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De Villiers seals series for South Africa

Skipper’s unbeaten ton helps complete remarkable turnaround from 0-2 down as England falters despite Hales’ 112

De Villiers seals series for South Africa - Cricket News
AB de Villiers hit an unbeaten century to steer South Africa to a five-wicket victory.
Skipper AB de Villiers smacked an unbeaten century to pilot South Africa to a five-wicket victory in the fifth and final One-Day International against England at Newlands in Cape Town on Sunday (February 14).
 
De Villiers made an unbeaten 101 as South Africa chased down a target of 237 with six overs to spare, giving it a 3-2 victory after England had won the first two matches.
 
An English batsman made a century for the third game in a row but still ended up on the losing side as South Africa completed a spectacular fightback. 
 
Opener Alex Hales hit 112 but lacked meaningful support as England was bowled out for 236 after being sent in to bat.
 
South Africa thus became only the third team in ODI history to win a series after trailing 0-2.
 
The match marked a return to his best form for de Villiers, who had not scored a century in seven Tests and four one-day innings against the visitor.
 
De Villiers walked out to bat with his side in trouble at 22 for 3, Reece Topley dismissing all three batsmen. But de Villiers and Hashim Amla regained control for the host with a fourth-wicket stand of 125.


 
Amla made an uncharacteristically restrained 59 off 93 balls and was happy to watch de Villiers do the bulk of the scoring before charging a wide ball from Moeen Ali and being stumped. De Villiers went on to complete his 24th ODI century, hitting 11 fours and a six.
 
Hales' second ODI century capped a fine series for the tall right-hander, who came into the game with fifties in each of the previous four matches, including 99 in the second game in Port Elizabeth. He finished the series with 383 runs at an average of 76.60, and was named man of the series.
 
Joe Root (27) and Ben Stokes (29) were the only other England batsmen to top 20. Hales and Root added 61 for the second wicket, their fifth straight association of 50 or more, before Root was trapped leg before by leg-spinner Imran Tahir. Root amassed 351 runs in the series at 70.20.
 
Tahir took the first two wickets, also trapping Jason Roy leg before after coming on in the fifth over. 
 
Kagiso Rabada and David Wiese also took three wickets each, for 34 and 50 runs respectively, in their nine overs.
 
Topley gained significant swing at the start of the South African chase and got rid of Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and Rilee Rossouw in an opening spell of three for 21 in five overs. He finished with figures of three for 41 in seven overs.

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