BRILLIANT 109

The South African captain AB de Villiers played a brilliant inning of 109 in the third One Day international game against India at Centurion yesterday. He had made his way to the wicket in a very difficult situation as his team had lost 3 wickets at a score of just 28.

The ball was seaming a bit and the Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma was in the middle of a very good spell. It was important for the South African skipper to see off that spell of his somehow and he did exactly that. He got through that spell and started playing his shots after that.

It was a nice, sporting track at Centurion. The bounce was quite even and the conditions were ideal for stroke play. De Villiers made full use of those conditions and played his trademark on the rise punches and back foot cover drives.

It was not that he went berserk and played just aggressive shots. He rotated the strike too and put up a big partnership with Quinton de Kock who also continued his good form and scored yet another ton.

The pair of de Villiers and de Kock was separated when the latter was knocked over by Ishant in the 38th over of the innings. It was a beautifully disguised slower delivery and de Kock misread that completely.

However, De Villiers carried on his marry way and thumped Ashwin out of the park twice to get close to his 16th hundred. He eventually completed the hundred with a single down to long leg.

The South African captain was given out leg before wicket in the 44th over of the innings. But, he had done his job before that. At the end, David Miller, with a few lusty hits, took South Africa past 300.

However, despite posting such a big score on the board, the Proteas couldn’t secure a whitewash in the series as the match got abandoned because of rain.