Bangalore, May 7: What is the secret behind South Africa batsman AB de Villiers' demolition of his compatriot Dale Steyn on Sunday night? Well, the batsman has revealed that he overhead a conversation between Steyn and his captain Kumar Sangakkara which helped him plan better for that over.
De Villiers launched an unbelievable attack on Steyn in the 18th over. He smashed the world's best fast bowler for 23 runs which included two sixes and two fours. That turned the match in Royal Challengers Bangalore's favour and they won the contest by five wickets over Deccan Chargers at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
De Villiers remained unbeaten on 47 off 17 balls as RCB chased down 182 with seven balls to spare. Steyn was expected to bring Deccan back into the game but he was upstaged by his countryman.
“Luckily I heard Sangakkara communicating to Steyn to bowl short of length at me, and I maneuvered my stroke accordingly. From then on I knew Dale would bowl fuller and played my strokes in anticipation,” De Villiers said.
“However, Steyn is a world class player and could have knocked me over at any moment, but it wasn't quite the night tailored for him. It was my night and I did it to perfection,” he added.
The wicketkeeper-batsman said he had planned well before arriving at the crease.
“I would like to be a guy who can adjust to different situations. I read the situation and knew we had to score 80-odd runs off 48 balls and I played accordingly. My gameplan paid off tonight,” the right-handed batsman said.
He knows that it is still a long way to go before the team qualifies for the play-offs of IPL 5.
“It is not over yet, we have a long way to go. This win has given us the required momentum, but we have to play some good cricket in the upcoming games. We still have to work on our bowling, fielding and batting,” he said.
Talking about Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, he said: “Murali is probably the most valuable player in the IPL. He is a great man to have in the squad. He keeps our attitudes positive whether he is playing or not and that's a great quality in him. I learnt many things from him.”