AB de Villiers blasted a whirlwind 17- ball 47 at the death after Tillakaratne Dilshans strokeful fifty to help Royal Challengers Bangalore notch up a sensational five- wicket victory over Deccan Chargers in their Indian P
remier League match here on Sunday.
AB de Villiers emerged as the game changer as he smashed five fours and three sixes to help RCB score 72 runs in the last 3.5 overs and overhaul Deccans target of 182 with seven balls to spare at the M Chinnaswamy stadium here.
In the 18th over, de Villiers tore apart his countrymate Dale Steyn, smashing two sixes and as many fours to accumulate 23 runs. He then followed it up with two fours and a six in the first three balls of the penultimate over to take his team on the threshold of a muchneeded victory.
Chasing 182 to win, Dilshan single- handedly led the runchase and forged a 91- run opening partnership with Chris Gayle ( 26) to set the foundation but the hosts slipped to 117 for 4 before de Villiers played a blinder to take RCB to the fifth position in the points table.
Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan smashed a strokeful unbeaten 73 to help bottom- placed Deccan Chargers put a challenging score on board.
Opener Dhawan cracked 10 fours and one six in his 52- ball innings and forged 86 runs and 82 runs with Daniel Harris ( 47) and Cameron White ( 45) respectively.
Chasing the daunting total, Dilshan began with a flourish smashing Dhawan twice to the fence. In the next over, he fiercely pulled Steyn for a boundary.
Dilshan looked in an aggressive form even as he exquisitely punched pacer Veer Pratap Singh between mid off and cover for a boundary in third over of RCB innings. Running in hard in his second over, Steyn nearly had Chris Gayle when the ball missed the stumps as the West Indian batsman went for a big heave over long off.
Earlier, opening the innings, Dhawan carried his bat through, cracking 10 fours and one six in his 52- ball innings after Bangalores stand- in skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field. Dhawan stitched a racy 86- run partnership for the opening wicket with Daniel Harris ( 47) to give Deccan Chargers a rampaging start and then added 82 runs off 44 balls with Cameron White ( 45) to help his team post a huge total.
Dhawan started the runriot with a couple of fours in the first over but soon Harris catched up and smashed two fours and four sixes in his 41- ball innings before a big mix- up left him three runs short of a deserving fifty.
Australian White then brought up the team hundred in the 13.3 over with a huge six over deep midwicket off J Syed Mohammad.
Dhawan also continued his carnage and cracked consecutive boundaries in the 15th over off Prasanth Parameswaran en route to his fifty.
Bangalore used as many as seven bowlers but apart from Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan, none could find the rhythm.
White turned the heat on the Challengers in the 17th over when he flicked one off the pads over the boundary rope and followed it up with successive boundaries.
Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Tilakaratne Dilshan raises his bat to celebrate his 50 runs while Deccan Chargers wicket keeper Parthiv Patel looks on TEAM P W L T NR PTS NRR Delhi 10 8 2 0 0 16 + 1.037 Kolkata 11 7 3 0 1 15 + 0.603 Mumbai 11 7 4 0 0 14 – 0.143 Chennai 12 5 6 0 1 11 + 0.013 Bangalore 11 5 5 0 1 11 – 0.333 Rajasthan 11 5 6 0 0 10 + 0.144 Punjab 11 5 6 0 1 10 – 0.453 Pune 12 4 8 0 0 8 – 0.134 Hyderabad11 2 8 0 1 5 – 0.557
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