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LUNCH: De Villiers return smashes Proteas' projection to 353

By Marc Jacobson - Oct 18, 2017
LUNCH: De Villiers return smashes Proteas' projection to 353

With South Africa having taken to the crease first in the second clinching ODI against Bangladesh at Boland Park in Paarl on Wednesday, many critiques had their sights set on a possible record-breaking score if the Proteas were to bat first.

This was exactly the case in Paarl, when Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bowl first; and to put their high expectations into context, South Africa did just rack up a record-breaking successful chase without losing a wicket on Sunday when Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock bi-handily beat Bangladesh with an opening stand of 282 runs.

This ‘unbeatable’ opening partnership then further added to their batting stand by a further 17.3 overs and 90 runs, before de Kock was taken out for an LBW by Shakib al Hasan for 46, just short of a half-century. Suddenly just three balls later, Captain Faf du Plessis was bowled for a duck.

Coming in at number four, AB de Villiers then outed with for the Proteas for the first time since the ICC Champions Trophy in June, and produced an exemplary showing, scoring a mammoth 176, lasting right until the 48th over. In total, De Villiers smashed a statemented 15 fours and seven sixes, to reach his career-best score.

With Hashim Amla also producing another stellar performance with the bat, he added to the building blocks scoring 85. In the mid-order, JP Duminy, a returnee after being dropped from the Test squad in England, scored 30 before succumbing to an LBW, taken by Rubel Hossain.

On the very last ball of the innings, Dwaine Pretorius then got caught for a golden duck, as the Proteas scored an intimidating total on a slower coastal wicket of 353/6. Rubel Hossain bowled exceptionally, and played his part for the Bangladeshi’s achieving figures of 4/62. Follow the live scoring for the second innings here.