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Friday, 18 May 2018 - 15:26
De Villiers’ stunning catch secures RCB a hard-fought win
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AB de Villiers can do things on the cricket field few others can. He’s a 360° player with a bat in hand, and dynamite on the field.
 
De Villiers has pulled off many a screamer in his 14-year international career.
 
And even then, what he managed last night (May 17) at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore was something special.
 
Chasing 219 for a win, Sunrisers Hyderabad were behind the asking rate having reached 60/1 in seven overs.
 
With Moeen Ali introduced into the attack, Alex Hales sensed the opportunity to up the scoring.
 
He stepped out of his crease in a bid to whack the off-spinner over deep mid-wicket and would have done so rather easily, if not for de Villiers’s gravity-defying act.
 
Stationed at cow corner, the South African ran to his right, leaped, got hold of the ball with his right hand and despite being off-balance somehow managed to keep his foot from touching the boundary cushions.
 
All this in one motion.
 
The catch stunned everyone watching, none more so than Virat Kohli, the Royal Challengers captain.
 
"That was Spiderman stuff!" Kohli said. "You don't do that as normal human beings. I thought it was going for a six, but he pulls it out, then the jump and then the balance.
 
The RCB won the game by 14 runs to secure their playoff chances alive.
 
Batting first, the RCB totaled 218 for 6.
 
AB de Villiers made 69 off 39 balls while Moeen Ali struck 65 off 34 balls.
 
Colin de Grandhomme contributed with a 17-ball 40.
 
In reply, the Sunrisers reached 204 for 3.
 
Skipper Kane Williamson made 81 while Manish Pandey remained unbeaten 62 not out.
 
Now the RCB has won 6 matches for 13 outings.




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