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Feb 27, 2015

It all comes down to hard work for De Villiers

SYDNEY (Reuters) – AB de Villiers smashed West Indies bowlers from pillar to post for the quickest 150 in one-day internationals on Friday but the South African skipper said only hard work earns a batsman the right to dominate in such a fashion.

The 31-year-old’s innings of 162 not out from 66 balls climaxed with a stunning final passage where he blasted his final 50 runs off just 12 balls to bring the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground to its feet.

Feb 27, 2015

Cricket-It all comes down to hard work for De Villiers

SYDNEY, Feb 27 (Reuters) – AB de Villiers smashed West Indies bowlers from pillar to post for the quickest 150 in one-day internationals on Friday but the South African skipper said only hard work earns a batsman the right to dominate in such a fashion.

The 31-year-old’s innings of 162 not out from 66 balls climaxed with a stunning final passage where he blasted his final 50 runs off just 12 balls to bring the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground to its feet.

Feb 27, 2015

De Villiers smashes 162 to drive South Africa to 408-5

SYDNEY (Reuters) – AB de Villiers flayed West Indies with a brilliant unbeaten 162 from just 66 balls to drive South Africa to an imposing 408 for five in their World Cup Pool B clash on Friday.

The Proteas skipper utilised his full repertoire of strokes in an awesome display of batting, peppering the boundaries at a sun-bathed Sydney Cricket Ground with eight sixes and 17 fours in a 104-minute innings that will live long in the memory.

Feb 27, 2015

Cricket-De Villiers smashes 162 to drive South Africa to 408-5

SYDNEY, Feb 27 (Reuters) – AB de Villiers flayed West Indies with a brilliant unbeaten 162 from just 66 balls to drive South Africa to an imposing 408 for five in their World Cup Pool B clash on Friday.

The Proteas skipper utilised his full repertoire of strokes in an awesome display of batting, peppering the boundaries at a sun-bathed Sydney Cricket Ground with eight sixes and 17 fours in a 104-minute innings that will live long in the memory.

Feb 27, 2015

South Africa win toss, bat first against West Indies

SYDNEY (Reuters) – South Africa captain AB de Villiers won the toss and opted to send his much changed side in to bat in their World Cup Pool B match against West Indies at a sun-bathed Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

The Proteas are out to kickstart their campaign after a 130-run loss to India in their last outing, while West Indies come into the contest with confidence high after their record-breaking victory over Zimbabwe.

Feb 27, 2015

Cricket-South Africa win toss, bat first against West Indies

SYDNEY, Feb 27 (Reuters) – South Africa captain AB de Villiers won the toss and opted to send his much changed side in to bat in their World Cup Pool B match against West Indies at a sun-bathed Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

The Proteas are out to kickstart their campaign after a 130-run loss to India in their last outing, while West Indies come into the contest with confidence high after their record-breaking victory over Zimbabwe.

Feb 22, 2015

Braveheart Berrington has no time for auld grudges

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Giving a taster of the sort of batting he is capable of, Richie Berrington took one step down the University Oval track and smashed a Daniel Vettori delivery high over the long-on boundary and into the window of the TV commentary box.

The sumptuous six in Scotland’s World Cup opener against New Zealand on Tuesday was only a sample of what the 27-year-old can produce as circumstances forced him to display the more circumspect side to his game.

Feb 22, 2015

Cricket-Braveheart Berrington has no time for auld grudges

SYDNEY, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Giving a taster of the sort of batting he is capable of, Richie Berrington took one step down the University Oval track and smashed a Daniel Vettori delivery high over the long-on boundary and into the window of the TV commentary box.

The sumptuous six in Scotland’s World Cup opener against New Zealand on Tuesday was only a sample of what the 27-year-old can produce as circumstances forced him to display the more circumspect side to his game.

Feb 18, 2015

‘Shining light’ Taylor proving doubters wrong

SYDNEY (Reuters) – If there was one thing pretty much the whole cricketing community agreed upon on the first weekend of the World Cup, it was that James Taylor deserved better than to be robbed of a century by a dodgy umpiring decision.

The diminutive English batsman had confirmed his rich vein of form by scrapping his way to 98 as his team mates fell victim to Australian bowlers at the other end, only to be denied his maiden one-day hundred in farcical fashion.

Feb 18, 2015

Cricket-’Shining light’ Taylor proving doubters wrong

SYDNEY, Feb 18 (Reuters) – If there was one thing pretty much the whole cricketing community agreed upon on the first weekend of the World Cup, it was that James Taylor deserved better than to be robbed of a century by a dodgy umpiring decision.

The diminutive English batsman had confirmed his rich vein of form by scrapping his way to 98 as his team mates fell victim to Australian bowlers at the other end, only to be denied his maiden one-day hundred in farcical fashion.

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