Anything less than 100 percent, AB pounces on you: Mortaza

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Pns: Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza seemed clueless after he along with his bowling unit were made to face the wrath of AB de Villiers, who single-handedly took the game beyond their reach with a 176 off 104 balls enabling South Africa to clinch the series 2-0 with one game to go.

De Villiers, who was batting in his first ODI since the Champions Trophy clash against India earlier this year, registered his highest ODI score to help the hosts bag a 104-run win over the visitors at the Boland Park on Wednesday (October 18). South Africa posted a total of 353 for 6 before a unified bowling effort from their bowlers saw Bangladesh being bowled out for 249.

Mortaza later admitted that they had the self-belief during the innings changeover that they could chase down the daunting total. However, losing wickets at important junctures ensured that Bangladesh could never run the opponents close.

"It was a do or die match for us and we started the chase with a positive intent," said Mortaza. "Unfortunately Tamim got out but although Mushfiq [Mushfiqur Rahim] and Imrul [Kayes] batted well [it was not enough]," he added.

"If they could take us to somewhere when we needed to chase 100 runs in last 10 overs with seven or eight wickets in hand, we could have made an attempt. This happens quite often in this format as well as in the Twenty20s.

"Imran Tahir picked two wickets pretty quickly and it was a big blow for us in the middle," he said.

Mortaza, visibly shaken by the de Villiers knock, failed to put it in words about the impact of his knock. He also mentioned that every skipper would love to have someone of de Villiers's caliber in the team."Every team lacks an AB de Villiers. He can destroy any bowling attack on his day. Shakib had brought us back a little bit after taking two wickets.

"If we could have got the wicket of AB, then it could have been a different story. AB [has] played these type of innings a few times in his career now. As a bowler anything less than 100%, he is going to pounce on you. If we could have removed him early, we may as well have won the game," Mortaza noted.

"If he got out at 100, we could have still been in the game. The next 76 runs made a lot of difference. He can destroy any team on his day. There were a few chances here and there but it wasn't our day. Hopefully we will bounce back," the 34-year-old added.

AB de Villiers smashed as many as 7 sixes to go with 15 boundaries during his 104-ball stay. Barring a miscued pull that landed safe in no-man's land, de Villiers didn't offer any opening to the opposition.

Both teams will now meet in the third ODI on Sunday (October 22) at the Buffalo Park in East London.Cricbuzz.

PNS/Tamanna Khan

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