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  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 5, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    @Albert_campbell: At least they are better than Pakistani batsmen who are walking wickets. Except Misbah, nobody knows how to bat in Pakistani team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    ab came from the out of planet..watching his batting is the most beautiful things in cricet <3

  • POSTED BY HennopsRiverEnd on | May 5, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Better batsman between AB and MSD...?! This should be a no-brainer. Dhoni a good batsman in his own right but AB is a class apart.

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | May 5, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    I think time to "rest" Steyn and Sammy. Neither is providing anything and are proving too pricey in terms of price and nothing at all in cricketing terms. Time to bring on Pervez Rasool. Why is he still on the bench?

  • POSTED BY eng_mdkhan on | May 5, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    SRH fans rest assured: The team composition is very good and it is only the execution that has faltered at times. Nobody can predict what a batsman like AB will do and that is exactly what happened last night we should feel fortunate to have watched it live. SRH were easily 15-20 runs short and it showed. Although I myself follow SRH keenly I do not have any doubt with regards to their success. I am sure they can easily make the last four but they should be more tactful to convert these close matches into wins. I feel they are lagging behind tactically, some homework needs to be done by the coaching staff. Mr. Srikkanth and Co. will not do any good just sitting there and cheering the team they have professionals to do that, its time they put their mouths where their money is or else make way for people who can do better.

  • POSTED BY eng_mdkhan on | May 5, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    AB's stats and ranking speak for themselves nothing more needs to be said. I always felt that Steyn is slightly overrated although arguably he is one of the best of all times. It was a shame that Shikhar Dhawan did not mention Bhuvi in the same breath he praised the leggie. It was disappointing because Bhuvi does not have the same rating and unanimous touting as the best bowler in the side which Steyn enjoys yet day in and day out he puts in sterling performances for SRH. I believe that Bhuvi is far more stronger mentally than Steyn and the way he adjusts his line and length through the course of six balls is commendable to say the least. If I were captain I would definitely save one over from him in such situations. Another thing I notice in such onslaughts is that captains do not slow down the game a wee bit to break the pattern, although I am not entirely sure the outcome would have changed but it gives your bowler much needed respite. A little tactical conference perhaps next time?

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | May 5, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Finally AB showed his real class as batsman, in this year's IPL for RCB !!!!! Though the target was only 156, it was a tight finish in the end !!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    trashing Steyn is so damn easy for Abd and msd

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | May 5, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Regardless of the fact RC won the game which I was not supportive of, all this talk about Dhoni being better than ABD is sheer rubbish. De Villiers is a class apart from any player in current cricket world I can think of. I have been watching cricket since MAK Pataudi, Clive Lloyd, Kanhai, GR Vishwanath days and have watched a lot of cricket. Some of the purists might not like ABD shot selection particularly in T20, but his class is apparent even here, when he makes even those shots almost risk free and at times against laws of physics. Dhoni is a power hitter at times but comparing with ABD is ridiculous. However effective Dhoni is , he is not too pleasing to watch, he certainly is no Kallicharan, Vishwanath or Lara and of course not ABD either. It is not just the number of paintings one does, but how the artistry is shown in each of them that is important - A true and original Bangalorean.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    Those r saying that yesterday Steyn just bowled middle stump half volleys to Ab may also reckon it otherwise that he went deep in the crease to make the yorkers to hittable. another fact is really surprising that some people also rating De Villiers as just a freak t20 (and IPL) specialist on flat top, probably it'd be better to take a look at his test career, he's the current icc no 1 (virat no 10) Test batsman too. Avg in test in India 53.14, (HS in India: 217 in Ahmadabad, 2010) and avg in England is 54.50 (HS in Eng 174 in Leeds, 2008) one can clearly see the contrast and the skill, guys do u remember that match saving 33 (220) (246 min at crease on the 5th day of a test match: at Adelaide (2012) with Faf, and the 169 in Perth in the next test), in the last series vs Aus his 91 at fast-bouncy centurion have to be one of the best (Mitch Johnson's got 17.1-1-68-7 in it), or that 5th day 103 in Jo'burg vs India (2013) with faf again, or even the 164 vs Pakistan in Dubai (His HS in test

  • POSTED BY hanumanthchavala on | May 5, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    once upon a time afridi hits ball very well consistently but no w where is he he lost his test place and some times in odis also

  • POSTED BY Marcel_Ci on | May 5, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    on basis on IPL innings ppl start telling that AB is world's no. 1 batsman..... how ridicuolous..... Afridi is the one who is said to be Internationally no. 1 in the world.

  • POSTED BY mjrvasu on | May 5, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    SRH will continue to flounder under Dhawan. Change captaincy to Sammy before it is far too late in the tourney.

  • POSTED BY VinayakVk on | May 5, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    Mumbai indians lost a match here chansing 154 last time around, so stating no team ever lost chasing a score of 156 or less is wrong i guess

  • POSTED BY hanumanthchavala on | May 5, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    every talking about abd and msd but u forget dhawan capt he is under using pathan again if bhuvi better bowler than pathan why is he bowling continuous 3over spell, like styne 2overs spell is enough and go for irfan in middle overs if u dont have believe on him and naman ojha usage he is top-order batsman he can score fast and build innings better than rahul if just one over left to styne and bhuvi compl spell 19 over must be pathan but again mistake he has to back one over for bhuvi when you use bowler like pathan under and he is underestimate pathan he ha confidance in him

  • POSTED BY hanumanthchavala on | May 5, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    ajmal comp with ashwin ho my god how can you comp him with ajmal the best test and odi spinners in all time he doesnt played single match in his home country all matches are around the world ecom good plenty of wk in test even on unsupported pitches like aus,eng,nz both are debut in same year nearly, see stats and records aswins best in odi(3-35) t20i(3-24), tests all 5wicket halls in india that to most spinning pitch(ojha, swann, panesar bowled better than him but eng win series in india after 28 yrs under dhoni ash only) but ajmal 5wk halls in overseas thats the spin magic even allrounder jadeja has 5wk hall in overseas where is ashwin

  • POSTED BY sreehk on | May 5, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Poor SRH! Pity Steyn and Bhuvi. How many times do you expect them to delivery and take care of the dirty work done left by their batsmen and other bowlers. Simple fact is that SRH will never find batting balance simply because they have not bought enough resources. Unbelievably they have not even bought Indian batsmen. But it is ironic that they are also not able to find bowling balance. Ishant, Irfan, Mishra have all been in and out of the side in 6 matches indicating an unsettled bowling unit, for a bowling strong side. Pathetic work by the auction team and yes Dhawan is not captain material. Steyn should have been the captain. For a SRH fan it is excruciating pain to see them breathe for life every match. Wish they had two quality batsmen and captain, yes they can only wish now. The buyers at the auction table are solely responsible for this not the team!

  • POSTED BY Machu.mac on | May 5, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    I want to see like this Innings from MSD ,as MSD can do it if he thinks,beacuse in last year Champions trohphy he hits 63 in 19 Ballls which include 8 Huge Sixes....

  • POSTED BY hanumanthchavala on | May 5, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    just becoz of one player the team cant win the tournaments and series remember that proved when dhoni makes century in last 3odi pak series in india, and century against aus also loses for india he is only scorer but he survive india no thats why dont go blindly just becoz of one player the team never win tournments

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | May 5, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    @Romanticstud: The Rankings tell the truth. Look at ABD's stats, he hardly performs constitently in T20. 1 good innings in 10 tries.

  • POSTED BY hanumanthchavala on | May 5, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    ABD is not a finisher but he is world's no.1 middle order batsmen 2hattric centuries in odis those are in overseas in aus, eng no doubt he no.1 in test format no one can blame him in tests our indias span of staying crease in aus,nz,eng,wi is 1hr for a batsmen yeh its true stats

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    @krishna i thnk u r not a crk lover u r just a pure indian team fan ...i can bet if today ashwin bowls well u will say he is better than saeed ajmal bcz he is a pak player...even i m an indian but i love crk ...give credit where it is due

  • POSTED BY hanumanthchavala on | May 5, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    @romanticstud all are suddenly takes controversery for rankings when kirsten as a coach india no.1 in ODI and test and can you tell me where now india stays by the way i am indian true indian cricket lover

  • POSTED BY krishna_IND on | May 5, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    @ANDROID_USER OMG you have taken me in completely wrong way. Yes I do accept he is the best batsmen even kohli comes after him which is clear that he is standing in top 3 since several years in icc rankings.What I said is he is not a consistent finisher.Let me be more clear you may miss understand again he is a kind of batsmen who will do his job and leave it to his next batsmen to finish the game.There is where MSD and kohli is ahead of him.This is what i meant to say-how an idiot one should be to say ABD is not consistent.Yes i accept abd has huge variations that dhoni lacks, that's why he is not consistent finisher cause he will get out by playing those shots.I don't want to dis-respect them by comparing their batting abilities they all are best in their own ways.I love to say that the combination of ABD & MSD will be the most dangerous and destructive(combination of power,improvisation,temperment).

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    @krishna_ind my advice to u plzzz do not comment if u do not have any knowledge of crk...abd is inconsistent ??...lol...after playing nearly 100 test matches look at his average which is 50+...u better watch CHOTTA BHEEM ....abd is superb whether it is test odi or t20 & dhoni can hit 20+ runs to a medium pacer like bhatia or pareraa ....

  • POSTED BY SREENGP on | May 5, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    We witnessed one of the best T20 innings and there can be no doubt about that. But there are quite a few factors which needs to be highlighted here. The whole world knows that ABD is an excellent improviser and his reflexes are extremely high that he might have two to three strokes for each ball in a T20 game. Despite knowing this fully well, the Sunrisers literally gifted the match to ABD. First culprit was Ishant Sharma. Its time we, Indians conclude that this guy can never learn and can never use his intelligence. He just gifted some easy length and short balls which any TOM DICK AND HARRY will whack it over the boundary. The Second Culprit was Dale Steyn himself. He bowled an over to ABD at around 143ks average in which only three runs were scored. In the second, only god knows why he chose to start with a slower one when sheer pace and outside off line was working well for steyn and in fact Bhuvi had used that well in the previous over. Steyn just gifted three balls&match

  • POSTED BY hanumanthchavala on | May 5, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    okay man come to test is dhoni better than devilliers? call entire world people for debate. how many times he rescue india in tests and how many times he batted well in overseas like aus,eng,nz,wi. with 2days left 5wk gone thats also in aus against pace he rescued his team twice, how many times he doing for india in tests. in last year entire aus,eng test series dhoni neverstayed more tha 1hour thats his stamina

  • POSTED BY SachinLara1 on | May 5, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    ABD is a great player but steyn did give him halfvolleys... poor bowling from such a class bowler.

  • POSTED BY Dragonboyz on | May 5, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    I dont want comparison between ABD and Dhoni. Both are class but people bashing Dhoni that he is not a good finisher outside subcontinent has to take some memory test. Dhoni won the celkon tri series finals that happened in West Indies single handedly in a tough pitch against accurate Sri lankan attack, even in CB series because of his finishing prowess we won 2 games, In England 5 match one day series we were batting first in all the 5 games and had a an avg of more than 45. He didnt do well in SA and NZ recently but our top order didnt perform at all then how could you expect him to win the game. Criticizing him that he never performed outside the subcontinent is not at all acceptable. ABD is class but never performed in the big matches. Let him do that. Atleast Dhoni performed some big matches that happened in sub continent. Did ABD performed against Pakistan in England WC semi T 20, WC 2007 semifinals against Australia, 2011 WC in India( he got run out but could have said no)

  • POSTED BY hanumanthchavala on | May 5, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    hello mr. krishna_ind as position of that match we are in easy position to win but dhoni takes that match to last over and malinga missed 2 runouts through his hands even he tied match r u forget that movment shame, after match ending former cricketers told even tailenders can end match with win before last over see match again r just go throu paper. just say in wt20 dhoni faced 9 balls 4 runs in csk last match he faced 11 and score 33 why he is not playing like that in T20I

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    @tapsyturvey let me know one thing how many times batsmen hi styne over 15 in one over in all formats including tests? we can count on fingers, but we can count atleast 1/3 games, did you forget match aginast rr last over 8runs to faulknar just 2 balls those also first balls is he good and did you forget 70di series against aus in india how many runs he gived and in sa 2nd odi devilliers innings what bhuvi doing him and test matches what did he do just based on t20 format skills never be compare in longer formats like odi, test our indian bowlers worst than worst based on bloody leagues performance.

  • POSTED BY krishna_IND on | May 5, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    @ALBERT_CAMBELL Is there any rule written in ICC books that you have to win matches outside SC? Even I can mention some, one against aus in cb series and drew a match against srilanka facing malinga in final over, one in WI against SL that too in finals which your team and fans never knows how tough it is. But I didn't see AB playing such kind of innings.Dhoni won us WC staying there till the end.You may say it is in SC,But we know how crucial and tough it is.I will rate him as a best finisher cause he is so calm under pressure and will do things consistently and mainly don't take risks by improvising cheeky shots which is secret behind his success, that's why AB is not equally successful in international career.Even if you feel AB is best,then so be it- AB is your hero and MSD is my hero.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    All dhoni fans are gelious about sammy, ABD, Gayle when they played better than dhoni last time wt20 unforgettable hitting from sammy what dhoni did in wt20 final in his 9 balls. and also he is no scoring atleast 30quick runs to india like his csk. can anybody tell how many times he batted really well in T20I and test cricket he never wins india in wt20 after old players remember that all the players setted platform for lower order but when dhoni comes he takes it to final over and over action takes place in cb series against malinga dhoni tied ODI as with that fault if he out its very difficult for bowlers to take he ate balls and fire at last 2 overs in last overs malinga can hit sixes better than dhoni as he is not out as dhoni

  • POSTED BY Romanticstud on | May 5, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    ICC Rankings are a Joke ... AB is tops in all cricket ... Steyn is the best bowler in the world ... but South Africa get dismantled off the top Test spot because of an adjustment ... The same type that was made for them to drop from No. 1 to No. 3 in ODIs a few years back ... we need a proper ranking system ...

  • POSTED BY crazii_premii on | May 5, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    well said Albert_cambell!! and ABD

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    just ignore krishana_Ind. I think he s the only one saying abd is not consistent batsman in the world.. this kind of sick attitude I hate to the core.. if some one is doing great just sit and enjoy if possible just encourage him .. don't keep comparing dhoni is best kohli is best... I rarely see dhoni winning matches like this that to outside Asian pitches its a rare thing for dhoni.. abd has huge variations that dhoni lacks... just accept fact nd move on..

  • POSTED BY India_boy on | May 5, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    I am an Indian but I'm going to name my son AB de Sharma! This guy is a superman!

  • POSTED BY topsyturvy on | May 5, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Very poor stuff from Steyn, was probably intimidated by AB. But Bhuvi was too good, hats off to him. Very soon he will be better than steyn who is overrated.

  • POSTED BY Yousufahmed1 on | May 5, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    @ ALBERT_CAMBELL Your paper legends have 4 100s outside SC after playing 122 test matches and you question Indian players ability to play short ball. What a joke. And when was the last time ABD finished a game for SA. Dhoni has done it in AUS and he also finished the match in WI against your mediocre bowling. LOL.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | May 5, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    Format - T20, supposedly a joke.

    Tournament - IPL, supposedly a circus.

    Ground - Indian Flat Track, supposedly short boundaries.

    Opponent - Off peak home bowler, known in an out.

    In these circumstances, ABD wins ONE match and becomes the best finisher in the world !!!

    If so then well played ABD for finally helping his team win a match.

    The question is, when will you begin to do this in an international match of importance? Rem WT20 2014 SF? Rem ICC-CT 2013 SF? Rem WC 2011 QF?

    To put this in perspective, Virat Kohli got 2, not just 1, fabulous 100s (52b & 62b) vs Mitch-At-His-Peak, chasing targets of 350+.

    To summarise, the key diff between ABD and Kohli is that while the former is good too, the latter is too good.

  • POSTED BY neo-galactico on | May 5, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    Uhm... This AB is the best finisher in the world is nonsense. AB isn't and has never been a finisher. He's definitely the best batsman in the world, and the most adaptable. He can play in just about any match situation but pigeon-holing him as a "finisher" is a great fallacy. He's as destructive as anyone @ the death because of his 360 batting ability but he's not a finisher in the mould of Dhoni, or Bevan or even Hussey.

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | May 5, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    krishna_IND. How many matches did Dhoni win outside the subcontinent? I would hussey and Bevan are the all time best finishers and AB is the current best finisher. The reason is these batsman can win matches anywhere in the world.

  • POSTED BY krishna_IND on | May 5, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    @STARVYBZ you are missing the simple logic, you talked about the unique ability-do what ever he wants with any delivery. That only happens in such a kind of pitches and against a bowler who don't have variations.I never saw him finish this way in any of his international matches,only reason the bowlers will bowl to his mind set.And more over the last time I saw him played like this is in 2012 that too in IPL against steyn and co in the same pitch.And you are comparing about the abilities,which ability does AB have does he have the consistency of kohli,dhoni.In that case no two batsmens will have the same ability, who can hit a six as gayle does a scooop of dilshan.With the kind of skills he is having he can be a hero in an odd day not so regularly last happened in 2012 and now in 2014.Mark my word-With those improvising shots he cant be consistent, if something happens against my word let me know.

  • POSTED BY D-Coach on | May 5, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    So.... Finally D.Styne dose M.Johnson and AB.DeVillers does K.Pollard. With due respect to both batsmen on their respective matches but both bowers not bowlers are not smart at this level. They proved wrong both of their captains at Penultimate over (KxiP vs MI and RCB vs SRH). You are suppose to get smashed at the point of time but not in a manner to kill the match in the same over itself is not doing any great for this so called legendary bowlers. Finally one this is clear as they show their best on responsive conditions.

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | May 5, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    I also think selecting Ishant Sharma was a mistake. Mishra might still have done it. Anyway a fluke win for Royal Challengers (who do not deserve B of RCB) -They will NEVER make it to knock out stage - A True Bangalorean

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    it was near but yet so far for SRH

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    There is no doubt what a dangerous player he can be in any formats of the game. It is hard to deal with a bowler like Steyn, especially in a shorter format of the game, when you have to score more than 20 runs an over. But AB does that with mistake sans accuracy not once but regularly. By saying he shares the dressing room with Steyn and knows his weakness will be belittling AB's ability. So hats of to AB.

  • POSTED BY Starvybz on | May 5, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    ab is the best finisher in the world at the moment no one compares to him because of his unique ability to manipulate a batsman and do whatever he wants with any delivery. I dont care that persons may say that it is the same pitch and its flat just how often do u see steyn being taken for so much. Dhoni might have finished more games than him but he definitely does not have the same ability as ab.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    SRH lost it while batting. They need one more capped indian batsman. They were 20-30 short. Instead of 155/6 they could have been 173/8. Also they need an off spinner and a left arm spinner. Irfan should get a bowl when the ball swings. Also Sammy bowled unlike in previous matches and gave too many runs away. Another aspect is that steyn, ishanth, irfan, sammy, and bhuvi...and two leggies. They need some variety here. Instead of warner and finch both, they should have retained Thisara and got a good India bat.

    Was steyn overconfident? Pollard, AB, Gayle, and Dwayne Smith can be unstoppable. But where was plan A and B for AB?

  • POSTED BY schathuranga on | May 5, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    Steyn is Hero for india.Not for Austrlia/sri lanka and pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Sudhir65 on | May 5, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    With 14 runs of RRR in last 2 overs to win and Steyn bowling the 19th, I thought the RRR for the 20th over would at least be 15 or 16 which Pathan may manage to defend. But alas not to be. This was ABD's day.

    By the way, I request IPL not to play same team song after every wicket or boundary. It is torture to keep hearing the same song.

  • POSTED BY krishna_IND on | May 5, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    @Albert_cambell yesterday ABD played in the most flattest wicket in INDIA (may be in the world) the last time he hit steyn is also in the same pitch.And more over I never saw him finishing so consistently for his team, that's the reason not winning a single worldcup --oh sorry a single KO game in the world tournaments.He is good finisher and batsmen I will accept it he is the best only on his best day, if he does this consistently them come and argue here, until then he cant be compared to MSD especially in finishing abilities.

  • POSTED BY Sudhir65 on | May 5, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    What a great game of cricket. Hats off to AB and hard luck to Steyn. Both quality players who enrich IPL.

  • POSTED BY kris_psk on | May 5, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    Absolutely brilliant batting from AB. Sunrisers should drop Sammy and try Henriques. Also Rasool deservers a chance. Why is Ishant in the team. How many more chances will you give to him. He is failing constantly in every game. Plz drop him and bring Rasool into the team. Adding henriques and rasool will give more strength to bowling. Once again AB you are a SUPER STAR

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    @starhawk ....hardly 1 foreign bwler per team is playing ; so it means only 7-8 foreign bwlers are playing among which 2 are in top 5 ...so it is simple that mostly wkts will be taken by the indian bwlers & regarding batsman list indian batsman are more in numbers than foreign batsman still they are behind...mind it

  • POSTED BY ramrock1000 on | May 5, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    on this format of game no point of keeping team strike bowlers for defending the runs in last overs. whenever need of a wicket they should have to use them earlier. Credit goes to AB.

  • POSTED BY CherryWood_Champion on | May 5, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    So nice to see Kohli praise AB as the best batsmen in the world today. Boards well for the Indian team with his feet firm to the ground.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    I think RCB needs to change their batting line up. Gayle, Kohli, ABD,Yuvraj, Patel and so on.

  • POSTED BY StarHawk on | May 5, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    @ MrCricket0099, why are you cherry picking stats?? If you want to look at stats, look at the bowling stats as well. All of the Top 5 bowlers in the tournament are Indians, and there are 7 Indian bowlers in the Top 10. Why no mention about that?

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | May 5, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    AB is the best finisher in the world. Dhoni can only win matches in flat tracks against medium pacers.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | May 5, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    If a team needs someone to score 90 at 200 strike rate to chase down 156, they are in trouble. RCB really needs to shore up its batting, and shouldn't depend on AB this much in the coming matches. No doubt he is a great player, but his company isn't exactly pedestrian.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 0:47 GMT

    This version of IPL is going against the conventional notions.Indian batsmen are much heralded; but the oversea'ones leading the way, or pulling the chestnut from the fire. Bowling story is just the opposite. Look at the last three overs of the match:

    Steyn with 29 in the 19th, flanked by two Indians, Bhuvi with 9 in 18th and Pathan making the opposition for four balls to get a four!

    I is not only the seamers from India doing well. Look at Chahal whom Deccan found it difficult to get away. And, Karn Sharma not only keeping the run rate down, but getting three important wickets, including Gayle & Yuvi.

    Time to revise conventional notions we have been harbouring for some time!

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 5, 2014, 0:28 GMT

    de Villiers has a bit of an advantage when facing Steyn, having faced him in the nets for countless hours. He would know Steyn's bowling as well or better than anyone, you'd think. Of course, he has another advantage too: he's a frickin awesome batsman.

  • POSTED BY lian_14 on | May 5, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    Johnson 20 odd runs in the 19th over of last match, and Steyn getting smashed in this match in the 19th over... what more is needed to prove that this is a batsmen friendly game, especially in indian conditions.

  • POSTED BY paul_rocks on | May 4, 2014, 23:16 GMT

    Dale Steyn deserves strong criticism, being the strike bowler of the team and then to get knocked for 24 runs in the penultimate over. If this were an Indian bowler we would be castigating him and the captain. Since Steyn is considered fearsome he gets away with this sub par performance. This has happened before in 2012 also when AB cleaned him up and a stiff target became modest. Foreign bowlers are well rewarded in the IPL and they should pull their weight. They can't be held to a different standard. The commentators in the match harped about how many Indians are struggling, however when Steyn gets clobbered not even a peep. Let's call a spade a spade regardless of a player's past reputation.

  • POSTED BY MughalKhurram on | May 4, 2014, 22:39 GMT

    awesome batting by AB he is awesome batsman in the world

  • POSTED BY MrCricket0099 on | May 4, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    If we look on Stats, in top 10 highest run scorers so far, 9 out of 10 have been overseas players. Rahane is the only Indian batsman in top 10. Needless to say if India decided to host a major cricketing league you should at least find some decent players.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 4, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    After RCB's loss to Kings XI, @ Antony_Leighton_555 wrote that the " AB experiment hasn't worked and he needs to go back down to number 6 or 7. Keeping Yuvraj at 6 ahead of AB (floater) is a good option."

    Anthony - after today do you still believe that the "AB experiment" has failed? Should Yuvraj really bat ahead of him? After all, of the RCB batsmen AB has made the highest score (89*,) scored the most runs (162) and has the highest average (54) even though he has batted in one less innings than Yuvi, who for the record, and all the Yuvi haters, has scored the 2nd most runs (135) and has the 2nd highest ave (27.)

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    I don't see yuraj place in the current ipl. I am not sure why they keep selecting him. Why don't the selectors give chance to someone else who might perform better in this day and age.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 4, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    Dropping Albie Morkel was long overdue. Rossouw's IPL debut was much more surprising, and although he scored few runs, he did stop the wickets falling, & shore up the innings from 6/2 after 2 overs to 59/3 after 10. Rotating strike for Gayle to score, providing stability to get AB settled in, & occupying the crease enough to keep Hyderabad's bowlers out of the tail, was critical the outcome. (To his credit, Roussouw would have scored more if Gayle could or would slowly jog more than the occasional single! They are called runs for a reason, Chris!)

    For all of RCB's batting renown, it is a reflection of their inadequacy that by simply occupying the crease, a debutant in alien conditions (08 U19 WC in Malaysia his only experience outside SA) enabled AB to take the game away from Sunrisers. Rossouw did little to earn another chance, but did more than most of the batting order to deserve their places.

    RCB got lucky today. Luck alone won't win them any titles.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 4, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    Wow AB, take a vow!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 4, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    Wow,,, De Villiers can turn a game around on his day.... Sjoe, that was awsome display in batting... Not nr one in world for nothing... Lol

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 4, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    oh.. I love the hypocrisy from the Indian commentators ! Yesterday Pollard was a lacking batsman against the pace of Styne !

    and TODAY , Styne is excellent and the #1 bowler that not may batmen in the world can lay waste to Styne !

    Double standards much ?

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    "It was that kind of shot. It was that kind of innings."

    I am sure these sentences sounded good in your head, but they don't read so well on the final piece.

    BTW, quite sure Steyn wouldn't have been hugging and applauding another country's batsmen, so thanks for the cheese, but it was *that* kind of hug.

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    SRH missed a trick here by getting Yuvi out way too early, if he had been in the crease till the end, AB wudn have got many ooportunities in Strikers end as Yuvi would hve been eating balls there!!

  • POSTED BY Machu.mac on | May 4, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    Still SHIKAR DHAWAN Should learn from VIRAT KOHLI & VIRAT KOHLI Should learn from MS DHONI....

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | May 4, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    @Greatest_Game. Very well said mate. Not only Dhawan. Players like Rahane, Raina, Rohit also have weakness against the short ball. Even Kohli struggles against an accurate short ball.I am afraid they will face utter humiliation in Australia next year if they continue playing these players. Already their No.4 and No.5 spot look vacant in Indias ODI team. Hope India will at least qualify for the quarterfinals next year.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 4, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    last year match repeated thats all same over same styne same abd ..same results nothing change same huge finally ..abd and styn so ithink styn given mach to bng thats all..such world class boweler giving 18 runs in crutiol time its very bad...its sorry fr hyderbad...still fight is there ..bng..kkr..hydrbad .this team fight 4th spote..who will come time will tell..chennai..punjab..rr..all ready top 3

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 4, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    what a great work done by this great bastman i realky enjoying baating

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Steyn is not a good death overs bowler! He has no vairation, no lethal yorker and is predicatble! He should have gone round the wicket to devillers!He is such a moron~ but now the pundits will say Steyn just had a bad day! But true champions deliver during crunch time! Irfan and Kumar bowled intelligently to Devilliers! Steyn's 'sten" did not just fire today!

  • POSTED BY mngc1 on | May 4, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    Fantastic knock by ABV to win the game for RCB. But what was Sammy doing telling Dhawan what to do and Steyn how to bowl the 19th over when things were going Sunrisers way? The game plan fell apart at that critical juncture.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 4, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    steyns death bowling and Dhawans captaincy lost the match for SRH

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | May 4, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    AB is Absolute Beauty. Match was lost much earlier by SRH when they selected one bowler called Ishant Sharma. He can compensate for any number of Steyns and BKumar in the team.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 4, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    AB you beauty !!! That's my boy. What a win for RCB. I am proud to be a supporter of this team. Full of character when the chips are down. No more words to say. Good spirit showed by Steyn at the end. Fellow country man or not, when you being the world's best fast bowler get taken for 20 in one over, it hurts as a professional cricketer always. Still, good character shown by the Sunrisers to take it sportively. What a game !

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 4, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    On cricinfo's commentary page, the little "Sammy vs AB graphic read:: 2 - No. of times Sammy had dismissed AB in five deliveries in all T20s before today, conceded only three runs.

    After AB looted 26 off 8 balls from Sammy, and then took the game away from Sunrisers, they might have thought about changing it?

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | May 4, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    so bowling wide yokers has become a thing now in T20 cricket , Thanks to SL !!

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 4, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Bhuvi Khumar is red hot.

    After his 1st spell, of the full time bowlers (more than 6 overs,) Bhuvi has the season's 2nd most wickets - 10, the 2nd best econ of 5.54, the 4th best ave of 12.7, and the 5th best strike rate of 12.9. He is really performing for Sunrisers!

    Hyderabad have Bhuvi & Steyn to spearhead the quick bowling, so why is Ishant out on the field, again, giving out runs. Let's see Reddy or Milind get a chance. Sammy is floundering, and has not performed, so bring in Holder or Henriques. Something, anything, just not Ishant again. Please.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 4, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Whoa - what a shock!! Shikar Dhawan attacks the short/high bounce ball, mistimes the pull/hook/cut & is caught! Its his regular dismissal, especially by quicker balls that cramp him, & he can't free his arms to generate power. He is teased with this trap every game, & he just can't help taking the bait. Will he ever learn that he has been found out?

    His Sunrisers team mate, Steyn, had spotted this weakness & in SA Dhawan was successfully targeted & trapped by the short ball. New Zealand went at him with the same strategy, and Dhawan's form went downhill so fast he would have won the bobsled in the winter Olympics!!

    He is really talented, with quick hands & great hand/eye coordination. Unfortunately, his ego rules his batting, & he is not quite as quick as he thinks he is In his mind he thinks he can simply smack every short ball out of the park. In reality, he smacks more of them to fielders.

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    Must would be an intersting match wIsh the best team would win who plays best on the day Excited to see steyn and AB switch hits lets se who rocks And who Shocks!!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 4, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    This is the typical srh innings . Losing early wickets - common , continue losing wickets was the sequence but strengthening the scoring during the middle overs has changed the way they play the game

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  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 5, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    @Albert_campbell: At least they are better than Pakistani batsmen who are walking wickets. Except Misbah, nobody knows how to bat in Pakistani team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    ab came from the out of planet..watching his batting is the most beautiful things in cricet <3

  • POSTED BY HennopsRiverEnd on | May 5, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Better batsman between AB and MSD...?! This should be a no-brainer. Dhoni a good batsman in his own right but AB is a class apart.

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | May 5, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    I think time to "rest" Steyn and Sammy. Neither is providing anything and are proving too pricey in terms of price and nothing at all in cricketing terms. Time to bring on Pervez Rasool. Why is he still on the bench?

  • POSTED BY eng_mdkhan on | May 5, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    SRH fans rest assured: The team composition is very good and it is only the execution that has faltered at times. Nobody can predict what a batsman like AB will do and that is exactly what happened last night we should feel fortunate to have watched it live. SRH were easily 15-20 runs short and it showed. Although I myself follow SRH keenly I do not have any doubt with regards to their success. I am sure they can easily make the last four but they should be more tactful to convert these close matches into wins. I feel they are lagging behind tactically, some homework needs to be done by the coaching staff. Mr. Srikkanth and Co. will not do any good just sitting there and cheering the team they have professionals to do that, its time they put their mouths where their money is or else make way for people who can do better.

  • POSTED BY eng_mdkhan on | May 5, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    AB's stats and ranking speak for themselves nothing more needs to be said. I always felt that Steyn is slightly overrated although arguably he is one of the best of all times. It was a shame that Shikhar Dhawan did not mention Bhuvi in the same breath he praised the leggie. It was disappointing because Bhuvi does not have the same rating and unanimous touting as the best bowler in the side which Steyn enjoys yet day in and day out he puts in sterling performances for SRH. I believe that Bhuvi is far more stronger mentally than Steyn and the way he adjusts his line and length through the course of six balls is commendable to say the least. If I were captain I would definitely save one over from him in such situations. Another thing I notice in such onslaughts is that captains do not slow down the game a wee bit to break the pattern, although I am not entirely sure the outcome would have changed but it gives your bowler much needed respite. A little tactical conference perhaps next time?

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | May 5, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Finally AB showed his real class as batsman, in this year's IPL for RCB !!!!! Though the target was only 156, it was a tight finish in the end !!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 5, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    trashing Steyn is so damn easy for Abd and msd

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | May 5, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Regardless of the fact RC won the game which I was not supportive of, all this talk about Dhoni being better than ABD is sheer rubbish. De Villiers is a class apart from any player in current cricket world I can think of. I have been watching cricket since MAK Pataudi, Clive Lloyd, Kanhai, GR Vishwanath days and have watched a lot of cricket. Some of the purists might not like ABD shot selection particularly in T20, but his class is apparent even here, when he makes even those shots almost risk free and at times against laws of physics. Dhoni is a power hitter at times but comparing with ABD is ridiculous. However effective Dhoni is , he is not too pleasing to watch, he certainly is no Kallicharan, Vishwanath or Lara and of course not ABD either. It is not just the number of paintings one does, but how the artistry is shown in each of them that is important - A true and original Bangalorean.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    Those r saying that yesterday Steyn just bowled middle stump half volleys to Ab may also reckon it otherwise that he went deep in the crease to make the yorkers to hittable. another fact is really surprising that some people also rating De Villiers as just a freak t20 (and IPL) specialist on flat top, probably it'd be better to take a look at his test career, he's the current icc no 1 (virat no 10) Test batsman too. Avg in test in India 53.14, (HS in India: 217 in Ahmadabad, 2010) and avg in England is 54.50 (HS in Eng 174 in Leeds, 2008) one can clearly see the contrast and the skill, guys do u remember that match saving 33 (220) (246 min at crease on the 5th day of a test match: at Adelaide (2012) with Faf, and the 169 in Perth in the next test), in the last series vs Aus his 91 at fast-bouncy centurion have to be one of the best (Mitch Johnson's got 17.1-1-68-7 in it), or that 5th day 103 in Jo'burg vs India (2013) with faf again, or even the 164 vs Pakistan in Dubai (His HS in test

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 4, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    This is the typical srh innings . Losing early wickets - common , continue losing wickets was the sequence but strengthening the scoring during the middle overs has changed the way they play the game

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    Must would be an intersting match wIsh the best team would win who plays best on the day Excited to see steyn and AB switch hits lets se who rocks And who Shocks!!

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 4, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Whoa - what a shock!! Shikar Dhawan attacks the short/high bounce ball, mistimes the pull/hook/cut & is caught! Its his regular dismissal, especially by quicker balls that cramp him, & he can't free his arms to generate power. He is teased with this trap every game, & he just can't help taking the bait. Will he ever learn that he has been found out?

    His Sunrisers team mate, Steyn, had spotted this weakness & in SA Dhawan was successfully targeted & trapped by the short ball. New Zealand went at him with the same strategy, and Dhawan's form went downhill so fast he would have won the bobsled in the winter Olympics!!

    He is really talented, with quick hands & great hand/eye coordination. Unfortunately, his ego rules his batting, & he is not quite as quick as he thinks he is In his mind he thinks he can simply smack every short ball out of the park. In reality, he smacks more of them to fielders.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 4, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Bhuvi Khumar is red hot.

    After his 1st spell, of the full time bowlers (more than 6 overs,) Bhuvi has the season's 2nd most wickets - 10, the 2nd best econ of 5.54, the 4th best ave of 12.7, and the 5th best strike rate of 12.9. He is really performing for Sunrisers!

    Hyderabad have Bhuvi & Steyn to spearhead the quick bowling, so why is Ishant out on the field, again, giving out runs. Let's see Reddy or Milind get a chance. Sammy is floundering, and has not performed, so bring in Holder or Henriques. Something, anything, just not Ishant again. Please.

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | May 4, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    so bowling wide yokers has become a thing now in T20 cricket , Thanks to SL !!

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | May 4, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    On cricinfo's commentary page, the little "Sammy vs AB graphic read:: 2 - No. of times Sammy had dismissed AB in five deliveries in all T20s before today, conceded only three runs.

    After AB looted 26 off 8 balls from Sammy, and then took the game away from Sunrisers, they might have thought about changing it?

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 4, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    AB you beauty !!! That's my boy. What a win for RCB. I am proud to be a supporter of this team. Full of character when the chips are down. No more words to say. Good spirit showed by Steyn at the end. Fellow country man or not, when you being the world's best fast bowler get taken for 20 in one over, it hurts as a professional cricketer always. Still, good character shown by the Sunrisers to take it sportively. What a game !

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | May 4, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    AB is Absolute Beauty. Match was lost much earlier by SRH when they selected one bowler called Ishant Sharma. He can compensate for any number of Steyns and BKumar in the team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 4, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    steyns death bowling and Dhawans captaincy lost the match for SRH

  • POSTED BY mngc1 on | May 4, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    Fantastic knock by ABV to win the game for RCB. But what was Sammy doing telling Dhawan what to do and Steyn how to bowl the 19th over when things were going Sunrisers way? The game plan fell apart at that critical juncture.

Royal Challengers v Sunrisers, IPL 2014, Bangalore May 4, 2014

De Villiers blitz downs Sunrisers

The Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy
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Royal Challengers Bangalore 158 for 6 (de Villiers 89*, Karn Sharma 3-17) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 155 for 6 (Warner 61) by four wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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Highlights - AB de Villiers carts Dale Steyn for 23 runs in an over

Royal Challengers Bangalore possess the most power-packed batting line-up in the IPL. They hadn't fired in the UAE leg of the tournament, but now they were back in their natural habitat at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, home to one of the best batting decks and some of the shortest boundaries in the world. At the toss Virat Kohli said his team knew the venue intimately, and he backed his batsmen to chase any target.

On Sunday, against Sunrisers Hyderabad, they had to chase 156. No team chasing 156 or less had ever lost here.

Royal Challengers came close to doing that. They lost Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli in the second over of their innings, and they lost Chris Gayle a little while after. Rilee Rossouw, sent in to bat at 6 for 2 on his IPL debut, was out after scoring 14 off 23. Yuvraj Singh then went for 14 off 16. Royal Challengers needed 61 from 33, and they were sinking.

But they still had AB de Villiers. A de Villiers who was getting down on one knee and launching anything remotely full over the straight boundary. When Yuvraj went, de Villiers was on 33 from 19, and had already struck three sixes.

Two more sixes and a four came off the next over, bowled by Darren Sammy, but Dale Steyn and Bhuvneshwar Kumar pulled things back by conceding just 12 from the 17th and 18th. On came Steyn again, with figures of 0 for 16 in three overs. Royal Challengers needed 28 from 12, and de Villiers was on strike.

The first ball, a slower ball, disappeared over deep square leg. The next went straight over the sightscreen. There are times when a batsman is simply seeing it too well, and there was nothing Steyn could do to stop de Villiers.

Two years ago, de Villiers had taken 23 runs off a Steyn over at the same ground. It became 23 for the over once again when de Villiers walked across his crease and scooped the last ball over the fine leg boundary and into the second tier of the stands.

Steyn applauded. It was that kind of shot. After de Villiers made the winning hit in the next over, swiping Irfan Pathan to the midwicket boundary, Steyn went up to the batsman and embraced him. It was that kind of innings.

Until de Villiers intervened, the match had been short of such typically Bangalorean happenings. After losing two early wickets, Sunrisers took their time to get going, with Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner going at under seven an over during their partnership of 62.

Part of this was down to some tight bowling from the home team, with Yuzvendra Chahal proving particularly hard to get away. He slid the ball across the two left-handers, Dhawan and Warner, took care not to drop the ball into their hitting zones, and bowled a lot of googlies.

Chahal went for 13 in his last over, with Warner finally managing to get him away, but till then, his spell had asked uncomfortable questions of the theory that legspinners can't bowl to left-handers in Twenty20 cricket. Karn Sharma did more of the same when Royal Challengers batted, dismissing Gayle, Rossouw and Yuvraj - three left-handers - while going for just 17 in his four overs. Still, Sunrisers were probably right to have left out Amit Mishra, considering the pitch, the opposition, his own form, and the slower pace at which he bowls.

When Chahal finished his spell, Sunrisers were 106 for 3 after 15. Despite losing Darren Sammy in the next over, they added 49 in the last five, with Warner profiting from a spate of full-tosses from Ashok Dinda in the 18th. It still seemed like they hadn't put enough on the board, considering the venue and their opponents, and in the end Royal Challengers simply had one world-class batsman too many.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo