De Villiers Sees Off Sunrisers

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers' brilliant innings led the Royal Challengers to victory
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Royal Challengers Bangalore 158-6 beat
Sunrisers Hyderabad 155-6 by four wickets
Indian Premier League 2014, Bangalore

AB de Villiers hit an unbeaten 89 in 41 balls as the Royal Challengers Bangalore beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets in the Indian Premier League 2014.

The South African hit eight sixes as the Challengers delighted their home crowd at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, chasing down a target of 156 with one ball to spare.

David Warner had earlier hit 61 and Shikhar Dhawan 37 to help the Sunrisers post 155 for six.

However, despite the Sunrisers reducing Bangalore to 38 for three and 59 for four, de Villiers and his side were not to be denied.

With this win, Bangalore move to fourth in the standings with six points from three wins in six games. Hyderabad are seventh with four points from six games and are sandwiched between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Delhi Daredevils who are also on four points each.

Chasing 156 to win, Bangalore got off to a bad start as Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-16) removed both Parthiv Patel (3) and Virat Kohli (0) in the second over of the innings.

Chris Gayle then made his presence felt with 27 runs off 19 balls, hitting three fours and two sixes. In doing so he put on 32 runs for the third wicket with Rilee Rossouw (14), but it wasn’t enough to turn the tide for his team.

Gayle holed out in the deep off young leg-spinner Karn Sharma (3-17), who also accounted for Rossouw and just past the halfway stage, Bangalore were struggling at 59 for four.

Then, Yuvraj Singh joined AB de Villiers in the middle and things started moving along for the hosts.
Yuvraj only scored 14 runs off 16 balls, but his fifth-wicket partnership with de Villiers was worth 36 runs and it set the stage for the South African batsman to do something impossible.

He teed off in style, hitting six fours and eight sixes in all, and scored his fifty off just 23 balls. He took 22 runs off Dale Steyn’s penultimate over and reduced the margin to victory in the final over, finishing off things in style with one ball to spare. He remained unbeaten on 89 runs off 41 balls.

Earlier, the Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and elected to field first. Hyderabad again had only one of their openers scoring worthwhile runs, but this time for a change, it was Shikhar Dhawan and not Aaron Finch (13).

Dhawan scored 37 runs off 36 balls, including four fours, even as KL Rahul (6) fell early. In doing so, the skipper shared a 72-run stand for the third wicket with David Warner.

They scored their runs with relative ease not seen earlier from the two and the 50-run mark came up in the seventh over. Dhawan fell in the 10th over, just before the 100-run mark, but Warner carried on and brought up his half-century off 43 balls, including four fours and two sixes.

He hit one more six and scored 61 runs overall off 49 balls faced, as Hyderabad lost a flurry of wickets, including Darren Sammy (8) and Naman Ojha (155), to be restricted to a par score on the flat Chinnaswamy pitch.

Mitchell Starc (2-21) and Varun Aaron (2-33) took two wickets each for Bangalore, while Ashok Dinda (1-39) and Harshal Patel (1-29) were the other wicket-takers.

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