AB de Villiers’ grasp class propelled Royal Challengers Bangalore to an imposing win over Kolkata Knight Riders of their IPL match, on Sunday.
RCB scored 56 runs within the final three overs, together with 21 within the closing six deliveries, to set KKR a stiff goal of 205 after electing to bat.
De Villiers walked in when RCB have been at 95/3 after 11.1 overs. From that time, he constructed a partnership with Glenn Maxwell. When he was lastly dismissed, the harm had been completed with 76 from 34 balls. 55 of these runs got here within the final 5 overs.
De Villiers blazed away to 76 off 34 balls with the assistance of 9 fours and three sixes. Throughout his innings, the Proteas batsman was in whole management and performed photographs throughout the bottom residing as much as his tag of ‘Mr 360’. The cowl drive was his best shot with 22 runs coming from that shot.
De Villiers was significantly deadly on Andre Russell, who after a sensational final over within the earlier sport, was taken aside by ABD in a 21-run over.
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The Knight Riders have been off to a superb begin with leg-break bowler Varun Chakravarthy leaving RCB in early hassle at 9/2 with the massive wickets of skipper Virat Kohli (5) and Rajat Patidar (1) within the second over.
Opening the bowling for KKR, veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh bowled a decent line and size to stifle the RCB batsmen in his first two overs.
After Chakravarthy lured Kohli to go over cowl with a tossed-up supply that drifted away from the right-hander, Rahul Tripathi pulled off a sensational catch working again from extra-cover. The high batsman was nowhere near the ball.
Chakravarthy then went by means of the defence of Patidar with one which darted again on touchdown.
Mixing aggression with warning, Maxwell and Devdutt Padikkal (25) revived the RCB innings after the early blows on the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
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While the younger Indian appeared content material taking part in the second fiddle, the swashbuckling Australian counter-attacked in advantageous style and performed the massive photographs with consummate ease.
The in-form Maxwell upped the ante when he cleared his entrance leg to plonk Shakib Al Hasan over long-on for his first most within the sixth over.
The one bowled by Shakib turned out to be a productive over for RCB as they received 17 runs off it.
After reaching 45 for 2 on the finish of the six powerplay overs, Maxwell shifted gears and raced to his half-century in simply 28 balls. Even Chakravarthy, who was on hearth a while in the past, was not spared by Maxwell as he smashed him for a six and 4 off successive balls.
Prasidh Krishna ended the third-wicket partnership of 86 runs by sending again Padikkal, which signalled the arrival of De Villiers within the center.
Joining forces, the dazzling duo of Maxwell and De Villiers didn’t permit the KKR bowlers to settle into any type of rhythm till premier pacer Pat Cummins ended their 53-run affiliation.
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After that, the present belonged to De Villiers as he toyed with KKR bowlers.
(With PTI inputs)