Excitement was written all over AB de Villiers‘ face as he marked his 200th ODI appearance at the at the Newlands Stadium, Cape Town. But what made it more exciting was maverick batsman hitting a magnificent century to lead his team to the series win against England.
South Africa was in dire need of 237 to take the series. But the English bowlers struck with quick wickets to shift the tempo on England’s side straightaway. Hashim Amla and de Villiers then put together a 125 runs stand to strengthen the home sides’ chances of winning the game after losing the top order batsman early
De Villiers hit a series-winning century as South Africa came back from 0-2 down to clinch the one-day international contest 3-2 over England on Sunday while Amla rotated the strike, taking singles and doubles.
Though Morgan tried a lot to beat the duo, he was unable to do so as the duo had no big issue in playing out the English bowlers. England then achieved success in the 30th after its off-spinner Moeen Ali beat Amla to get him stumped by Buttler. England immediately sensed an opportunity for a comeback in the match after Behardien also went back to the pavilion.
Behardien departure gave room for David Wiese to step into the field to hit the bowlers straight away and De Villiers also accelerated rapidly towards his century.No turn around was seen as both scored a quick pace and South Africa was then still 71 runs away from the win.
Fortunately, the de Villiers and Wiese smashed those runs in no time to finish the match with five wickets in hand. AB de Villiers also completed his 24th ODI century en route to guiding Proteas to the victory.
South Africa’s victory in the decider denied England a rare double on this tour after they won the Test series. Alex Hales,who was England’s opener had earlier scored a scintillating hundred, 112, to ensure the visitors reached a respectable total of 236 in 45 overs.
South Africa won the toss and opted to bowl in the series-deciding one-day game against England at Newlands on Sunday. De Villiers decided this after a light rain shower earlier and with some cloud cover lingering over the ground.