(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) De villiers smashed 89 off 41 balls with six fours and eight sixes and guided his team to victory with one ball to spare.
a belligerent half-century from ab de villiers powered royal challengers bangalore to an emphatic four-wicket victory over sunrisers hyderabad at the m chinnaswamy stadium on sunday night.
de villiers smashed 89 off 41 balls with six fours and eight sixes and guided his team to victory with one ball to spare. the south african batsman hit a full toss from irfan pathan to the deep midwicket boundary to score the winning runs.
requiring 28 runs from last 12 balls de villiers smashed three sixes and a four to collect a total of 24 runs from dayle steyn’s final over.
sunrisers had good control of the game thanks to excellent bowling spells from karn sharma and bhuvaneshwar kumar but good counter-attacking from de villiers upset their calculations.
sharma picked up three wickets for 17 runs from his four overs while kumar finished with figures of 16 for two.
kumar was at his lethal best when he picked up two wickets in his first over itself. the indian pacer first sent back opener partiv patel and finished off the over by bagging the big wicket of virat kohli.
chris gayle then added a 32-run partnership for the third wicket with rilee rossouw but fell in karn sharma’s over when the west indies batsman was caught at deep midwicket by darren sammy. gayle smashed three fours and two sixes for his 27 from 19 deliveries.
earlier a superb half-century from david warner helped sunrisers reach 155 for six in 20 overs. warner hit four boundaries and three sixes in his 49-ball 61 and added 62 runs for the third wicket with skipper shikhar dhawan.
warner who is the leading run-scorer for hyderabad with 224 runs from six games fell when australian pacer starc clean bowled him in the 20th over.
dhawan made 37 off 36 deliveries with four boundaries but was dismissed when the 28-year old left-hander failed to clear de villiers at deep midwicket in varun aaron’s over.