Appanna deserves man of the match: De Villiers

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Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 11:51 [IST]
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Appanna deserves award: AB de Villiers

Jaipur, Apr 24: Royal Challengers Bangalore's AB de Villiers shared his man of the match award with the youngster KP Appanna, as his magical spell spun things around to register a hattrick of wins for RCB in Jaipur on Monday.

AB deVilliers' magnificent 59 off 23 balls was the key to post a target of 190, but the South African's gesture was commendable as he shared the award with his team mate KP Appanna.

"I had a good game, I enjoyed my batting. I'd like to hand over this award to the man who took four wickets, KP Appanna. I haven't done this before. It's a team game," de Villiers said.

"He (Appanna) took four wickets and it doesn't happen everytime... that should be the Man-of-the-Match award," said de Villiers.

The left-arm spinner gave credit to the batsmen for scoring 189/3 off 20 overs on a track which was not considered to be an easy one.

"On this track, getting to 190 was a great effort, and I got some turn from the track," Appanna said.

While RCB skipper Vettori was pleased with Appanna's performance.

"He has come back after playing in one match and offers us a lot more options. Today he has showed what he is capable of," Vettori said.

"The way Zak ( Zaheer Khan), Vinay (Kumar) and Harshal Patel bowled, was a confidence booster for the side."

He also stressed on the fact that the tournament is still wide open as these are the early days of the tournament.

"It's an exciting tournament. Pretty much every team still has a chance, so we need to keep winning."


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