Royal Challenger Banglore’s star batsman AB De Villiers hit top gear, obliging the crowd that kept chanting his name, as his unbeaten 90 off 39 balls negated Delhi Daredevils’ gains made at the midpoint and sealed a six-wicket win in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday.
Daredevils got to 174/5 and then plucked two early wickets, which included Quinton de Kock, before Virat Kohli’s side fought back.
RCB eventually coasted to 176/4 in 18 overs to clinch their second victory of IPL 2018. Daredevils saw the game slip away due to De Villiers’ free-scoring, the South African hitting the winning four to remain 90 not out (39 b, 10×4, 5×6).
Speaking to batting coach Gary Kirsten after the game, ABD said: “I didn’t decide to be aggressive (from ball 1) to be honest. I did want to put the spinner under some pressure with the new ball as there was some turn with the new ball. I didn’t want to get out to the slip in a soft way, so I thought of trying and transferring some pressure on the spinner. And from there on it just kept going. I kept feeling good at the wicket and kept seeing the ball well. Never decided to be aggressive, just little moments in the game I felt I needed to capitalize on.”
Tweets came pouring down in praise of Mr. 360 from all across the world and popular South Indian actress Parvatii Nair also joined the ABD fan club. She took to the micro-blogging site and posted a special message for the star of the night, AB de Villiers.
“AB.. What a player u r! A delight for the eyes and spirit as always. You deserve this win man! #RCBvDD #ABD @ABdeVilliers17 #IPL2018”, she tweeted.
— Parvati (@paro_nair) April 21, 2018
Parvatii Nair got trained as a software professional while pursuing a career in modelling. She has appeared in a number of commercials and won titles such as “Miss Karnataka” and “Miss Navy Queen” in 2010.