IPL 2017 KXIP vs RCB: RCB lose, but AB de Villiers steals the show
RCB 148/4 (20.0 Ovs), KXIP 150/2 (14.3 Ovs)
Kings XI Punjab won by 8 wkts, the player of the match was Axar Patel
RCB lose but AB de Villiers steals the show. AB de Villiers scored 58 runs off his final 18 deliveries.
The record books will show this Indore masterclass as AB de Villiers’s highest score in an IPL defeat.
Only then, the record books can capture just so much. For illustration, the scorecard wouldn’t have a mention of the Villiers making his comeback to competitive cricket from a spine injury or describe in any sort of detail, how he hit a Mohit Sharma slower one for a six over long off despite losing his balance and getting flummoxed by the bowler’s change of pace. It was an innings like none other yet an innings, if ever played, could have come only off de Villiers’s bat.
De Villiers’s unbeaten 46-ball 89 was a tale of two halves.
De Villiers was thrown into action as early as the end of the first over of the game with Kings XI Punjab’s cleverly-crafted move to open with Axar Patel accounting for Shane Watson.
Ab de Villiers, who had scored 31 off his first 28 deliveries, blitzed 58 off his next 18 to finish with a scary 46-ball unbeaten 89. His innings gave the total respectability but couldn’t quite guarantee victory.
De Villiers reserved his best for the last, bowled by Mohit Sharma. After the first four deliveries brought only two runs, de Villiers shimmied down the track and appeared to be beaten by the change of pace and length, before stopping dead in his tracks and crunching one of the more astonishing sixes of the night. To cap it all off, he sent the final ball off the innings out of the Holkar stadium to give RCB 148 on the board.