as the duo brought their 50-run stand, South Africa reached 140 for two at the halfway mark.

The onslaught from de Villiers continued as he completed a 34 ball half-century but the 136 run stand Amla finally ended when the later became Rubel's third victim by the end of 36 overs. By the 40 over mark, South Africa were 255 for three with de Villiers set to unleash himself further after crossing his century.

The last 10 overs yielded 98 runs for the home side with de Villiers being the major contributor and was partially supported by Jean-Paul Duminy (30). The former Proteas captain had a chance to cross the 200 run milestone but fell in the 48th over as South Africa reached 353 for six.

In the chase, Bangladesh even though started the innings with a lot of promise, regular fall of wickets dented their momentum. Imrul Kayes (68) and Mushfiqur Rahim (60) were the only players to cross the half-century mark as Phehlukwayo (4-40) and Tahir (3-50) were among the wickets to bowl out Bangladesh for 249 in the 48th over.

De Villiers bagged the man of the match award as South Africa completed a 2-0 series victory.

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