It was a superb knock from the blade of AB de Villiers which helped Royal Challengers Bangalore finally come back to winning ways after suffering two defeats in the IPL 2018.
Mr 360 was at his phenomenal best and made a feast of the competitive target set by the Delhi Daredevils on Saturday night. The South African batsman remained unbeaten on 90 off just 39 deliveries which were studded with ten fours and five sixes.
It was a scintillating display of batsmanship by the arguably the best batsman of the modern generation. He smashed the Delhi bowlers all around the park and made batting look ridiculously easy. Chasing a total of 175 to win, Bangalore lost two wickets early.
However, the duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers started resurrecting the chase. They looked in pretty good touch and shared a 62-run stand before Kohli got dismissed, courtesy a sensational catch from Trent Boult.
From there on, it was all de Villiers who took it upon himself to finish the deal for Bangalore. He was at his imperious best and kept smashing boundaries at will.
Eventually, Bangalore chased the total of 176 down with two full overs to spare. English women’s cricketer, Alexandra Hartley took to her twitter handle to enquire that is there a better partnership in world cricket than Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer helped Delhi post 174 on the board
Earlier, it was some wonderful batting performance by youngsters Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer which eventually propelled Delhi to a competitive score of 174 in their allotted 20 overs. Delhi got off the worst possible start losing their skipper early.
Gambhir’s opening partner, Jason Roy also looked totally out of sorts. He wasn’t able to find the gaps and got dismissed after making merely five runs off 16 deliveries. It also didn’t allow Delhi to get off to a reasonable start.
It was a brilliant partnership by Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant which got Delhi right back into the game. Iyer was the one who started of smashing the flurry of boundaries. It also allowed Pant to get himself going.
Iyer looked in fluent touch during his brilliant knock of 52 off 31 deliveries. However, the late impetus was provided by southpaw Rishabh Pant.