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AB de Villiers blasts record half-century as South Africa crush England

Johannesburg: AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla blasted South Africa to victory by nine wickets after England collapsed in the second Twenty20 international at the Wanderers Stadium yesterday.

AB de Villiers en route his power-packed knock. Pic: AP/PTI
AB de Villiers en route his power-packed knock. Pic: AP/PTI

De Villiers and Amla made England's total of 171 look puny as they thrashed 125 runs in a 55-ball opening stand. De Villiers, on the ground on which he hit the world's fastest one-day international century against the West Indies last season, thrashed 79 off 29 balls with six fours and six sixes.

On the way he reached his fifty off 21 balls, the fastest for South Africa. Amla was slightly more restrained but played some powerful strokes in making 69 not out off 38 balls with eight fours and three sixes.

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