De Villiers leads Proteas to series victory


Captain AB de Villiers scored a brilliant century to lead hosts South Africa to a five-wicket victory in the series deciding fifth ODI against England at Newlands on Sunday.

With the Proteas chasing at a target of 237, De Villiers came in to bat with his side in trouble at 22 for three in the eight over.

The situation did not stop the Proteas skipper from playing his usual attacking game as he launched a counter attack on the England bowlers to hit an unbeaten 101 in 97 balls.

De Villiers found a willing partner in Hashim Amla as the two added 125 for the fourth wicket to get the hosts back on track.

Amla (59) and Farhaan Behardien (13) though fell in relatively quick succession but David Wiese (41 from 32 balls) was calm in the face of the storm as he helped his skipper clinch the series with unbroken stand of 71.

Earlier, England's total of 236 all out was anchored by opener Alex Hales, who struck 112, but received no support from the rest of the batting line up.

The second highest score was only 29, from Ben Stokes, which showed the lack of application from the England batsmen after South Africa won the toss an decided to field first.

Seamer Kagiso Rabada was again impressive for the Proteas, taking three for 34 in nine overs, while spinner Imran Tahir claimed three for 53 in ten overs.

South Africa completed what looked like an unlikely series comeback them being two-nil down with three matches to go but were very impressive as they held their nerve.