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

Rampant de Villiers waylays Deccan


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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  • sanjai 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.

  • Slick 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.

  • Mike 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.

  • Claude on May 7, 2012, 10:39 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Shayesh 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.

  • 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...

  • N 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.

  • Shayesh 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.

  • Samapth 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...

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