The storm called AB de Villiers remained quiet for a while this year due to injuries, form and his self-imposed sabbatical from Test cricket. The storm, however, finally arrived in South Africa as the Proteas star, while playing for Titans, blew away Highveld Lions in the Ram Slam Twenty20 encounter at Centurion Park on Sunday (November 12).
Batting first the Lions put up a competitive total of 127 for 6 in 15 overs before rain ended their innings. The Lions were off to a disastrous start as Albie Morkel dismissed Rassie van der Dussen and Mangaliso Mosehle for second-ball ducks in the very first over. However, Reeza Hendrick‘s 67 off 42 helped the Lions to put up a competitive total. Hendrick’s slammed eight fours and a couple of sixes in his innings before the rain arrived and ended the innings.
Set a total of 135 in 15 overs as per Duckworth Lewis method, the Titans chased down the total in just 11.2 overs with de Villiers’ running a riot at Supersport Park. The Titans lost Henry Davids cheaply but Quinton de Kock set the tone for the chase with a 24-ball 39 before his departure brought together Morkel and de Villiers as the duo took the Lions’ attack to the cleaners. Morkel scored 41 off just 16 balls while de Villiers slammed his fastest T20 fifty, reaching the landmark in just 19 balls as the duo shared an 85-run third-wicket partnership.
De Villiers finished the proceedings is style by scooping his South Africa teammate Kagiso Rabada for two consecutive sixes to reach his fifty and take the team home.
Here is a snippet of de Villiers’ whirlwind knock: