De Villiers thrashes Indian bowlers

De Villiers thrashes Indian bowlers

AB de Villiers scored South Africa’s fastest Test century as the host nation continued to pile on the runs on the third day of the first Test against India at SuperSport Park here on Saturday.

By (AFP)

Published: Sat 18 Dec 2010, 4:47 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:24 AM

South Africa were 591 for three at lunch, a first innings lead of 455.

Jacques Kallis was on 182 not out and De Villiers was on 119.

De Villiers raced to his century off 74 balls with 11 fours and five sixes, beating the previous fastest, shared by Denis Lindsay, Jonty Rhodes and Shaun Pollock, by 21 balls.

It was an extraordinary innings by De Villiers, who in his previous Test match scored a South African record 278 not out against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi last month.

De Villiers played a dazzling array of strokes, from sweetly-timed drives and delicate cuts to reverse sweeps and fearless slog-sweeps over fielders placed on the mid-wicket boundary. He reached his 12th Test century with two successive hits for six off part-time spinner Suresh Raina.

India’s only success on a morning during which they conceded 225 runs in 36 overs had a touch of fortune to it. Hashim Amla tried to glance a wide delivery from Ishant Sharma and was caught down the leg side by Indian captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

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