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AB de Villiers smashing for six.

AB de Villiers hits stunning six during Pakistan Super League clash

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Record breaker and cricket phenomenon AB de Villiers stunned fans once again after hitting the most outrageous six, and you will do better to see a more perfected shot than thus of the South African.

Playing for Lahore Qalanders in the 10th match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, De Villiers beautifully assisted his teammates in a crunching six-wicket victory over the Multan Sultans, and my word did he mark his territory.  

The Lahore Qalanders won the toss and elected to bowl first with the Multan Sultans setting the Qalanders a chase of 201.

JM Vince grabbed the most runs for the Multans with a solid 84 off 41 balls, while Umar Siddiq grabbed 53 off 38. 

AB de Villiers was nominated for man of the match, predominantly for his match winning 52 from just 29 balls, but there's a very real possibility the voters were left wonderstruck by one shot in particular. 

Facing a free hit in the 18th over, with a mountain to climb still as they needed 32 from just 14 balls, the South African great got exactly what he wanted from bowler Junaid Khan.

In what might have been lifted off the covers by any over batsman, AB de Villiers bravely saw an opportunity and went for it as he got down on his right knee, reversing his bat and smashing the ball for six over the third man - sending the crowd ballistic in the process. 

It really was a shot that is best watched rather than attempt to have words do it any justice.

The Qalanders eventually ended up winning the match and De Villiers' teammate David Wiese hit the final delivery of the match for six to help them register victory.

Earlier in the 18th over, De Villers also hit a similar wide full toss over the covers and in addition, the 35-year-old was only on strike for the free hit after after crossing on the previous delivery when his batting partner was caught with a no ball. Wiese survived and ended up hitting 45 runs off 20 balls.

“I was fortunate in being able to take my time at the beginning of my innings and play myself in,” de Villiers said.

“David Wiese took a lot of the pressure off me, being a boundary hitter.

“We were on the ropes earlier but I told the lads to keep fighting, keep fighting, as it would come down to one or two runs.”

With a performance like that, we're sure the Proteas have been kindly reminded of what they are missing out on.

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