that will be it, length ball swung to the deep midwicket boundary to make the Chinnaswamy go wild
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'."
pushed to sweeper cover to equal the scores
short, pull, six, he was a shade late on it, but that did not matter one bit in the end
they keep disappearing, it does not matter who bowls, clobbered straight down the ground, you got to feel, for the ball
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
and for good measure, he calmly drops a furious short ball to third man to keep the strike
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
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 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's response is a ripping yorker on middle and leg, AB comfortably works it square on the leg side
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
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
hit hard down to long off along the ground
40 off 20, gettable on this pitch, and this small ground
slower one, wide outside off, he cuts it wide of sweeper cover
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
now AB with the reverse hit to a medium-pacer, connects well and places it just wide of backward point
they have more than the required runs for the over, Agarwal has creamed this length ball with the angle wide of deep midwicket
Agarwal gets one away, over long off, not sure he was looking to go that direction as he cleared front leg, and drilled the length ball, bit of a leading edge but he gets maximum for the effort
loses his bat as he charges out, but only after he has hit the length ball to extra cover, lets the bat be and completes the single
ram: "two Surprises today 1. Hilfy's last 3 balls 2. Deccan fielding."