We can chase even 300 on this pitch: De Villiers

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AB de Villiers pronounced Tuesday as being the day of reckoning for India and South Africa in the second Test.

“Today moved forward quite quickly,” the Protean middle-order bat, dismissed for a duck, said.

“Tomorrow is the big day for both teams. Whoever puts up their hands could come out on top. It’s a matter of arriving here and doing the basics well. We batted extremely poorly, quite a few soft wickets, and they bowled well. 18 wickets in the day is not a true reflection of how the wicket is playing, it’s playing better than that.”

De Villiers added that the South Africans fancied chasing anything up to 300 on this track.

“We would like to chase something in between 240 and 260. But if the Indian batters play well tomorrow, I really back our batters to come back and play well the next innings. After a very poor performance today, we’d like to come out and prove ourselves and play well again. Even if we have to chase 300, we’ll give it a good go,” the middle-order batsman said.

India’s fightback, de Villiers remarked, was hardly surprising. “They are the number one team in the world at the moment. You expect the number one team to bounce back after a poor performance. They caught us offsides and bounced back. They got Zaheer back into the attack, he’s a world-class bowler and put us under pressure from the word go. They found their lengths a bit better.”

South Africa aren’t unaware of the VVS Laxman threat going into daythree.

“We are very wary of him,” de Villiers said.

“We’ve seen him play big knocks for India before under pressure. He manages the player at the other end well, who is a youngster at the moment. He is definitely a danger man,” the South African said.

Source: Deccan Herald – December 27, 2010

We were caught off-guard by Indian comeback: AB de Villiers

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South African batsman A B de Villiers admitted that his side were caught off-guard by the strong Indian fightback on Monday but felt that the second Test here is still evenly poised.

“We batted extremely poorly, quite a few soft wickets. They bowled very well. They got Zaheer Khan back into the attack, he’s a world class bowler and put us under pressure from the word go. They caught us off-guard and bounced back,” de Villiers said.

“A couple of wickets didn’t go our way like that of Alviro Petersen and Jacques Kallis but the Indian bowlers bowled really well and their lengths and lines were spot on. Thanks to our bowlers for getting us back in the game and now it’s balanced,” he said at the post match press conference.

“India are the number one team in the world at the moment. You expect the number one team to bounce back after a poor performance,” he added.

India have taken an overall lead of 166 runs with six second innings wickets in hand but de Villiers said his side can even chase down 300 in the fourth innings.

“We would like to chase something between 240 and 260. If the Indian batters play well tomorrow I back our batters to come back and play well the next innings. After a very poor performance today, we’d like to come out and prove ourselves and play well again. Even if we have to chase 300, we’ll give it a good go,” said de Villiers who scored a duck in South Africa’s first innings total of 131.

“Today moved forward quite quickly. Tomorrow is the big day for both teams. Whoever puts up their hands could come out on top and it’s a matter of arriving here and doing the basics well tomorrow,” he added.

He said the South Africans will have to plan a strategy to dismiss V V S Laxman early on Tuesday.

“We are very wary of him (VVS). We’ve seen him play big knocks for India before under pressure. We are gonna have to get out game plans right to him. He manages the player at the other end well, who is a youngster at the moment. He is definitely a dangerman at the moment,” he said.

Eighteen wickets fell for 245 runs on the second day and de Villiers said the Kingsmead pitch was an ideal Test wicket.

“You are never really in on this wicket, there’s always something for the bowlers. The wickets suited the bowlers in the first two days. It’s definitely dominated by the bowlers and I think that’s how a Test wicket should be, there should always be something for the bowlers. Unfortunately the batters didn’t bat too well but they’ll be back on day three and four.

“There’s always going to be something in for the bowlers, even a little bit of spin Paul Harris and Harbhajan Singh both bowled well, getting a bit of bounce and turn. You get a bit of bounce, there’s always a bit of swing, so we’re just gonna have to come out here and get a few early wickets and restrict them to 250 which is very chaseable,” said de Villiers.

De Villiers said batsmen will have to be patient on this type of wicket and try to get a measure of the pitch before thinking of a big score.

“It gets easier when you get in. When you get to 30, 40 it gets easier. You get used to the pace, bounce and swing. The older ball obviously doesn’t swing as much. If you do get in and set a nice platform, you can set yourself in, to do nicely,” he said.

Asked about his stupendous catch to dismiss Harbhajan Singh in India’s first innings early this morning, de Villiers said, “It was an amazing catch, a reflex catch is one of those were you will be happy to get it. It wasn’t one of the big barters but was a classy catch and one that I will remember for a long time.”

Source: Times Of India – December 27, 2010

Hefty pay day for Smith, AB

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Leading Proteas Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers look set for another massive pay day from the IPL after being named among the 21 players with the highest reserve price of $400 000 (R2.7m) for next year’s auction.

The auction will be held in Bangalore on January 8 and 9.

They are among the biggest names in the game although there are some notable absentees – Australians Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Mitchell Johnson – won’t be involved and once again the troubled Pakistan camp has been ignored.

West Indies legend Brian Lara, who hasn’t played meaningful cricket for four years is also among the group of new names along with current England stars Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad and James Anderson.

Twelve players who were retained by their franchises will not feature in the auction.

Star batsman Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, West Indian Kieron Pollard and Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka were retained by the Mumbai Indians.

Reigning champions Chennai Super Kings kept Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay and South African all-rounder Albie Morkel.

The Aussie duo of Shane Warne and Shane Watson were retained by Rajasthan Royals, while Delhi Daredevils kept Virender Sehwag and Bangalore Royal Challengers retained Virat Kohli.

The franchises have $9m to spend on their personnel.

There are 10 teams involved with 74 matches and the season looks set to go ahead despite the threat of court action.

The Indian organisers released a list of 416 players for the auction.

The 2011 tournament is scheduled to run from April 8 to May 22.

The players with the reserve price of $400,000 are:
Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Shaun Marsh, James Anderson, Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Yuvraj Singh, Graeme Smith, AB de Villiers, Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Brian Lara, Chris Gayle

Second Tier ($300 000):
Jacques Kallis, Muttiah Muralitharan, Zaheer Khan, Yusuf Pathan, Shaun Tait, Andrew Symonds, Angelo Mathews, Kumar Sangakkara

Third Tier ($200 000):
Sourav Ganguly, Gautam Gambhir, Michael Hussey, Doug Bollinger, Dirk Nannes, Eoin Morgan, Robin Uthappa, Sanath Jayasuriya, David Hussey

Source: Sport24.co.za – December 22, 2012

De Villiers scores fastest South African test century

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AB de Villiers scored the quickest test century by a South African on Saturday when he reached his hundred from 75 deliveries on the third day of the first test against India.

At lunch De Villiers, who scored a national record 278 not out against Pakistan last month, had reached 119 not out from 94 ball as South Africa extended their first innings to 591 for three in reply to India’s 136.

The previous record of 95 deliveries was shared by Denis Lindsay (versus Australia 1966/67), Jonty Rhodes (v West Indies, 1998/99) and Shaun Pollock (v Sri Lanka 2000/01).

Jacques Kallis was nearing his first test double century as he continued unperturbed to 182 not out at the break.

South Africa resumed their first innings on 366 for two and Hashim Amla, Kallis and De Villiers launched a mind-numbing assault on the lacklustre Indian bowlers, lashing 225 runs in 36 overs in the morning session.

While Amla and Kallis played with classical elegance, De Villiers savaged the bowling, hammering 11 fours and five sixes. He was particularly severe on Suresh Raina with 50 runs coming from the part-time off-spinner’s four overs on Saturday morning.

India’s only success came when Amla, who had cruised to 140, edged a terrible delivery, way down the leg-side, from Ishant Sharma to wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

It was Amla’s fourth successive century against India, equalling the world record shared by South African Alan Melville against England (1938/39-1947), West Indian Everton Weekes versus India (1948/49) and Pakistan’s Shoaib Mohammed against New Zealand (1984/85-1990/91).

Amla and Kallis’s partnership of 230 in 238 minutes was their fifth double-century stand in tests, just one behind the world record set by Australians Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer.

Kallis and De Villiers have added 195 in 30.3 overs against an Indian team who look dead on their feet.

Source: Reuters – December 18, 2010 / KEN BORLAND

AB piles more misery on India

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AB de Villiers scored the fasted Test century by a South African taking just 75 balls to reach the landmark as a dejected Indian side left the field for lunch on day three of the first test at Centurion on Saturday.

De Villiers’ splendid innings overshadowed Jacques Kallis’ unbeaten 150, off 210 balls, including 12 fours and three sixes.

South Africa went into lunch on 591 for three, a lead of 455 with Kallis on 182 not out and De Villiers on 119.

Hashim Amla and Kallis were both on unbeaten centuries when South Africa resumed their innings on 366/2 in the morning.

The wickets to fall previously were those of captain Graeme Smith (62) and Alviro Petersen (77) while India were bowled out for a paltry 136.

The pair shared a third wicket stand of 230 runs (23 fours and three sixes) before Amla, scoring his fourth consecutive Test century, was caught behind by wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for 140. Ishant Sharma struck it lucky when he bowled down the leg side and Amla tried to flick it fine but got a touch to it and Dhoni did the rest.

De Villiers joined Kallis at the crease and got off to a flying start, his first 50 coming off 42 balls and his second off just 33 balls.

Not to take anything away from the splendid batting by the South Africans, the Indian bowling attack was poor and they have no where else to turn.

Source: IOL.co.za – December 18, 2010