and just to prove that he and the coaching manual are still good buds, he essays a picture perfect cover drive to finish the game off.
Right time to pack up. There's a double-header tomorrow as well, starting with Sunrisers Hyderabad v Chennai Super Kings and then peaking with Mumbai Indians v Rasjathan Royals. Hope you'll join us for the shenanigans then. For now, g'night.
AB de Villiers is the Man of the Match. "Some of those nights when I see the ball well, last two innings, I didn't. But tonight it was nice and clear. It buys my time an extra split second to make a decision. When I do get going, I cash in on the momentum. I spoke about being a black mamba earlier. And today I wanted to be that. This is the greatest crowd. But I must say when you get into the zone, you don't really hear much. It's just a buzz."
"These 30 runs are bigger than the 90 odd in the last game. We won. We still have a few areas to correct, but when you have the brilliant AB in the team, he always makes you smile," Virat Kohli says. "We understand our games very well and then he starts going off. And we know if we can get a 60-70 run partnership, we could win the game. Pity I couldn't stay till the end but Corey and Andy did well. [The catch} I was stunned when he took it, that's a brilliant catch, it happens in the IPL specially,. Good to see. That's a catch when you look back, you don't feel bad about getting out. The way we started with the ball was very good, we were spot on until 15 overs. Lot of positives, we can still rectify a few areas. They always support us well here, and we know if the team believes then the crowd also believes. We'll keep pushing hard for them"
Well. That happened. And that's a sentiment the Delhi Daredevils must be very familiar with. RCB's beloved AB de Villiers leads em all off the park. He was at work for 39 balls. He came away with 90 runs - his top score in an IPL chase - facing only five dots faced! That's just genius. And it puts Rishabh Pant's 85, which was a special innings too, on the wrong side of the scorecard. RCB continue to stay true to form. Their bowling leaks runs. Their batting makes up for it.
"He took the game away from us. We were in the game, 175 was a great effort from the batters. The pitch was a bit tacky in the first six overs, Shreyas and Rishabh were unbelievable to tackle it and get us a good score," Gautam Gambhir says. "I thought our spinners could have bowled better to AB. Specially when the left-arm spinner came in there was lot of grip. AB took his chances and dominated from the get go. The best catch I've ever seen. It was his wrong hand as well, Boult's a left-hander, he took it right-handed. I would be lying if I say I wasn't concerned. No one wants ot be in this situation. Hopefully we can turn it around when we get back home. It's tough being on the road nad losing, but that's no excuse. All the teams are pretty clumped together. We just have to push in with them,"
"This is how T20 games go. I played a good knock, but AB was too good," Rishabh Pant says. "Wicket was not so easy, so we thought we'd just concentrate on having a good partnership. Because of the dew, the pitch got better in the second innings. But that's part of the game. Every time you watch someone like Virat and AB bat, you see how easy they make it. I just try to learn from them. It was a new innovation, my scoops behind the wicket."
he goes around the wicket for the bouncer, all with the aim of cramping AB up. But the genius that he is, AB sways away, makes his own room and lifts it over short third man's head
James B: "No sense of theatre whatsoever from Mandeep scoring runs. Has no chill as the youth would say."
fullish on leg stump, turns it through midwicket
short and outside off, AB chops it to point
drops and runs to cover
taps a full toss down the ground and pinches a second run as well. RCB need 10 runs to win now. AB needs 19 for a century
slow, dipping full toss. Mandeep flicks through square leg and steals the strike
Ashwin: "Blindfold ABD, force him to bat left handed and give him a hockey stick instead of a cricket bat and he'll still whack you with a strike rate of 200."
wallops the back of a length ball outside off over mid-off. Roy is the man haring after it, hoping to drag it back, throwing himself head-first at the ball. It's travelled too far, and he might have hurt himself from the effort. He's on his haunches with a crowd around him, talking to Chris Morris and the physio. Roy has gone off the field
nudges the length ball to short midwicket
slower ball becomes a full toss on leg stump. AB taps it down to long leg
Siddhesh: "If the non-millenials say you miss I hit, what do the millenials say?" ----- We go #Boom
RCB need 18 to win, AB needs 20 for the century.
drops the leg cutter at third man
full, slow and sliding down leg. Mandeep tries a flick. Doesn't come off
top-edge sails away to the boundary behind him. Well, that's one way to do it.
shortish and outside off, taps it down to third man
144. 8 kph. And it's good enough to beat Anderson, who is swinging for the fences. Done by pure pace. This is what the non-millenials say you miss, I hit.
both batsmen are at the same end! Anderson races through the moment AB glides the short ball to point. But AB himself is not terribly keen. Then he changes his mind and goes for the run. But wait, by that point Anderson realises he should get back to the non-strikers' end and all of that culminates with both he, AB and the bowler Boult waiting on the fielder. The throw is poor, even Boult can't save its blushes. And so, Anderson has the chance to complete the single he so dearly wanted
low full toss on leg stump, heaves it out to long-on
the perfect wide yorker, with a tinge of away swing to beat Anderson's reach
Anderson's decided I want a slice of this pie. Takes a full toss around waist high and nails it over deep midwicket
he's blocking a full toss - while his partner is belting yorkers. This is just bonkers