De Villiers back with a bang to score 176 against Bangladesh!


The former Proteas skipper came to the middle with South Africa 90-2 after 18 overs, a positive start offset by two wickets in an over for Shakib Al Hasan.

De Villiers raced to his 25th one-day global century off 68 balls with ten fours and a six. He eventually holed out to deep midwicket off Rubel Hossain in the 48th over.

De Villiers had survived two chances: first on 1 when when Mahmudullah missed a run-out opportunity and then on 2 when Nasir Hossain at slip was late to react to a thick outside edge.

Sehwag, who was the second batsman in history, after Sachin Tendulkar, to score a ODI double ton, had written that De Villiers could become the first ever middle order ODI batsman to post 200.

Once De Villiers got out, he wrote, "Sorry @ABdeVilliers17, nazar lag gayi". But always a delight to watch you smash bowlers. It was De Villiers' comeback match from injury but did not get to bat. Sehwag (219), Tendulkar (200 not out), Martin Guptill (237 not out) of New Zealand, West Indies' Chris Gayle (215) are the others. He also went past his previous highest score of unbeaten 162 a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener" *Gary Kirsten still finds himself at the top, courtesy his 188* not out against UAE in the 1996 World Cup.

He smashed 15 fours and seven sixes in an incredible knock off just 104 balls which led to comparisons with the sporting greats. De Villiers's luck continued to work for him in the following over as well when he thick-edged an attempted cut to fly right between the 'keeper and first slip.