13 March 2015
AB De Villiers: The World Cup 99 Club
With his 99 against UAE, the South Africa captain joins JP Duminy and Adam Gilchrist in an exclusive club
AB de Villers's 99 against the UAE got him into the history books.
Already this tournament he has scored the fastest ODI century on Australian soil and the fastest 150 in ODI history.
In Wellington against the United Arab Emirates, he added his name to one list he probably would rather not have when he was dismissed for 99.
In doing so, de Villiers became only the third player to go out for 99 in World Cup matches, joining teammate JP Duminy and Australian great Adam Gilchrist.
In Wellington, de Villiers’ dismissal had no bearing on the result of the match as the Proteas went on to post a large total of 341-6 before bowling the UAE out for 195.
Speaking after the match de Villiers did not seem overly concerned about the dismissal, praising the performance of his team.
It was not surprising, given the Proteas’ commanding victory and de Villiers’ own figures of 2-15 with the ball combined with his 99 saw him named Player of the Match.
“We got a nice foundation again, which I'm very happy about, and we could free up nicely towards the end,” he said.
De Villiers took time to speak of the impressive effort from the UAE bowling attack though who regularly troubled South Africa regularly and took 9 wickets in the 50 overs, “It was up there with one my harder knocks today, really had to work”.
“I’m very happy with the fielding display, as well. Everyone bowled nicely, and everyone got a nice run in. All the part-timers, as well.”
It was a very similar story for Duminy in Kolkata in 2011. South Africa was playing Ireland during the pool stage and Duminy was on the cusp of his third ODI century when he was out caught by Kevin O’Brien off the bowling of John Mooney.
The Proteas went on to score a healthy total of 272-7 – with Duminy’s 99 the top score – before bowling Ireland out for 141. Like his ODI captain in 2015, Duminy was named player of the match for his efforts.
Gilchrist’s moment came during the 2003 tournament in Centurion, where Australia was playing Sri Lanka during the Super Sixes. Batting with Ricky Ponting, Gilchrist made the first run easily and turned back for a second but was caught out by an excellent direct hit, caught a foot short of his crease.
It mattered little in the final result, as Australia scored 319-5 and bowled Sri Lanka out for 223.
In the history of ODIs, only 27 batsmen have got out for the score – including Sachin Tendulkar three times, all in 2007.
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