Twitter Reactions: AB de Villiers lights up MCG with his all-round show against Melbourne Stars

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Twitter Reactions: AB de Villiers lights up MCG with his all-round show against Melbourne Stars

South African star AB de Villiers has kept the Brisbane Heat in the playoffs hunt, with his first BBL half-century guiding his side to a 71-run win over the Melbourne Stars on Saturday.

After winning the bat flip, the Heat posted 186-5 on the board, thanks to some lusty late hitting by de Villiers, the Stars fizzled to be all out for 115 runs in reply at the MCG.

Heat were seventh going into the clash with three defeats in a row but can still make the playoffs with a win over the Melbourne Renegades at Marvel Stadium on Monday.

Stars’ opener Marcus Stoinis, the competition’s leading run-scorer, belted 16 off the first over but departed for 17; Peter Handscomb top-scored with just 27.

Glenn Maxwell (1), Nic Maddinson (9) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (0) were dismissed in quick succession in a pivotal batting collapse.

Mitchell Swepson (3-31), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (2-11) and James Pattinson (2-17) did the damage for the Heat with the ball.

De Villiers helped set up the result, smashing six sixes on his way to 71 from 37 balls, with three of them coming from the final over of the innings bowled by Stars debutant Dilbar Hussain.

The Proteas veteran also took the gloves in place of regular wicketkeeper Jimmy Peirson and was involved in a run-out of Handscomband (27) and the stumping of Adam Zampa (1).

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