Not only did AB de Villiers get the job done with the bat but the South African star was electric in the field as Royal Challengers Bangalore kept their IPL 2018 playoffs hopes alive with a crucial win over table-toppers SunRisers Hyderabad on Thursday night. They scored 88 runs totally. He removed de Villiers caught in the deep through a brilliant catch by Shikhar Dhawan (3-145) and two balls later scalped Moeen caught in the deep by Goswamy and RCB were down 149 for 4 in the 15th over. Moeen Ali followed suit to bring up his maiden IPL fifty in the next over, Ali's half-century coming off just 25 balls - de Villiers (69) and Ali (65).
Mohammed Siraj removed Williamson off the first ball of the final over, when 20 runs were still needed, and the stadium exploded in relief. But pacer Thampi went for 70 runs in his four overs, the costliest over in the IPL history, as Royal Challengers rattled up a massive 218/4 after being asked to bat first. The stand out shot of his innings was the 105-meter six over square-leg off Basil Thampi; on that occasion, he walked across to the off-side, got down low on his knees, and scooped the low full toss onto the roof of the stadium.
Brought into the playing XI in place of a rested Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Thampi was expected to help Sunrisers keep RCB's risky batting order in check.
Royal Challengers Bangalore is one of the most popular team in Indian Premier League and also they are one of the eight founding member like Kings XI Punjab.
De Villiers turned on the show, taking risks but as the old saying goes, fortune favoured the courageous. Now, after the win against SRH, they are still in the hunt and have escalated to the number 5 spot in the points table.
Even other global players joined on in expressing astonishment at de Villiers's catch.
After winning three back-to-back games for the first time in two seasons, RCB have increased their chances of qualifying for playoffs considerably compared to what it looked like for the Bangalore franchise a week or so ago.
"Twenty runs. Kane (Williamson) was on strike, first ball when a wicket goes sometimes it is hard to come up from there. It was nice to go out and express myself in the last game here, for the fans and team, for my own and team's confidence in me as well so that we can keep going forward", Ali said, talking about his performance.
Not only did he have to time his jump and catch to perfection, he also had to make sure his feet didn't hit the boundary rope upon landing, which he also managed to pull off. However, RCB had a great finish as Colin de Grandhomme and Sarfaraz take the hosts to 218. In five IPL matches at the venue, he has 104 runs with a top score of 39 not out.
De Villiers' gravity-defying catchSpider-man?
Will the Sunrisers Hyderabad get things back on track with a win or will the Royal Challengers Bangalore pull off an almighty upset?