If Virat Kohli doesn’t get you, AB De Villiers surely will! This has been the tale of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. De Villiers batted like a true magician to finish off the game for Bangalore and seal their spot in the all-important final. The Royal Challengers are now just a win away from creating history and winning their first ever IPL.
Gujarat Lions batted first, but the top order collapsed before Dwayne Smith rescued them with a blistering half century. By the courtesy of Smith’s knock, Lions got to a respectable 158-6 in 20 overs. The Royal Challengers seemed down and out with 29-5 as Dhawal Kulkarni bowled a mesmerizing spell. De Villiers kept his cool and found tremendous support in Iqbal Abdullah as the two were involved in an unbeaten 91 runs stand.
Post his side’s win, skipper Virat Kohli termed AB De Villiers as the best batsman on earth. “Unbelievable. I can’t believe that I’m standing here as the winning captain. I think this should settle the debate about who is the best in the world. Come the big game, and he steps up. I just bow down to him. Credit to Abdulla as well for hanging out there with AB,” said Kohli.
“It did play a bit slow in the first half of the first innings, but then it played out nicely. I wasn’t very unhappy with the light showers which freshened the wicket. This one is for the people of Bangalore. We can’t wait to grab it,” an ecstatic Kohli added.
AB De Villiers was named the Man of the Match and he admitted being nervous initially. “I was very very nervous. Just wanted to focus on the basics. Take it one ball at a time. Knew if I was till the end, we would be close. Virat told me to have a go at Smith, as there was a bit of bad weather around. There was one six which just cleared the fence, got lucky there. I played just normal shots until the Smith over. Have to mention about the crowd, I think it’s the loudest I have ever heard a crowd in my life. See you all on Sunday,” said De Villiers.