Bangalore, May 7: Royal Challengers Bangalore and their supporters are praising AB de Villiers for the win in Game 50 of IPL 5 on Sunday night, but the South African has credited the success to openers Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan.
RCB defeated Deccan Chargers by five wickets at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. It was De Villiers' unbeaten 17-ball 47 that turned things in the home team's favour during the final overs as they chased 182. Gayle and Dilshan too had played their part with a good opening stand of 91 runs off 64 balls.
“We collapsed a few times in the IPL before. So we needed our openers to build a foundation to launch a blitz right at the end which they did, and luckily I was there in the end to do the job,” De Villiers said.
De Villiers also praised young Mayank Agarwal for scoring quick 18 runs off just 6 balls.
“Some of the players around me played amazing knocks. Mayank, above all, pushed the button by hitting two sixes and a boundary. He took risks even before I did. His knock set the game perfectly for me to finish off,” he added.
A disappointed Deccan captain Sangakkara said: "I thought 181 for two was a good score even if it was tough to defend. We should have wrapped up the game after getting wickets in death overs. We needed to hit yorkers, bowl straight and according to plan. We committed far too many mistakes," he said.