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3 occasions when the runout of AB de Villiers cost South Africa the match

Yash Mittal
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South Africa v Australia - 1st Test: Day 4
de Villiers walks off after getting out on a golden duck.

If the ignominy of scoring runs against quality bowlers isn't enough, the last thing a batsman can afford is to get himself run-out against the complete run of play. A run-out at a crucial juncture of a game not only costs the batsman his wicket but it also acts as a catalyst for the spirits of the opposition team. 

AB de Villiers, though a supreme athlete hasn't always come across as a smart runner. In the ongoing Test match against Australia, South Africa's hopes of pulling off a heist in their pursuit of 417 got a severe jolt when their best batsman and the highest run-scorer in first innings (77, not out) got run-out in a bizarre manner. 

Markram pushed the ball to deep square leg and de Villiers took off from the non-striker's end defying Markram's denial while a vibrant David Warner rocketed a throw to Nathan Lyon who completed the due proceedings. de Villiers hobbled away for a duck, the second golden duck of his Test career. This was not the first time though when AB has gotten himself run-out at a crucial juncture of a game that had significant repercussions on the Proteas.

Here's a look back at the instances when AB de Villiers run-out cost South Africa:

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