50th match (N), Bengaluru, May 6 2012, Indian Premier League
(18.5/20 ov, target 182)185/5
RCB won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
player of the match
AB de Villiers
Royal Challengers Bangalore

Phew. That brings us to the end of what should be remembered as the night the world's best fast bowler was blown away. You may not like the Twenty20 format, you might not like the IPL, but there was nothing crass about AB de Villiers' hitting against a great fast bowler. This is Abhishek Purohit signing off. Cheers

AB de Villiers is the Man of the Match. AB: "We needed that win. The commentators spoke about our charity initiative back home, guess that is what motivated me tonight. I was actually quite scared facing him [Steyn], I know him pretty well. It does not happen every day." He was scared? What if he hadn't been?

Virat: "We wanted to win it badly, they bowled well in the middle overs, but when you have AB, anything is possible. That's one of the best finishes I have seen. Hopefully we can continue this momentum and make it to the play-offs."

Sanga: "We made a good score, but we did not get the yorkers in. We needed to bowl good balls and make it difficult for AB, who batted unbelievably well. All you can do is trust your bowlers to do the work for you. Dale has had a great tournament, unfortunately he had a bad over today. You hold and hold until you ultimately win."

RCB needed 62 off 26. Agarwal's cameo gave them the boost, and AB de Villiers was, well, AB de Villiers. It takes some skill to take 23 off a Dale Steyn over. It takes incredible talent and calm to hit a Steyn yorker over extra cover for six, and scoop him from outside off over short fine leg. I cannot think of many batsmen who could have take apart Steyn the way AB did, and none who could have done it so nervelessly

Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers, South Africans, have an embrace, with broad smiles on their faces. It was carnage, while it lasted, but they are done with it, both of them

Chris: "I am the proudest South African on this planet right now!!!"

Farhan: "In contemporary cricket many don't come to mind who can deal with Steyn that way..awesome!!"

Ran Vijay: "He should be renamed as "A B Delivers"!!!"

Dr Roshan: "Are you kidding me? I went to the kitchen to raid some late night snacks and they scored 68 runs in 3.3 overs while I was gone !!!!"

Akshay: "never able to hit Steyn like that even in my cricket video game like AB did...!!!"

Max: "I think 'AB' should be considered as a synonym of 'freak'."

Anand to J Syed Mohammad, FOUR runs

that will be it, length ball swung to the deep midwicket boundary to make the Chinnaswamy go wild

Anand to de Villiers, 1 run

pushed to sweeper cover to equal the scores

Anand to de Villiers, SIX runs

short, pull, six, he was a shade late on it, but that did not matter one bit in the end

Anand to de Villiers, FOUR runs

they keep disappearing, it does not matter who bowls, clobbered straight down the ground, you got to feel, for the ball

Anand to de Villiers, FOUR runs

that was Dale Steyn, this is Anand Rajan, and AB de Villiers is in control, down the track, no hint of any desperation, how does he manage it, carves it over extra cover

end of over 1823 runs
RCB: 166/5CRR: 9.22 RRR: 8.00 • Need 16 runs from 12b
AB de Villiers32 (13)
Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad0 (0)
Dale Steyn3-1-30-0
Ashish Reddy4-0-36-1
Steyn to de Villiers, 1 run

and for good measure, he calmly drops a furious short ball to third man to keep the strike

Steyn to de Villiers, FOUR runs

it got better, if it could, he has scooped a 142 kph Dale Steyn length ball from two feet outside off over short fine leg

Steyn to de Villiers, SIX runs

holy moly, incredible, insane, unbelievable, Absolutely Brilliant, it is a 146 kph near-yorker on middle stump, for crying out loud, but AB has made room and clobbered it over extra cover, I refuse to believe it

Steyn to de Villiers, FOUR runs

Steyn tries the slower one, at 118.4 kph, AB clears front leg and slogs it between deep midwicket and long on, no problems again, what have you got, Dale?

Steyn to de Villiers, 2 runs

Steyn's response is a ripping yorker on middle and leg, AB comfortably works it square on the leg side

Steyn to de Villiers, SIX runs

Dale Steyn? short ball? what's the fuss about? AB calmly stays in the crease and pulls Steyn for a flat six over deep midwicket

end of over 1713 runs • 1 wicket
RCB: 143/5CRR: 8.41 RRR: 13.00 • Need 39 runs from 18b
AB de Villiers9 (7)
Ashish Reddy4-0-36-1
Veer Pratap Singh3-0-34-1
Ashish to Agarwal, OUT

that has to be close, and he's been given, Agarwal's cameo is over, but he's given RCB a chance, looking to swing on the leg side, misses, and is hit in front of middle and leg

Mayank Agarwal lbw b Ashish Reddy 18 (9m 6b 1x4 2x6) SR: 300
Ashish to de Villiers, 1 run

hit hard down to long off along the ground

40 off 20, gettable on this pitch, and this small ground

Ashish to Agarwal, 1 run

slower one, wide outside off, he cuts it wide of sweeper cover

Ashish to Agarwal, SIX runs

Agarwal turning it around for RCB, he bends his knee, and carves a pitched up ball high in the air, it carries over the deep extra cover rope, clean effective hitting

Ashish to de Villiers, 1 run
Ashish to de Villiers, FOUR runs

now AB with the reverse hit to a medium-pacer, connects well and places it just wide of backward point