"The match was still even by the 18th over. We had the experience to pull it back. I am happy to have helped the team win and that too at the opening match," de Villiers said after the match.
RCB required 33 from the last three overs with six wickets in hand but they scored the required runs in just 1.4 overs with a array of fours and sixes.
"We started off scratchy but that was expected in the first game of the IPL. It was awesome vibe, the IPL is always nice to play in," said de Villiers who was adjudged man-of-the-match.
He says coach Ray Jennings gave him invaluable advice during the second strategic time-out and that aided his cause. RCB captain Daniel Vettori praised the Nehru Stadium wicket for its bounce and carry.
"It was a good wicket, there was enough bounce there. A good cricket wicket, good for the crowd ... I like bowling on these sort of wickets," said Vettori, asked if he was surprised with such kind of wicket at the sub-continent. "It was a good target though the wicket was good to bat on. We played well to chase it down. de Villiers was fantastic and others also chipped in," he said.
KTK captain Mahela Jayawardene put down his side's loss in their debut match to the failure to hold onto their nerves. "It was a defendable target. I thought we batted well but at the end we were at the losing side," he said. "We took wickets but they kept chasing. We put ourselves under pressure and a couple of overs cost us dear. We tried to take the pace off the ball but it didn't work," he added.