Following his excellent debut on Tuesday, AB de Villiers failed to get going on Friday when the Brisbane Heat were trounced by 10 wickets by the Adelaide Strikers in their Big Bash encounter at the Adelaide Oval.
De Villiers strolled to the crease after Heat captain Chris Lynn won the bat flip and decided to bat first. The Heat, though, were in trouble at 9-1 but the 35-year-old De Villiers couldn’t get his team going as he was caught by Jake Weatherald off the bowling of Michael Nesser for only 2.
The Brisbane outfit continued to stutter and succumbed to just 100 after 17 overs thanks to some smart bowling by the Strikers.
Strikers openers Phil Salt and Weatherald didn’t hang around in the middle and steered their team to victory with nine overs still remaining.
The South African, though, hit the ground running in his opening game when these two teams met in Brisbane on Tuesday, smashing a quick-fire 40 of 31 deliveries to help guide his team to a seven wicket victory.
De Villiers took a particular like to Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan in that game, hitting him to the boundary with a lot of ease.
Batting at number four in that game, the former Proteas skipper looked in complete control from the very first delivery but he would eventually fell trying to go for a big shot but he was caught at long-on by Nesser off the bowling of Liam O’Conner.
A half-century by Matthew Renshaw saw the Heat home in the end.