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De Villiers makes history

De Villiers makes history

Proteas Captain, AB De Villiers, has said that he has “timed the ball better in the past” after scoring the fastest century in history of One-Day International cricket, after South Africa destroyed the West Indies by 148 runs at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon.

"Today on this kind of wicket, if you're in decent form and you swing hard, and you get a bit of luck behind you, you can do amazing things, I've hit the ball better before, believe it or not,” De Villiers said after the game.

His score of 104 from 31 balls beat the previous record set by New Zealand’s Corey Anderson, also against in the Windies in January last year, by five balls.

The South African captain said that he was thrilled with his achievement and that it holds a special meaning.

"It ranks right up there with one of my best, any world record you have; you have to put it up there. It's very rare that I go out there looking to score at a strike rate of 200 from ball one. There are not a lot of games where that happens. Today I needed a lot of luck to get to where I did."

He eventually went to make 149 before being caught out by Jonathan Carter off the bowling of Andre Russel, but not before recording eight fours and 10 sixes.

The Proteas’ eventual score of 439/2 was also their highest ODI score thus far, with the West Indies only managing 291/7 in pursuit of victory.

South Africa now leads the series 2-0 going into the next match at East London this coming Wednesday.


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