AB de Villiers shattered Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) hopes as he decimated them with some colossal hitting in Dubai on Saturday. De Villiers stole the show as he hit an unbeaten 55 runs off 22 deliveries to help Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) clinch a thrilling victory in the final over Rajasthan Royals.
Opting to bat, Rajasthan Royals posted 177/6 in the stipulated 20 overs. Captain Steve Smith shuffled his line-up as he asked Robin Uthappa to open along with Ben Stokes and the Indian batsman delivered. It was a good outing for Smith as well as he returned back to form with 57 runs off 36 balls. All-rounder Chris Morris was the pick of the bowler for RCB with a four-wicket haul.
AB de Villiers is a freak, isn’t he: RCB head coach Simon Katich
“He is a freak, isn’t he? That’s why he is the greatest of all time. What we saw was another masterclass, we have seen a number of them already in this tournament. He had one here against Mumbai, and obviously the other day he got 73 off 33,” Katich said during the press conference.
By the virtue of the victory, RCB inches closer to seal a spot in the IPL 2020 playoffs. The Bangalore franchise have now firmly struck their spot in the third place.