When South Africa’s star batsman AB de Villiers walked out in the middle, there was plenty of reverse swing on offer for the Australian bowlers in the final session of play on Day 2 of the second Test.
With the ball doing plenty and wickets falling, ABD did what he does best – went on to attack. He was rewarded with plenty of runs to his tally and soon enough brought his fifty from just 62 balls.
Move to the third day, he continued superbly alongside Vernon Philander and completed his 22nd Test century and remained unbeaten when the last wicket fell. At the end of the morning session, South Africa added 118 runs to their overnight total of 264/7 and was eventually bowled out for 382 to take a 139 run lead. AB walked back amid a loud standing ovation and respectful applause from Australia players as well.
The unbeaten 126 by ABD also ended his dry spell of not scoring a Test ton in his last 13 Test matches.
AB de Villiers’ wife congratulated her husband on scoring his 22nd Test ton
AB de Villiers’ wife Danielle de Villiers posted a congratulatory message on her Instagram wishing the husband on reaching to his historic milestone of 22 Test centuries. The post portrayed an iconic picture featuring the veteran Proteas batsmen along with a hand down emotion added to make the significance of the message come into the feeling.
De Villiers’ majestic knock of 126 runs included 20 fours and a six, imposing some serious pressure and fear on the opposition team’s bowlers. At the back of his defiant contribution, the hosts took an important lead in the first innings to stake their claims riding in the driver seat position in the ongoing second Test.