ICC World Twenty20: AB de Villiers special helps South Africa score highest team total so far

South Africa's 196 for five versus England was the highest total by any team in the present ICC World Twenty20. AB De Villiers made an unbeaten 69 off 28 balls.

updated: March 30, 2014 14:20 IST
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AB De Villiers took the England attack by the scruff of the neck to play one of the legendary innings of T20 International cricket to lead South Africa to a three-run victory in what amounted to a quarter-final at the ICC World Twenty20 at Chittagong on Saturday. The result means that the Proteas qualify for the semi-final from Group A along with either Sri Lanka or New Zealand while England cannot reach the knock-out phase regardless of the outcome of their final match against the Netherlands.

It was the third time in-a-row that the Proteas had gone right to the wire to clinch victory although they had a bit more in hand this time than the result suggests. Dale Steyn had 22 runs to defend in the final over and England needed 10 off the last ball.

But none of that would have been possible without the magnificent innings of De Villiers, who made an unbeaten 69 off 28 balls with 3 sixes and 9 fours, and built on the excellent platform laid by Hashim Amla (56 off 37 balls, 6 fours and 2 sixes) and Quinton de Kock, who put on 90 for the first wicket in 10.5 overs. (Highlights | Points Table)

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