Ab De Villiers

  • IPL 7: Shoddy Mumbai lose to RCB for second straight defeat 19-04-2014 07:02 PM

    It won't be wrong to analyse that Mumbai Indians lost in the first 20 overs of their IPL-7 match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Dubai on Saturday, as their 115 was never enough to challenge a batting-heavy RCB, who romped home by 7 wickets with 2.3 overs to spare. Mumbai...
  • I have taken tips from AB de Villiers: Duminy 18-04-2014 10:27 AM

    Sharjah: He himself knows a thing or two about batting in the end overs and Delhi Daredevils' JP Duminy says he has taken tips from his South African teammate AB de Villiers, who is considered one of the best finishers in the game today. Delhi Daredevils found themselves in tatters...
  • IPL 7: RCB's hopes rest on top-heavy batting 14-04-2014 11:50 AM

    Home to some of the most destructive modern-day cricketers, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have never been shy of spending money at the players' auction and have bagged the most sought after talents in their line-up throughout the previous six editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The franchise is...
  • Top seven moments of 2014 World Twenty20 08-04-2014 12:25 PM

    It's over, but memories will stay. The 2014 ICC World Twenty20 delivered unbridled joy and also distressing heartbreaks that will shape up into bedtime stories the players will narrate to their grandchildren one day. Whether it was Hong Kong's win over Bangladesh, Dale Steyn's last over against New Zealand or...
  • South Africa are in safe hands, says former captain Graeme Smith 04-04-2014 09:44 AM

    Graeme Smith believes South Africa are in safe hands, despite his retirement as captain and the recent departures of coach Gary Kirsten and allrounder Jacques Kallis, because the squad are still brimming with experience. Smith announced his retirement in March after 12 years, more than 9,000 test runs and 27...
  • WT20 semi-final: India on a roll but South Africa a tough nut 04-04-2014 09:02 AM

    After rain played spoilsport in the first semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 2014 and threatening to ruin the second where India take on South Africa on Friday, the weathermen in Mirpur have forecast another strong thunderstorm in the evening on April 4. But India, who have been on a...
  • India to face South Africa in World Twenty20 semi-finals 01-04-2014 12:12 AM

    India, who are the first team to enter the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, will face South Africa in the second semi-final on April 4 after the Group 1 games concluded on Monday. SA finished second in Group 1 after Sri Lanka leapfogged them on net run...
  • World T20: De Villiers hopes South Africa peaking at right time 31-03-2014 08:23 AM

    Chittagong: South Africa hero AB de Villiers feels his side might be peeking at the right time after qualifying for the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. His comments followed a dramatic three-run win over England on Saturday in which De Villiers thrashed 69 not out to help South...
  • South Africa in World T20 semis, England eliminated 29-03-2014 11:24 PM

    South Africa sailed into the World Twenty20 semi-finals with a three-run victory over England in their super 10 Group 1 match in Chittagong on Saturday. England slumped out of contention for a place in the last four after falling short of a 197-run victory target in the face of some...
  • As it happened: England vs South Africa, World Twenty20 29-03-2014 06:12 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Toss: England have won the toss and elected to bowl against South Africa at Chittagong. Playing XIs: South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), AB de Villiers (capt), Jean-Paul Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Dale Steyn,...
  • World T20: Steyn's last-over heroics help South Africa beat New Zealand 24-03-2014 07:03 PM

    Chittagong: JP Duminy blasted an unbeaten 86 and Dale Steyn bowled a sensational last over as South Africa pulled of a dramatic two-run win over New Zealand to bring their ICC World Twenty20 campaign back on track, here on Monday. Riding on Duminy's blistering knock, South Africa collected 70 runs...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs New Zealand, World Twenty20 24-03-2014 02:04 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS & TEAM NEWS: New Zealand won the toss and opted to bowl. South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis returned fit to play in place of Behardien. New Zealand went in with an unchanged side. Playing XIs: New Zealand:...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Sri Lanka, World Twenty20 Game 14 22-03-2014 01:54 PM

    For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page Toss and team news: Sri Lanka have won the toss and opted to bat. South Africa's regular T20 skipper Faf du Plessis misses out due to injury while Dale Steyn is fit to play. South Africa are in Group...
  • South Africa: Will the U-19 success rub off to seniors at World T20? 13-03-2014 12:29 PM

    Signs of South Africa slowly getting rid of the 'chokers' tag at ICC events emerged at Dubai last month where the country's Under-19 team lifted the World Cup, giving a nation deprived of ICC trophies hope that winning the 2014 World Twenty20 is not beyond them. Currently involved in a...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 1st T20 09-03-2014 05:38 PM

    Persistent showers forced the first Twenty20 between Australia and South Africa at Port Elizabeth to be called off. South Africa and Australia will be aiming to hone their Twenty20 international skills when they start a three-match series at St George's Park on Sunday. Coming after a high-intensity Test series, a...
  • De Villiers unsure of taking over as Test captain 05-03-2014 02:43 PM

    Cape Town: World's No.1 batsman AB de Villiers is not sure he would take over as the South African Test captain succeeding Graeme Smith, who will be retiring from international cricket after the third and the final Test against Australia. De Villiers is the obvious choice to take charge of...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 1 01-03-2014 01:43 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Crushing victories for either side in the first two matches have set up a potentially thrilling decider when South Africa host Australia in the final Test at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday. The tourists blazed their way to...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 3 22-02-2014 01:42 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page Day 2 round-up: JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, Wayne Parnell and Vernon Philander put South Africa on top as they reduced Australia to 112 for 4 on the second day of the second Test at St George's Park on...
  • 2nd Test: Warner solid as Australia trail by 311 21-02-2014 10:40 PM

    Port Elizabeth: JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, Wayne Parnell and Vernon Philander put South Africa on top as they reduced Australia to 112 for 4 on the second day of the second Test at St George's Park on Friday. Allrounder Parnell, playing his first Test in four years, and paceman...
  • De Villiers key for South Africa on Day 2 of second Test 21-02-2014 09:05 AM

    Port Elizabeth: South Africa were left to rue the loss of cheap wickets after battling to 214 for 5 on the opening day of the second Test against Australia on Thursday. Bad light brought a premature end to the day after 83 overs bowled with AB de Villiers not out...
  • 2nd Test: Australia take late wickets, South Africa 214 for 5 on Day 1 20-02-2014 09:29 PM

    Port Elizabeth: Australia showed patience on a sluggish pitch to take two late wickets and reclaim control over South Africa on the first day of the second Test on Thursday. Spinners Nathan Lyon, who took 2 for 47, and Steve Smith removed Dean Elgar for 83 and Quinton de Kock...
  • 1st Test: Johnson helps Australia crush No. 1 South Africa 15-02-2014 08:23 PM

    Centurion: Australia crushed cricket's top-ranked team on Saturday as unstoppable fast bowler Mitchell Johnson took 12 of 20 wickets to send South Africa to a humbling 281-run defeat at home in the first Test. Already with 7 for 68 from the first innings, Johnson ripped out 5 for 59 in...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 1 12-02-2014 01:36 PM

    For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Michael Clarke hadn't even arrived in South Africa before his first dig: Ready to depart from Sydney airport, the Australia captain said he was unaware top-ranked South Africa had beaten No. 2 India to extend their unbeaten run to...
  • South Africa happy with Test warm-up ahead of Australia series 07-02-2014 08:02 AM

    Johannesburg: A century by Faf du Plessis and a first session in the middle for wicketkeeper AB de Villiers since hand surgery has left South Africa satisfied with preparations for the Test series against Australia. South Africa, who host a buoyant Australian side fresh from their Ashes triumph in a...
  • AB de Villiers' surgery a success, on track to face Aussies 12-01-2014 06:20 PM

    Cape Town: South Africa wicketkeeper AB de Villiers had successful surgery on his injured hand on Friday and should be fit to take on Australia next month, Cricket South Africa said. "He will start light rehab on Monday and is on track to be ready for the upcoming tour against...
  • De Villiers set to face Australia despite hand surgery 09-01-2014 11:32 PM

    Cape Town: South Africa wicketkeeper AB de Villiers will undergo hand surgery on Friday, but is expected to be fit for the upcoming series against Australia, a Cricket South Africa spokesman said on Thursday. De Villiers will have a plate in his hand removed after it started to cause him...
  • As it happened: South Africa vs India, 2nd Test, Day 4 29-12-2013 12:24 PM

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 3 round-up: Playing his final Test, Jacques Kallis approached his 45th century as South Africa made their position strong on day three of the second Test, reaching 299 for 5 at stumps, just 35 runs shy of India's...
  • 2nd Test: Kallis stands firm as SA just 35 runs away from India's 334 28-12-2013 08:18 PM

    Playing his final Test, Jacques Kallis approached his 45th century as South Africa made their position strong on day three of the second Test, reaching 299 for 5 at stumps, just 35 runs shy of India's first innings total of 334. Kallis (78*) looked in imperious touch even in the...