AB de Villiers once again. He has taken the RCB to a win with 7 wickets in hand. He hammered 22 balls for 55 runs. Royal Challengers were in deep trouble after Rahul Tewatia had managed to take a catch in the deep and got rid of Virat Kohli, the captain of RCB. RCB suffered the first blow when Aaron Finch tried going after Shreyas Gopal but suffered a set-back due to Rahul Tewatia.
In Dubai, RR posted 177/6. Steve Smith was taken by Chris Morris in the final over for 57. Jos Buttler was also taken by him. Robin Uthappa was taken by Chahal and so was Sanju Samson in deliveries that were back-to-back. Ben Stokes was caught behind by AB de Villiers when he tried to hammer a short one from Chris Morris.
AB de Villiers and Batting:
As mentioned, de Villiers managed to win the match for RCB by a stunning knock of 55 runs of 22 balls. AB de Villiers stated that he gets very nervous and erratic when he has to chase in matches like this. RCB had to make 178 runs and AB de Villiers walked out only after the 13th over when RCB needed 76 from 42 balls.
When RCB needed 35 from 12 balls, Villiers hit Unadkat for three sixes consecutively. He managed to seal the match with a 6 off Archer with two spare balls.
AB de Villiers stated that he might appear calm and collected but was nervous playing such matches. He wishes to play for his team and perform well. He wants the owners to have faith in him.
According to the captain, Virat Kohli, AB Villiers is someone who always looks at the situation of the team and adapts to the game accordingly. He stated that in his eyes de Villiers was a very impactful match winner.
AB de Villiers also stated that he tries to impose himself on the field and show the opposite team that he intends sticking to his game plan and that he can be a threat if they do not get him out. He stated that you can call this game a cat and mouse game or a game of chess. He feels they can have an upper hand but he will do everything to turn the tide in his favour.
The use of the sweep by the RR team did not bring them a win here but can be a useful reminder to the other teams of the IPL that this shot does exist and can be used in a productive manner.
The UAE pitches were able to provide pace to the bat initially but are slowing down now. This will go on and this can also offer more turn. There might be a time when the spinners bowl more overs and hitting them might work out a challenge.
To summarise this match, IPL2020 played between the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) was a total AB de Villiers match.