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Ab de Villiers: When the ‘de Villiers storm’ hit the ground in Johannesburg, the Windies bowlers were thrashed

Today (January 18) is a very special day in cricket history. Eight years ago in the year 2015, on this day, there was a storm named ‘AB de Villiers’ at the Wanderers ground in Johannesburg. AB de Villiers smashed the West Indies bowlers fiercely that day and scored a century in just 31 balls. This was the fastest century by any batsman in the history of One Day International. De Villiers broke the record of Corey Anderson, who scored a century in 36 balls against the West Indies on 1 February 2014. That is, Corey Anderson’s record was broken in just 382 days.

In the second match of that five-match ODI series, West Indies won the toss and decided to bowl first, which proved to be a big mistake for them. Riley Rosso and Hashim Amla shared a 247-run partnership for the first wicket. When Riley Rosso was dismissed for 128 runs in the 39th over of the innings, the Windies team was expecting some relief. But this was not possible because South African captain AB de Villiers, who came to bat at number-3, created a storm.

AB completed this record breaking century

AB de Villiers indicated a storm by hitting a four off Jerome Taylor. Then in the 40th over of the innings bowled by Andre Russell, he hit two fours and two sixes, with one scoop going over fine leg. After this, after hitting another six on Jerome Taylor, AB de Villiers hit the balls of Jason Holder fiercely. Meanwhile, de Villiers hit a six off Holder’s ball and completed his half-century in 16 balls.

Later, AB de Villiers reached 80 runs by hitting four fours in one over of Dwayne Smith. In the 46th over, he again targeted Holder and completed a memorable century by scoring six runs through a slog sweep at deep mid-wicket. After completing the century, he hit another six in that over of Jason Holder.

Scored 149 runs in 49 balls, hit 16 sixes

Then in the 49th over of the innings, de Villiers’ batting picked up further and he scored 30 runs off Dwayne Smith with the help of four sixes and a four. By the time de Villiers was dismissed by Andre Russell in the last over of the innings, he had played one of the memorable innings in cricket history. De Villiers scored 149 runs in 44 balls, which included 16 sixes and 9 fours. That is, AB scored 132 runs with fours and sixes.

South Africa won the match by 148 runs

During his innings, AB de Villiers shared a 192-run partnership with Hashim Amla, but Amla’s contribution in this partnership was only 39 runs and he remained unbeaten on 153 runs. South Africa scored 163 runs in the last 10 overs. The South African team had scored a score of 439 runs for two wickets. In response, the West Indies team could only manage 291 runs for seven wickets and had to face defeat by 148 runs.

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