AB de Villiers took the Pakistan Super League by storm on Friday, 22 February, smashing a 29-ball 52 to help Lahore Qalandars see off Multan Sultans by six wickets in a last-ball thriller.
De Villiers’ teamed up with one-time South Africa team-mate David Wiese – who scored an equally-impressive 20-ball 45* – to hunt down a mammoth target of 201 with the final delivery of the second innings.
Wiese and de Villiers added 96 runs for the fifth wicket. A majority of those runs came in the death overs, with the two launching a six each off Andre Russell in the all-important penultimate over to bring the equation down to nine runs off the final over.
That came down to four required off the final ball, and Wiese smashed Dan Christian for six to complete a stunning chase.
It was a trademark de Villiers knock. The moment that summed up his brilliance was when he reverse-scooped a full toss from Junaid Khan – spread well outside off – over the third-man fence
"I am pleased for my team," said de Villiers, the Lahore captain, after the match. “I took my time and Wiese took pressure off me. It was a nice partnership. We were under pressure after ten overs, but we showed a great attitude.”
De Villiers later took to Twitter to describe just how much he enjoyed the outing, and said his choice for the Player of the Match award was Wiese.