Cricket

AB de Villiers slams 43-ball 88 on T20 Blast debut to lead Middlesex to comfortable win over Essex

  • Asian News International
  • July 19th, 2019
  • 10:22:16 IST

London: South African batsman made an impressive debut in England's domestic T20 competition Vitality Blast as he played a match-winning knock of 88 runs for Middlesex on Thursday.

De Villiers kept on hammering Essex bowlers all around the park and he went on to score 88 runs off just 43 balls. This knock by the right-handed batsman enabled Middlesex to register an easy win by seven wickets with three overs to spare.

De Villiers starred with a match-winning knock of 83 for Middlesex on T20 Blast debut. Image courtesy: Twitter @Middlesex_CCC

De Villiers starred with a match-winning knock of 83 for Middlesex on T20 Blast debut. Image courtesy: Twitter @Middlesex_CCC

Chasing 165, Middlesex had gotten off to a bad start as they lost their first two wickets with just 39 runs on the board. De Villiers came out to bat at number four and he along with Dawid Malan stitched together a 105-run stand to take Middlesex closer to victory.

Malan departed after playing a knock of 43 runs, but de Villiers ensured that the team registers a victory by seven wickets and with 18 balls to spare.
Earlier, after being put in to bat Essex kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and it was only due to Dutch player Ryan ten Doeschate knock of 74 runs that the team was able to post 164 runs on the board.

AB de Villiers has been surrounded by controversy as during the recently concluded ICC Men's World Cup, Cricket South Africa's (CSA) selection panel had revealed that AB de Villiers wanted to make his way back into the World Cup squad on the day of announcement of the team.

However, after South Africa failed to make it to the semi-finals of the World Cup, de Villiers released a statement saying there was no contact between him and CSA after his retirement from international cricket. He added that he made no demands from either the selection panel or skipper Faf Du Plessis.

"During the weeks and months that followed, there was no formal contact between Cricket South Africa or the Proteas and me. I didn't call them, and they didn't call me. I had made my decision and the Proteas moved on, enjoying success under the expert guidance of coach Ottis Gibson and the outstanding captaincy of Faf du Plessis," de Villiers had said.

"Faf and I have been friends since we were at school together and, two days before the World Cup squad was announced, I contacted him for a chat. I had been in decent form during the Indian Premier League and casually repeated what I had said when asked a year earlier, that I was available if required... but only if required. I made absolutely no demands," he added.

De Villiers had announced his retirement from international cricket on 23 May, 2018. The player went on to play 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is for Proteas.

Updated Date: July 19, 2019 10:22:16 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

IPL 2020: Royal Challengers Bangalore aiming to finish atop points table, says batsman AB de Villiers
First Cricket News

IPL 2020: Royal Challengers Bangalore aiming to finish atop points table, says batsman AB de Villiers

De Villiers has played some fine knocks for RCB this seasons, a couple of them single-handedly helping the team to victory.

IPL 2020: India coach Ravi Shastri urges AB de Villiers to make international return after explosive innings for RCB
First Cricket News

IPL 2020: India coach Ravi Shastri urges AB de Villiers to make international return after explosive innings for RCB

De Villiers, who ended his international career two years ago, smashed six sixes in a 33-ball blitz in Sharjah on Monday that set up a big win for the Royal Challengers Bangalore over the Kolkata Knight Riders.

AB de Villiers, spinners shine as RCB thrash KKR by 82 runs to maintain winning run in IPL 2020
First Cricket Photos

AB de Villiers, spinners shine as RCB thrash KKR by 82 runs to maintain winning run in IPL 2020

Check out the key moments from IPL 2020 clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders.