Dubai: For the second time AB de Villiers showed again his class. With a half-century fourth of the IPL 2020 to help Royal Challengers Bangalore gain victory from RR. De Villiers played an unbeaten 55 off just 22 balls as RCB beat RR by seven wickets in end over,leading RCB to 12 points in the points table.
When de Villiers came RCB needed 76 in 6.5 overs. Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli, who had added 79 runs for the second wicket got pavillion in succession. With 54 needed off , AB de Villiers brought out the big shots and RCB’s favour by smacking left-arm quick Jaydev Unadkat for 25 runs in an over. On the other end Gurkeerat Mann, playing his first match of the seasons.
Steve Smith and Jos Buttler added 57 runs for the fourth wicket. Smith kept RR going and got some much-needed runs under his belt after out of Buttler. Chahal went for giving 19 runs in his fourth spell he overstepped twice. Smith eventually battled for 57 off 26 balls but Tewatia’s 19 off 11 balls lifted RR to 177/6.
In reply, Finch smoked a couple of sixes but was removed shortly after by leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal. Padikkal and Kohli batted cautiously even though the asking rate remained on the higher side. The pair added a vital partnership before a tired Padikkal holed out in the deep. Next ball, RR were over the moon when Tewatia picked up a stunning catch in the deep to send back RCB skipper Kohli, but their joy was short-lived as another de Villiers special saw his side through.