Bangalore, May 6: What a stunning knock it was from AB de Villiers. His 17-ball 47 not out secured a five-wicket victory for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Deccan Chargers in Game 50 of IPL 5 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday night.
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It was unbelievable batting by De Villiers. The way he destroyed his compatriot and world's best fast bowler Dale Steyn was the highlight of this outstanding game. With RCB almost heading towards defeat, De Villiers changed that in a space of six balls where he ransacked Steyn for 23 runs in the 18th over. RCB chased down 182 with five wickets down finishing 185/5 in 18.5 overs.
RCB batsmen scored 68 runs in final 3.3 overs of the match. That is awesome batting! RCB are fifth in the table with 11 points from 11 games. DC are last with five points from 11 matches.
RCB needed 39 runs off the final 18 balls and they won with seven balls to spare. You can imagine how brilliant was De Villiers' batting. De Villiers smashed Steyn for two sixes, two fours, one double and a single in that game-changing over. De Villiers finished with five fours and three sixes with a brilliant strike rate of 276.47.
De Villiers and Syed Mohammad's unfinished sixth wicket partnership was 42 run in just 11 balls. And Mohammad's contribution to this was just the winning hit, a boundary. He faced just that one ball and had the privilege to score the winning runs.
Earlier, it was opener Tillakaratne Dilshan who set the tone with an attacking 71. Chris Gayle made 26 off 22. Gayle completed 100 sixes in IPL, the first man to achieve the feat. Mayan Agarwal scored a six-ball 18 in the middle of the innings. Captain Virat Kohli failed, making nine off nine balls.
Deccan Chargers Innings Report
Shikhar Dhawan, Daniel Harris and Cameron White powered Deccan Chargers to 181/2 in 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Deccan made a brisk start with openers Harris and Dhawan. That platform was well utilised by the number three batsman White after Harris was run out for 47. White smashed a 24-ball 45 with two fours and three sixes.
White and Dhawan plundered 82 runs for the second wicket in just 7.2 overs. The first wicket partnership yielded 86 in 11.5 overs. After White's departure, skipper Kumar Sangakkara played a cameo of three-ball 10 not out with one four and a six. Sangakkara finished the innings with a six off Prashanth Parameswaran.
Harris made a 41-ball 47 with two fours and four sixes. Left-hander Dhawan was the topscorer with 73 not out off 52 balls with 10 fours and a six.
For RCB, Muttiah Muralitharan was exceptional. Even though he did not have anything to show in the wickets column, he bowled a miserly spell of 0/18 in four overs. Other bowlers went for plenty. Parameswaran was the only bowler to take a wicket, that too in the final over. The other one was a run out, thanks to a brilliant fielding by captain Virat Kohli.
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field first against Deccan Chargers.
RCB have left out their struggling skipper Daniel Vettori and Kohli is leading today. Muttiah Muralitharan takes Vettori's place. There is also Tillakaratne Dislhan for Andrew McDonald. In all, RCB have made five changes.
KP Appanna, Vinay Kumar and Saurabh Tiwary are also out. Left-arm spinner Syed Mohammad, Abhimanyu Mithun and Prashanth Parameswaran have made it to the XI. Left-arm paceman Parameswaran was signed a few days back for the injured S Aravind.
Chris Gayle needs one six for complete a century of sixes in IPL history. RCB fans will have to wait for some time to see that happen. The battle between Gayle and Dale Steyn is an exciting prospect later.
Deccan are playing Daniel Harris in place of Daniel Christian. Ankit Sharma and Abhishek Jhunjhunwala are also out. Anand Rajan and Akshath Reddy are preferred. Australian right-hander Harris is a qualified doctor. The 32-year-old plays for South Australia.
RCB go into their home match after two successive losses. First, they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens followed by a defeat to Kings XI Punjab here. Deccan are also coming after being defeated by Chennai Super Kings in Chennai.
At the moment, RCB are seventh in the points table with 9 points form 10 games. DC are last with 5 points from 10 matches.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Syed Mohammad, Prashanth Parameswaran, AB de Villiers (wicketkeeper), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Zaheer Khan, Abhimanyu Mithun, Muttiah Muralitharan, Asad Pathan.
Deccan Chargers: Kumar Sangakkara (captain), Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), Shikhar Dhawan, Cameron White, Ashish Reddy, Amit Mishra, Daniel Harris, Dale Steyn, Veer Pratap Singh, Anand Rajan, Akshath Reddy.
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and Bruce Oxenford (Australia)
Third Umpire: Aleem Dar (Pakistan)
Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)