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'Superhuman': De Villiers Praise Floods in After Stunning IPL Knock

'Superhuman': De Villiers Praise Floods in After Stunning IPL Knock Photo: TT
Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB De Villiers plays a shot during a 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match

Virat Kohli has labeled AB de Villiers as “superhuman” after his match-changing knock which even surprised the South African as Royal Challengers Bangalore thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders by 82 runs on Monday night.

De Villiers scored a staggering 73no from 33 balls on a difficult Sharjah pitch for batsmen to lift Royal Challengers Bangalore to 2-194, with Kolkata Knight Riders finished 9-112 in reply.

The result moves RCB up to third on the Indian Premier League standings with a 5-2 record, while KKR drop to fourth.

The 36-year-old South African’s remarkable knock, which included five fours and six sixes, drew praise from all corners, including his own skipper Kohli.

“Barring one superhuman, every batsman struggled on the pitch,” said Kohli, who made 33no from 28 balls down the other end from de Villiers.

“The talk was around getting 165, but we got 195 you know exactly why. It was unbelievable.

“I thought I had a few balls under my belt, and I might start striking. He just came in and struck the third ball, and said he felt good.

“I said you might see a lot of people do what is done in other games, but only AB can did what he did. It was a fabulous knock.

“We were looking at 160-165, and it was only thanks to his genius we got to 195. I was happy we could string together a partnership and mine was the best seat to watch from.”

De Villiers admitted himself that he didn’t see his monster score coming.

“I got a duck last game, that is a terrible feeling. I am very happy that I contributed,” he said.

“I surprised myself today to be honest. We were headed towards 140-150, and I thought I might try for 160-165, but I was surprised we reached 195.”

For KKR, Sunil Narine was left out of their side as he seeks to resolve issues around his bowling action which led to him being reported over the weekend, risking suspension if flagged again for umpires.

The Knight Riders had few winners, taking only two wickets and with only three batsmen reaching double figures and only two managing strike rates above 100.

KKR captain Dinesh Karthik said: “We need to sit down. There are a few things we need to do better.”

On de Villiers, Karthik added: “AB is a world-class player. He is hard to stop. He was the difference between the two teams. We tried everything. The only ball was the perfect inswinging yorker. Anything else was going.”

Ben somerford
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