IPL 2014: AB de Villiers slams manic 89 to give RCB stunning victory

Irfan Pathan bowled a tight final over but with only 4 needed, Bangalore would not be denied. After the match was over, the ever-gracious Steyn went over and shared a hug with his international team-mate.

Tariq Engineer May 05, 2014 08:06:20 IST
IPL 2014: AB de Villiers slams manic 89 to give RCB stunning victory

Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets with one ball to spare.

Toss: Virat Kohli won the toss and put Sunrisers Hyderabad in to bat.

Sunrisers Hyderabad 155/6 (Warner 61, Dhawan 37, Starc 2-21)

A belligerent half-century from David Warner, who took his time to get going, rescued Sunrisers after a slow start. Having been asked to bat first, Sunrisers lost two early wickets on a pitch where the ball wasn’t quite coming on to the bat. A vicious Mitchell Starc bouncer had Aaron Finch fending to the keeper while KL Rahul could not repeat his heroics from their last match, slashing a short and wide delivery from Ashok Dinda to Chris Gayle at first slip.

IPL 2014 AB de Villiers slams manic 89 to give RCB stunning victory

There was no stopping AB de Villiers on this night. BCCI

Shikhar Dhawan and Warner then knuckled down to rebuild the innings. Both batsmen scored at roughly a run-a-ball in an 62-run partnership before Dhawan fell trying to up the scoring rate. A wayward Varun Aaron and a struggling Ashok Dinda leaked a few runs but boundaries were in short supply for most of the innings.

Darren Sammy and Naman Ojha managed a couple of sixes between them but neither hung around it was left to Warner to carry his side. He reached his 50 with a blistering straight six off Dinda and then helped himself to another one over long-on as 16 came from the 18th over.

There was no big finish though SRH could only manage 15 from the final two overs, with Starc producing a spectacular final over in which he conceded just six runs. Starc went yorker, yorker, bouncer, yorker, the last of which knocked over Warner’s middle stump to complete a wonderful spell of bowling.

Royal Challengers Bangalore 158/6 (De Villiers 89*, Sharma 3-17, Kumar 2-16)

When Yuvraj Singh fell in the 15th over, RCB need 61 runs from 33 balls and it looked like SRH would ruin Bangalore's home coming. AB de Villiers was the only recognised batsman left and Dale Steyn and Bhuvneshwar Kumar still had three overs to bowl between them. None of this mattered to De Villiers. With the crowd chanting “ABD, ABD”, he tore into the Sunrisers bowling.

Darren Sammy was slammed for two sixes and a four as 19 runs came from the 16th over. That reduced the equation to 40 from 4 overs. Steyn returned and the runs dried up momentarily. Three came from the 17th over as Steyn bowled it wide outside off to keep ABD quiet. Bhuvneshwar Kumar followed suit, but De Villiers turned to the reverse-sweep to pick up a crucial boundary. Still 28 were needed from the last 2 overs and Steyn had the ball.

That’s when all hell broke loose. De Villiers treated Steyn like a no-name net bowler. He pulled, drove and scooped the world’s best fast bowler for three sixes to turn the match on its head.

Irfan Pathan bowled a tight final over but with only 4 needed, Bangalore would not be denied. After the match was over, the ever-gracious Steyn went over and shared a hug with his international team-mate.

De Villiers finished with 89 from 41 balls and ruined a good night’s work from Karan Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The pair combined to take 5 for 33 from 8 overs as RCB slumped early. Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced a seam bowling master-class, moving the ball both ways, as he removed Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli in the second over, the latter for a duck. Chris Gayle struck a couple of sixes but was out-witted by Sharma, who also picked up the wickets of Rilee Rossouw and Yuvraj. That’s when the game turned into the ABD show

Turning Point: Bangalore needed 37 from three overs. Dale Steyn had conceded just three runs in his previous over. Sunrisers appeared to have the advantage. Except AB de Villiers was lurking. Steyn’s first delivery, an offcutter, was swung over square-leg. The next one was full and slapped back over Steyn’s head and over the rope. Two singles later, De Villiers lofted Steyn to wide long-off for four. Then came the most audacious shot of all – a scoop over third man from one knee that sailed into the crowd. It moved even Steyn to applaud and it effectively sealed the game for Bangalore.

Man of the Match: AB de Villiers

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