Bangalore v Deccan, IPL 2012, Bangalore May 6, 2012

Rampant de Villiers waylays Deccan

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 185 for 5 (Dilshan 71, de Villiers 47*) beat Deccan Chargers 181 for 2 (Dhawan 73*, Harris 47, White 45) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Last year it was Chris Gayle for Royal Challengers Bangalore, this year it's AB de Villiers. Another fiery, match-winning hand from him transformed the game in a matter of two overs, revived Royal Challengers' campaign, left Deccan Chargers shell-shocked and entertained the home crowd. Chargers clearly had the upper hand when Tillakaratne Dilshan fell after a half-century, their relatively inexperienced bowling attack punching above its weight. But de Villiers brought them down to earth and reserved special treatment for his South Africa team-mate Dale Steyn in a game-changing 18th over.

Dilshan's 71 had put Royal Challengers on track in a big chase but his wicket, in the 16th over, was one of three in quick succession - a stutter that helped Chargers sneak ahead. But Mayank Agarwal showed plenty of fight, thrashing Veer Pratap Singh and Ashish Reddy, both medium-pacers, for sixes to keep his team in the hunt. De Villiers' subsequent onslaught snatched the game away from Chargers.

The visitors brought back Steyn in the 18th over, with 39 needed, and he erred by dropping short first up, to be dispatched for six over deep midwicket. A slower one was slogged past wide long-on, and an attempt at a yorker went awry as it served up as a full length ball that de Villiers hammered over extra cover for a flat six by making room. If brute power lay behind those shots, the icing was the scoop past short fine. Twenty-three came off that over. With 16 still needed off two overs, five balls was all it took to finish things off. Anand Rajan was thrashed over extra cover and down the ground, before being launched over the deep-midwicket boundary. J Syed Mohammad was given the strike to score the winning runs, and he didn't waste the chance. It was the only ball he faced in a stand worth 42, off 11 balls.

The platform for a successful chase was laid by Dilshan, who was by far the more dominant opening partner and made up for Chris Gayle's subdued stay at the other end. He played a busy innings, cut the ball well, used the scoop, swept frequently and promptly dealt with long hops. He charged out to Veer Pratap to smash him for six over extra cover and a swept four off Reddy underlined his confidence. The stand grew more threatening for Chargers when Gayle began to open up, swinging Amit Mishra and Rajan for sixes, but his fall in the 11th over triggered a slide.

Mishra flighted the ball generously and got what he planned for, thanks to Steyn's expert catching in the deep that accounted for captain Virat Kohli and Asad Pathan. When Dilshan was bowled, 65 were needed off 28 and Chargers could be spared to think they were in the ascendancy. De Villiers had other ideas, and inflicted a brutal punishment that scarred them further in their disappointing campaign, not allowing them a moment of security in a rarely-reached position of control.

That performance consigned Shikhar Dhawan's third half-century this IPL, opener Daniel Harris' impressive contribution at the top and Cameron White's powerful cameo at the end of the innings - each playing an important role in taking Chargers to 181 - to a passing mention in Royal Challengers' outstanding comeback.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY sanjai007 on | May 9, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    AB can play any role. He can be play at top of d order and anchor d innings. He can also finish the game so wel. He can be bat at 3,4,5,or 6 n he s willing to do watever d team s needed. Look at his rankings 2 in odi and 2 in test. Itz for 3 yearz he s in the top 3 batsman. Remembr he bats at middle order n any othr batsman higher dan his rankings are openers. You are the greatest player ever ab.

  • POSTED BY MrSlickJerk on | May 8, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    @Integrity1 Tendulkar is not a finisher. He is an opener. He has provided quick starts on many occasions when needed. He failed some times but who doesn't. AB and Kallis are top class players; Klusner and Bevan were great finishers but it will be stupid to compare Tendulkar with them in a attempt to belittle him. I think Kallis is an unmatchable player, so was Lara and so are Ponting and Tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY Integrity1 on | May 7, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    @ karn. Tendulkar has the highest number of runs in WC's as a by product of him having played in so many. Please could you remind us all how Tendulkar faired in the 2003 and 2007 World Cup finals? You know, when the pressure is really on...Let me answer that for you. In 2003, he scored 4 runs. In 2011, he scored 18 runs. Great finisher right? Please save the superlatives for the De Villiers, Kluseners and Bevans. Take your patha wickets and arguments somewhere else. Perhaps a place where you can be surrounded by Tendulkar sycophants.

  • POSTED BY hackelbury on | May 7, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    @soumyas. Great Comment! He was and will always be a team player.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    I THINK CAPTAIN SNAGAKKARA NEVER REALISED POTENTIAL OF BOWLER SUDHINDRA. TP SUDHINDRA WAS THE HIGHEST WICKET TAKER WITH ECONOMICAL RATE IN RANJI TROPY. HE IS A BOWLER WHO CAN BOWL AT A SPEED OF 145KM. He got one chance in IPL 5, he got 1 wicket of F Du Plesis in his first over ie inning's 8th over. He ceded runs as 8, 10, 12 and 17 in his four overs. But one bad inning doesnt make him a bad bowler. One bad inning can come to Z Khan or Steyn also. Sudhindra may not be Steyn or Khan bu I feelt certainly better than Gony, Rajan, Reddy or Pratap (at least looking at figures in Ranji Trophy). Just getting wickets to these bowlers in the slog dont make better bowlers. After four matches played by every other bowlers they are having strike rate of more than 22 balls and economy rate is above 8 runs.

    By not giving opportunity to players who performed best at Ranji level mean, they are deprived of to exhibit at this eye catching level. Hope will be rectified in remaining matches.

  • POSTED BY skepticaloptimist on | May 7, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    @waheed1233 - I can't help but to snatch my hair at your comment. Tendulkar can't handle pressure? Highest number of runs in WCs, at a 50 plus average, and he can't handle pressure. 44+ avg while chasing as an opener, and he can't handle pressure. By your rationale, no non-finishers can handle pressure. And because Bradman never played time-limited games, he never had the pressure. There we have it: the greatest cricketers of all time would have to MSD and Beven. Now to the point, no doubts ABdV's finish was one of the great heists we've seen, but c'mon, just to show his class, do you really have to belittle another legend. Regarding Kohli, he certainly has the potential to do it, as do Munaf Patel and Kemar Roach... It's pointless to waste brain on what could have happened. At the end of the ABdV pulled off one of best finishes of our time.

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | May 7, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    when AB was hitting steyn so well, he din't loose his mind...last ball he took single to keep strike and keep tail enders safe, otherwise he cud have easily made 28 runs of the over instead of 23...and again he left winnings runs for mohammed, he cud have easily scorred 50. that shows how gr8 team players he is, any other player like kohli,raina,sachin,saurav wud have scored 50 by hitting winning boundary of last ball. which shows he isn't bothered abt personal milestones but only team wins...

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | May 7, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    A lot of good creative captions on the stadium scoreboard yesterday, but they missed this one - "Steyn remover". ha ha. What a knock. AB is clearly the best batsman in the world in the shorter formats of the game.

  • POSTED BY skepticaloptimist on | May 7, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    @shrastogi - You know what's funny? Only the better teams and players get luckier. Why doesn't Deccan get lucky? One can argue that CSK's win against RCB and DC was luck; RCB one because of THAT Kohli over; DC one, because of a freaky run-out of Dhawan's. Or even better, in last year's qualifier, when CSK chased down 100 in last seven, that was also luck. Was it? To an extent, but can you take it away from CSK? No. They were the team that hung in and got "luckier" whatever the heck that's supposed to mean. Similarly, Mumbai have had three last ball chases, but in all cases, quality individuals have bailed them out from mess. I reiterate: better teams and players always get luckier.

  • POSTED BY sampi72 on | May 7, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    @jonathanjosephs..You are saying Malinga found some form..Malinga is always in form for IPL and he is always out of form for his country....It is a permanant formula mate...We all know the secrat of this formula...@ Jayantjain 9500..After the yday display of Dilshan U r saying Kholi & Dilshan are struggling..U r kidding mate..Dilshan has scorded 2 half centuries within his 4 match..You can not expect much performance than this from a player who is always in and out from the playing X1.So please do not put into dilshan to the kholis category...I must say Dilshan & Murali are too good to be dropped from palying eleven...AB you are awasome...No doubt you are the best batsman in the world...

  • POSTED BY sanjai007 on | May 9, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    AB can play any role. He can be play at top of d order and anchor d innings. He can also finish the game so wel. He can be bat at 3,4,5,or 6 n he s willing to do watever d team s needed. Look at his rankings 2 in odi and 2 in test. Itz for 3 yearz he s in the top 3 batsman. Remembr he bats at middle order n any othr batsman higher dan his rankings are openers. You are the greatest player ever ab.

  • POSTED BY MrSlickJerk on | May 8, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    @Integrity1 Tendulkar is not a finisher. He is an opener. He has provided quick starts on many occasions when needed. He failed some times but who doesn't. AB and Kallis are top class players; Klusner and Bevan were great finishers but it will be stupid to compare Tendulkar with them in a attempt to belittle him. I think Kallis is an unmatchable player, so was Lara and so are Ponting and Tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY Integrity1 on | May 7, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    @ karn. Tendulkar has the highest number of runs in WC's as a by product of him having played in so many. Please could you remind us all how Tendulkar faired in the 2003 and 2007 World Cup finals? You know, when the pressure is really on...Let me answer that for you. In 2003, he scored 4 runs. In 2011, he scored 18 runs. Great finisher right? Please save the superlatives for the De Villiers, Kluseners and Bevans. Take your patha wickets and arguments somewhere else. Perhaps a place where you can be surrounded by Tendulkar sycophants.

  • POSTED BY hackelbury on | May 7, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    @soumyas. Great Comment! He was and will always be a team player.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    I THINK CAPTAIN SNAGAKKARA NEVER REALISED POTENTIAL OF BOWLER SUDHINDRA. TP SUDHINDRA WAS THE HIGHEST WICKET TAKER WITH ECONOMICAL RATE IN RANJI TROPY. HE IS A BOWLER WHO CAN BOWL AT A SPEED OF 145KM. He got one chance in IPL 5, he got 1 wicket of F Du Plesis in his first over ie inning's 8th over. He ceded runs as 8, 10, 12 and 17 in his four overs. But one bad inning doesnt make him a bad bowler. One bad inning can come to Z Khan or Steyn also. Sudhindra may not be Steyn or Khan bu I feelt certainly better than Gony, Rajan, Reddy or Pratap (at least looking at figures in Ranji Trophy). Just getting wickets to these bowlers in the slog dont make better bowlers. After four matches played by every other bowlers they are having strike rate of more than 22 balls and economy rate is above 8 runs.

    By not giving opportunity to players who performed best at Ranji level mean, they are deprived of to exhibit at this eye catching level. Hope will be rectified in remaining matches.

  • POSTED BY skepticaloptimist on | May 7, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    @waheed1233 - I can't help but to snatch my hair at your comment. Tendulkar can't handle pressure? Highest number of runs in WCs, at a 50 plus average, and he can't handle pressure. 44+ avg while chasing as an opener, and he can't handle pressure. By your rationale, no non-finishers can handle pressure. And because Bradman never played time-limited games, he never had the pressure. There we have it: the greatest cricketers of all time would have to MSD and Beven. Now to the point, no doubts ABdV's finish was one of the great heists we've seen, but c'mon, just to show his class, do you really have to belittle another legend. Regarding Kohli, he certainly has the potential to do it, as do Munaf Patel and Kemar Roach... It's pointless to waste brain on what could have happened. At the end of the ABdV pulled off one of best finishes of our time.

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | May 7, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    when AB was hitting steyn so well, he din't loose his mind...last ball he took single to keep strike and keep tail enders safe, otherwise he cud have easily made 28 runs of the over instead of 23...and again he left winnings runs for mohammed, he cud have easily scorred 50. that shows how gr8 team players he is, any other player like kohli,raina,sachin,saurav wud have scored 50 by hitting winning boundary of last ball. which shows he isn't bothered abt personal milestones but only team wins...

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | May 7, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    A lot of good creative captions on the stadium scoreboard yesterday, but they missed this one - "Steyn remover". ha ha. What a knock. AB is clearly the best batsman in the world in the shorter formats of the game.

  • POSTED BY skepticaloptimist on | May 7, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    @shrastogi - You know what's funny? Only the better teams and players get luckier. Why doesn't Deccan get lucky? One can argue that CSK's win against RCB and DC was luck; RCB one because of THAT Kohli over; DC one, because of a freaky run-out of Dhawan's. Or even better, in last year's qualifier, when CSK chased down 100 in last seven, that was also luck. Was it? To an extent, but can you take it away from CSK? No. They were the team that hung in and got "luckier" whatever the heck that's supposed to mean. Similarly, Mumbai have had three last ball chases, but in all cases, quality individuals have bailed them out from mess. I reiterate: better teams and players always get luckier.

  • POSTED BY sampi72 on | May 7, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    @jonathanjosephs..You are saying Malinga found some form..Malinga is always in form for IPL and he is always out of form for his country....It is a permanant formula mate...We all know the secrat of this formula...@ Jayantjain 9500..After the yday display of Dilshan U r saying Kholi & Dilshan are struggling..U r kidding mate..Dilshan has scorded 2 half centuries within his 4 match..You can not expect much performance than this from a player who is always in and out from the playing X1.So please do not put into dilshan to the kholis category...I must say Dilshan & Murali are too good to be dropped from palying eleven...AB you are awasome...No doubt you are the best batsman in the world...

  • POSTED BY waheed1233 on | May 7, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    What an innings! People comparing Sachin and AB, its logical to compare between them...no doubt about Sachin's class, but over and over Sachin has proved himslef to be a player who just cant take pressure...today he also proved that he could not cross the line for his team, needed a Smith brilliance to win......but on the other hand, AB kept his cool and hit all the great shots a batsman cud ever play and eventually crossed the line by himself for his team...such is the difference between these two......people saying kohli cud have done the same as what AB did today, if kohli cud do this, he wud have done it this match...but he cudn't, coz he never can......

  • POSTED BY Integrity1 on | May 7, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    @ brainofcricket: One innings would never show the mettle of a true cricketer....you got to prove it over a period of time which Kallis has done better than Tendulkar...So, before you could comment anything please check the stats.... Better average, more wickets, more catches. I agree that AB played a blinder...but we need to respect the legends and accept that Tendulkar is a mortal in comparison to Kallis.

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | May 7, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    that 18th over is one of the best actions we have witnessed in ipl chases. we know AB devilliers is a big match player in any part of the world but facing steyn in his peak form and dominating him, grabbing the match which was runnin away...just unbelievable! except for the first ball which was a bit short there was nothing wrong with the rest of the over. congrats AB!!!!

  • POSTED BY PerfectTen on | May 7, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Right out of the top draw from AB! Cool as a cucumber!!I have seen people staying cool when either they have nothing to lose or everything's in control. But this guy is made of a different material. There was a steely resolve to turn the situation on its head. We have seen 'finishers' building on a solid foundation and at times, fighting off the wobbles to help the team cross the line. But, here is a legend-in making who knows to win from impossible situations created by not-so solid foundations and more than faltering middle order. There's been a lot of talk comparing him with SRT. This guy is a genuine match winner. Full Stop.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    I wish to see styne in Action.. :)

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | May 7, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    AB can hit ANY BALL to the ANY CORNER of the Ground. he is the only one who can do it, most talented of all, the way he took on best bowler Steyn was breath taking. the one he hit over cover for six of steyn was gr8, it was pitched right in the block hole wud have ripped stumps apart, most batsmen wud have given their wicket to that ball or defended it. but he managed to pull an amazing shot of that.

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | May 7, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    With Sunday's results Chargers certainly wont qualify and it would now be a severe test of character for CSK. Mumbai have been riding their luck winning three last ball finishes. RCB did well to play Murali which I think made a difference of 10-15 runs. So did Malinga for MI. The last over by Malinga cost 4 runs with last two balls being dot ball wickets. Hilfenhaus conceded 16. So it was Malinga again, who is Mumbai's most valuable player, which made all the difference. Mumbai must hope that these last ball finishes dont average out. So DD, KKR & MI (with their luck) have separated themselves from crowd. Chargers and PWI wouldnt qualify. The rest are fighting for one/two places.

  • POSTED BY anantxv on | May 7, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    this is awesome stuff from AB, just beyond comparison of any sort. as sidhu told it is "a great day of cricket in history of ipl". hail Smith hail AB hail Dilshan.

  • POSTED BY brainofcricket on | May 7, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    @Anothercricketfan : One innings would never show the mettle of a true cricketer....you got to prove it over a period of time which sachin has done...So, before you could comment anything please check the stats.... I agree that AB played a blinder...but we need to respect the legends and as an audience it solely rest on us.

  • POSTED BY sandy_bangalore on | May 7, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Someone said below that "kohli can do waht de villiers did today". LOL. Kohli is half the batsman that de villiers is, and is yet to prove himself abroad. The 100s in australia were in hobart and adelaide(2 of the flattest pitches ever). And Malinga is a one-trick pony, and if he dosent get that one trick right, even the likes of saini and mandeep can hammer him. Steyn is by far the best playing today!!

  • POSTED BY harshthakor on | May 7, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    A.B. Devillier's knock was the finest I saw in this year's IPl.He simply battered the attack with the impact of a rocket taking of.Rarely have I seen such effective improvisation and skill in a finish.What looked like certain defeat was converted into an effortless victory.

  • POSTED BY donfighters on | May 7, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    @sahiju cr scoring a furious 40 doesnt make any player great. even today ajit agarkar has worlds fastest fifity but he does nor exceed SRT in any way. similarly abd even cant be compared to THE EVER GREAT SRT.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    @sohel_ahmed: I advise you go talk to malinga. He will enlighten you about a certain virat kohli.

  • POSTED BY skepticaloptimist on | May 7, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Many congrats to RCB and AB. Whaddaplaya!

    @AnotherCricketfan - I don't see the point. Sachin's name has only been used three times in this entire comments section; that, certainly, is not everywhere. And a comparison between Sachin's innings and AB's isn't made anywhere. One comment said, he's the "next big thing" after Sachin, which I only see as a compliment. I, too, am not making a comparison between the two, but c'mon you're comparing Steyn and Akhtar in a totally different context. I'm a huge Akhtar fan, and I maintain, an Akhtar in his prime was as good a bowler who has held a cricket ball. This is a RCB post, so I'll refrain from digressing.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    @anish swaminathan. Why do you have to bring sachin into this? He is a legend, no doubt but this was all about AB. If you want to talk about sachin, go comment on the previous match.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | May 7, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    The IPL is famous for giving people form, taking away people's form, and keeping people's form. In this year's edition, I can see clearly three examples of all those. Kohli has lost his form, AB has kept his form, and Sehwag has found some form. This could be either good or bad for cricket. I remember where the first IPL unexpectedly gave Sanath Jayasuriya some amazing form that kept him playing for another year. Vaas found form 2 years back but was not included in the WC Squad. Seems like Malinga has found some form after a topsy turvy tour in Australia

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    Surely AB dV must bat at 3? Dilshan, Gayle, AB d V then Kohli. That will be insane.

  • POSTED BY bindassguy on | May 7, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    SACHIN > AB (PERIOD ) , ANY ONE COMPARING AB WITH SACHIN ID INSANE

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | May 6, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    Vettori is no t20 player. He is the weak link. Get rid-off him and buy somebody like Morne or de Lange or best of them all - Steyn. Vettori is simply a waste of space for the 4th international player place.

  • POSTED BY AnotherCricketFan on | May 6, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    I don't know when the Indians will stop putting Sachin everywhere. Sachin even in his hay-days could not have done what AB did today. Though that can not be validated the sheer power and cricket acumen (with that scoop and a single) showed today by AB was awesome. Incredible innings (period).

    The closest comparison can be his thrashing of Akthar (not a smart/clever bowler like Steyn) in World Cup 2003 in SA. Even that 98 will be overshadowed by the awesome hitting today.

  • POSTED BY kishore_4DC on | May 6, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    what a batting AB !!! One of the best hitters in the game, hit Steyn today. Can't take cover when this happens !! DC did well to get a good score, however they could have some more runs given the wickets on hand. Anyway, it's a waste even if DC wins, rather a team like RCB with world class players make progess, so that we can get some good matches. what a line up - Gayle, Dilshan, AB D.... everyone is a match winner... On the other hand if there is a best charity team award, DC would unanimoulsy win it, contributing generously to other teams wins.... I doubt if White, Steyn will be in DC team next yr, reason they are performing well.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    this was 1odd performance where AB looked like god not everyday u can bat like dat it was his day no doubt but cricket is a gr8 leveller

  • POSTED BY British-Bangali on | May 6, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    No one talks about vittori I think he's wasted as a overseas player make Virat kohli captain (He wants it Sooooooo bad you could see it in he's evil smile) get a quality pace bowler like steyne and you'll have a more balance team and not rely only on batting.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    @Anish Swaminath, ABD next big thing after SRT???? Oh u r kidding mate !! have u seen how ABD turned the match around??? have u ever seen SRT doing that?? he never did that !! temperament makes the difference dude !!! ABD has the guts..

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    Sohel_ahmed i witnessed a certain indian player by the name virat kohli decimate one of the best death bowlers in the modern game , lasith malinga in australia not so long ago. So what you are saying is pretty absurd because if there's anyone who can do what devilliers did today its that man Kohli.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Absolutely Brilliant. I might never see this kind of carnage in any format of cricket match. A fast yorker of styen over extra cover for six is the best shot I have ever seen. What a player de Villiars is... Every single shot in whichever manner he tries he doesnot miss as single shot... he is extraordinary...........

  • POSTED BY jayantjain9500 on | May 6, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    All teams should take note - Kohli and Dilshan are struggling, Gayle is more interested in Orange Cap so that he can get highest bid in next year auction. So the best strategy against RCB is not to take too many wickets, so that AB doesn't get opportunity for his heroics.

  • POSTED BY ZiggyMarley on | May 6, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Surely AB dV must bat at 3? Dilshan, Gayle, AB d V then Kohli. That will be insane.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    Abraham Benjamin DeVilliers...the next big thing in cricket after Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar...!

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    @Sohel_ahmed Yuvraj has done that, Dhoni also does it from time to time.(I am not their fan btw) Your assumptions only apply to IPL I hope not int'l cricket.

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | May 6, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    Gayle just gave 6 runs of and over, why didn't Kohli give another over to him ? why he went 4 overs of parameshwaran ? again Vinay kumar is much better than Mithun and parameshwaran. Syed mohammed cud have bowled another over too instead mithun.kohli missed few tricks in feilding settings too,but lucky to win becuze AB fired at right time...

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    It was Dilshan who gave the start.He is great to watch when he is on song .... Not forrgetting,AB De Villier's Monkey cricket was in deed scintillating to watch ...

    Let's hope the RCB sticks to the same squad for the future ....

  • POSTED BY awesomemantra on | May 6, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    Good batting from both sides especially Dilshan & de Villiers . Very competitive match !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    When the game started I said to myself the young meaty DC sheep is being fed to hungry lions. That's what happened. One thing is clear now: Steyn may be an excellent start bowler but definitely not a good death bowler and he never bowls a good spell in a winning situation. Now the table looks the way it was expected: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore in the top five. DC will have to really fight to avoid the last place. The only chance DC has of winning a game is against Kings XI.

  • POSTED BY Sohel_ahmed on | May 6, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    You know this kind of game changing innings can never be played by an Indian player.Hitting Dale Steyn like this can only happen in an Indian player's dream,not on the field.AB you're some player and i can only guess what Mr.Ganguly would do in a situation like this.

  • POSTED BY Emancipator007 on | May 6, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    This is what I said on my post on Pune losing all 4 recent chases.Overseas bats (ABD,Smith,Morkel,Hodge,Peterson) and Indians (Chawla,Rayudu,Rohit)are winning impossible situations in slog overs/last over for their teams with bludgeoning, exhilarating stroekplay,gaining IMP points.PWI sadly had to bank on a geriatric captain(who has been performing his primary role as a 40 year-old skipper of marshaling his resources to keep opp to manageable/chaseable totals with aplomb) to win matches as a batter.This seemed an IMPOSSIBLE chase with Steyn to bowl 2 overs as also what Smith did in last over against a rated bowler Hilfy.Luck matters in T20 tournament glories which Ganguly lacks with none of his overseas bats or Indians(dismal failure Robin) winning matches singlehandedly. Highly motivated to excel ABD(wants to be rated a Test legend as he has blossomed very late despite early start Amla along with Steyn,Philander (esp) will swing fortunes SA's way against Eng in upcoming Test series.

  • POSTED BY Slesh on | May 6, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    This is why i said earlier for DC to INCLUDE Theron to the team..!!! No matter even u get 250 u must have good bowlers to defend it.specialy in death.if steyn has a single bad over, thats all over for them..hmm No use now... :(

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    AB The beauty of batting.

  • POSTED BY gkannuchamy on | May 6, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    When AB de Villiers was sending the balls soaring into the Bangaluru sky, the fiery batsman had a rare audience; his running partner Syed who stood at the other end just speechless with his personal score 'zero'. The match was over soon with a 50-run partnership for the sixth wicket with de Villiers's individual score reading 47 n.o. Now I know why half the world glued to TV watching IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Today's 2 matches showed who is the best batsmen in the world: A. B. de Villiers Followed by S. R. Tendulkar. Rest of them like R. G. Sharma and Kohli need to do a lot more. A. B. Rocks!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    a b you beauty....best knock so far in this ipl

  • POSTED BY isurufdo247 on | May 6, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    what a knock by ab. dilshan also played brilliantly.......murali was good as usual.......

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Absolutely Freak. I might never see this kind of carnage in any format of cricket match. A fast yorker of styen over extra cover for six is the best shot I have ever seen.

  • POSTED BY Ibra95 on | May 6, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Like always, the overseas player do it all!!!AB you beuty!!!

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | May 6, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    What amazing hitting from AB, great to watch. But why does he always come in at 5 or 6? He's one of the best batsmen in the world and isn't facing enough balls. Today he only got 17... not many people can score 47 off those 17 balls but it seems insane to waste him this way. Send him in at 3 or 4 and give him more time to build a huge total. Noone can fire in every innings especially if they are always coming in when the game seems lost.

  • POSTED BY bindassguy on | May 6, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    sachin the great ! why ? He showed us today , and also well played smith . Go mumbai indians ! Go sachin !

  • POSTED BY Sriim on | May 6, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Whoa!! Partnership of 38 off 10 balls and One batsman has not faced a ball... Is it not enuf to showcase the other's brilliance... Breathtaking 47 off 17 balls by AB... 145kph bouncer from Steyn, NO FUSS, Pull over midwicket... 149 kph Yorker on middle stump, NO PROBLEM, make room, Six over extracover... Reverse scoop, Conventional scoop, cover drive.... What a man!! Luv u AB.....

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    one of the best match to much.it's right this happens only in movies..hats off to the de vil..congrats..

  • POSTED BY ramps_wi on | May 6, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    absolute carnage from AB, treating his country man like that, RCB please spend money on bowlers!!!! then haviing to chase scores like these will not be required, no team will be able to beat RCb, all the matches lost so far was because of poor bowling

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    AB was just too awesome...

  • POSTED BY siri1234 on | May 6, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    oh my god wat a performance from great murali.he has shown time and again wat he is capable of yet rcb management prefers to sit him on bench.hopefully they will not do that after today and the victory would not hav been possible without tillakratne dilshan.so both the srilankans contributed nearly 80 percent for rcb win and both should play in all the remaining matches of rcb.by the way i will be happy if abdv gets captaincy as kohli is not performing and well may be another vettori to sit out while captaining lol

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  • POSTED BY siri1234 on | May 6, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    oh my god wat a performance from great murali.he has shown time and again wat he is capable of yet rcb management prefers to sit him on bench.hopefully they will not do that after today and the victory would not hav been possible without tillakratne dilshan.so both the srilankans contributed nearly 80 percent for rcb win and both should play in all the remaining matches of rcb.by the way i will be happy if abdv gets captaincy as kohli is not performing and well may be another vettori to sit out while captaining lol

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    AB was just too awesome...

  • POSTED BY ramps_wi on | May 6, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    absolute carnage from AB, treating his country man like that, RCB please spend money on bowlers!!!! then haviing to chase scores like these will not be required, no team will be able to beat RCb, all the matches lost so far was because of poor bowling

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    one of the best match to much.it's right this happens only in movies..hats off to the de vil..congrats..

  • POSTED BY Sriim on | May 6, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Whoa!! Partnership of 38 off 10 balls and One batsman has not faced a ball... Is it not enuf to showcase the other's brilliance... Breathtaking 47 off 17 balls by AB... 145kph bouncer from Steyn, NO FUSS, Pull over midwicket... 149 kph Yorker on middle stump, NO PROBLEM, make room, Six over extracover... Reverse scoop, Conventional scoop, cover drive.... What a man!! Luv u AB.....

  • POSTED BY bindassguy on | May 6, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    sachin the great ! why ? He showed us today , and also well played smith . Go mumbai indians ! Go sachin !

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | May 6, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    What amazing hitting from AB, great to watch. But why does he always come in at 5 or 6? He's one of the best batsmen in the world and isn't facing enough balls. Today he only got 17... not many people can score 47 off those 17 balls but it seems insane to waste him this way. Send him in at 3 or 4 and give him more time to build a huge total. Noone can fire in every innings especially if they are always coming in when the game seems lost.

  • POSTED BY Ibra95 on | May 6, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Like always, the overseas player do it all!!!AB you beuty!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Absolutely Freak. I might never see this kind of carnage in any format of cricket match. A fast yorker of styen over extra cover for six is the best shot I have ever seen.

  • POSTED BY isurufdo247 on | May 6, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    what a knock by ab. dilshan also played brilliantly.......murali was good as usual.......