Royal Challengers Bangalore 171 for 5 (de Villiers 75*, Patidar 31, Harshal 2-37) beat Delhi Capitals 170 for 4 (Pant 58*, Hetmyer 53*) by one run
The superman from South Africa, AB de Villiers delivered yet again with the bat to help RCB reclaim the top position on the points table on Tuesday. Riding on AB de Villiers’ game-changing 75-run knock, RCB posted 171 against DC at the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer took the game till the very last ball but fell short of one run in the end. Very rarely you see Rishabh Pant staying till the end couldn't finish the game. Nevertheless, nobody was more disappointed than Rishabh Pant himself.
On that note, let’s talk about three major talking points in the game:
When everyone fails, AB de Villiers stands up:
RCB have played 6 games so far and Ab de Villiers has already turned up with match-winning performances on three occasions. On Tuesday, at Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium, de Villiers showed his class one more time against Delhi Capitals.
At 60 for 3 in 8.3 overs, RCB could have suffered another collapse like the last game had AB de Villiers not stepped to the occasion and compiled a 75-run knock off 42 balls. He stitched a 54-run partnership with Rajat Patidar for the fourth wicket. While boundaries weren’t easy to score, the duo made sure they keep taking the singles and doubles to not allow Delhi to put pressure on them. At the same time, they were also vigilant enough to hit the ball balls for boundaries.
Knowing that RCB don’t have anyone down the order to finish the innings strongly, AB de Villiers didn’t take the attacking route until the 15 overs. AB de Villiers had scored 28 runs off 22 balls till then. After that, he made sure he scores at least one boundary in an over and stays till the end.