Kohli - De Villiers led RCB to victory
- Author: Leroy Wright May 18, 2018,
May 18, 2018, 10:56
For all money it looked like Hales, who is now exclusively focusing on one-day cricket, had creamed the ball over the boundary to notch his third six of the match, but de Villiers produced a fine piece of skill to not only stop the ball from going over the rope, but also caught the ball to dismiss may of a huge crowd, and especially Virat Kohli.
De Villiers was equally efficient with the bat for RCB against SRH as he and Moeen Ali put together a 107-run partnership for the third wicket. They have managed to score just 61 and 113 runs, respectively, in the seven matches they have played. However, the SunRisers duo was not giving up, dealing in fours and sixes.
Sandeep Lamichhane and Abhishek Sharma were the two new players and they made their T20 debut with Delhi Daredevils against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Both innings were important for RCB but it wouldn't be wrong to say that it was largely Moeen's effort that blew over the clouds of apprehension.
The nail biting match saw the Bengaluru bowlers bowling well in final overs to help their team to victory. Roy scored 12 runs where Shaw scored 2 runs only. Kohli was in exceptional touch in both games while Umesh Yadav, who appears to have come a long way as a T20 bowler, made a big impact in the Powerplay against Punjab. The Protea superstar carved 12 fours as part of his blistering knock and one enormous six after dropping down on one knee and launching a Basil Thampi delivery over the roof of Chinnaswamy Stadium to the delight of the crowd. De Grandhomme though, ensured that would not happen.
It was Hyderabad's in-form skipper Kane Williamson (81, 42b, 7x4, 5x6), helpless when his bowlers were being taken to the cleaners, who took the fight to the Bangalore camp after opener Alex Hales had fallen to an incredible catch by AB de Villiers on the mid-wicket fence.
From there on, Kane Williamson entered a fairly unfamiliar territory. The rest of the order still looks shaky, but batsmen like Pandey, Pathan, and Shakib have struck the ball well in the odd match.
Must win for RCB if they want to keep the chants of "Ee Sala Cupu Namde Alive"! Kane Williamson and team won the toss and opt to bowl. In the last game, he came up and shouldered the responsibility.
Kane Williamson 81 (42) and Manish Pandey 62 (38) nearly managed to tip the game to their side, but Bangalore's bowler managed to hold them back even in the death overs.