De Villiers knock seals Bangalore win

- AGENCIES, Bengaluru

Apr 26, 2019-

Former South Africa skipper AB de Villiers shone on Wednesday as Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kings XI Punjab by 17 runs.

While he had the perfect partner in Marcus Stoinis, De Villiers 44-ball 82 was the cornerstone of Bangalore’s fourth win in five games this season. De Villiers said he was only looking to stay calm and not get rattled by the situation. While his innings and the partnership with Stoinis was the game changer, De Villiers also praised the Bangalore bowlers for putting up a good show as it was relatively easy to bat in the second innings.

“I tried to stay calm in the last few overs. It is not easy always, the game is happening at a rapid pace. We know our home ground very well. It hasn’t been a great hunting ground for us to start with but we are turning things around now. And we are doing things well now. We are doing good as a team now. I still think 160 was a par score but it gets easier in the second innings. Our bowlers executed their plans to perfection in the end,” said De Villiers.

Opener Parthiv Patel also played a nice little cameo (43 off 24 balls) and said that the team has nothing to lose now and that has made them ensure that they enjoy themselves in the middle. “We have nothing to lose. We just go and enjoy ourselves. (Earlier in the tournament) We were unlucky not to finish off games. It was about converting performance into results. I have been practising hard. There’s communication between us (him and Kohli). If I strike at above 150, he can take his time,” he said. Bangalore scored 202 and restricted Kings XI to 185-7.

Published: 26-04-2019 09:37

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