De Villiers hits 176 as South Africa score 353/6 vs B'desh

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal is hopeful of playing in the second ODI today provided that he passes a pre-match fitness test

He brought up his century in 68 balls and was looking set to score a double century, but Rubel Hossain persisted and inflicted the breakthrough in the 48th over albeit after the ship had sailed.

Mushfiqur and Kayes' were the only batsmen who managed to cross fifty runs and the rest of the batting order apart from Mahmudullah succumbed easily. Bangladesh bowlers, on the other hand, found it hard to cash on to the sluggishness of the track.

Within 19 balls, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur had followed him back to the pavilion with the score having advanced to 184 for five.

Three balls later, Shakib bowled hosts skipper Faf du Plessis before he could open his innings.

AB de Villiers remained the aggressor, rather the innovator that he is, throughout the match while Amla played the anchor's role initially. Undeterred by all this, de Villiers launched an all-out attack on the visitors. It was all about how many balls I could face at the end of the innings to get as many runs as I could for the team. Amla too reached his personal milestone of 50 runs in 55 deliveries, his 34th ODI half-century.

De Villiers raced to his 25th one-day global century off 68 balls with ten fours and a six. He was severely heavy on the likes of Taskin Ahmed and Sabbir Rahman.

Bangladesh had started the innings relatively well, keeping South Africa's openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock quiet.

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JP Duminy came out in the middle with de Villiers 14 runs away from his hundred.

With this hundred, he also equalled Kumar Sangakkara's tally of 25 tons in the all-time list.

Already the holder of the records for the fastest ODI 50, 100 and 150, de Villiers was on target to beat Chris Gayle's record of 138 balls for the fastest one-day worldwide double century before he hit a low full toss from Rubel Hossain to deep midwicket with 14 balls remaining in the innings.

De Villiers eventually holed out to deep midwicket off Rubel Hossain, but the damage had been done.

"I had to remind myself that I am hitting the ball well". He hit just eight fours but was seldom in trouble on his way to a record-extending 26th century.

Duminy, along with Farhan Behardein, added 11 runs before Hossain picked up the former for 30. It's about the manner in which he flayed the opposition bowling, nearly from the first ball.

South Africa closed their innings on 353 for 6 in 50 overs with Behardien not out on 7.

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