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. After RCB’s win, captain Virat Kohli took to Twitter for saluting teammate AB de Villiers for a miraculous catch that sent SRH’s Alex Hales packing.
SRH were going great guns in their chase of 219 despite Shikhar Dhawan’s departure. Englishman Alex Hales was looking dangerous, having already hit three sixes and two boundaries, but in the 8th over, AB de Villiers took arguably one of the best catches to be ever taken on a cricket field, bringing to an end Hales’ stay.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 17 May 2018
Kohli took to Twitter and compared De Villiers to a Marvel superhero, saying he saw “SpiderMan live today”.
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Earlier in the day, AB de Villiers had shone with the bat, smashing a 39-ball 69 at a strike rate of 176.92 to help RCB post 218 for six in their allotted 20 overs. Kane Williamson (81 off 42 balls) and Manish Pandey (62 off 38 balls) had threatened to take the game away from the hosts but RCB’s total proved to be a little too much for the visitor