So, the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai witnessed yet another groundbreaking record being set in its lap. Proving to the entire world that he is the best batsmen that there is at present, South Africa’s AB de Villiers conjured up a smashing 133 (a score the remains unbeaten) off 59 balls only.
The perfect platform along with the perfect partner, AB de Villiers drove home a feat that all cricket lovers are going to cherish for a long time to come. The highest in the history of IPL, Villiers and skipper Virat Kohli’s partnership of 215 runs off just 102 balls have established the fact that T20 matches are not just about hitting the ball brutally. Playing against Mumbai Indians, the Royal Challengers Bangalore achieved an unlikely target for their competitors to catch on. An impossible target, RCB set a fantastic score of 235 for 1 for MI. Going down by 39 runs; the Mumbai Indians could struggle to consolidate a brave but inadequate score of 196/7 in those 20 overs.
While Virat Kohli’s steady collection of more than 10 runs every few overs kept the run rate up, Villiers’s perspicacious presence at the other end ensured that the duo’s partnership was in for a long haul. Villiers played all guns blazing as he smashed boundary after boundary, mush to the angst of the MI. Villiers came in at the fall of opener Chris Gayle’s wicket and spelled disaster for the MI, as he hammered 19 fours and 4 sixes.
MI’s destruction, however, cannot be attributed to Kohli’s classy 82 and AB de Villiers swashbuckling 133, alone. MI made crucial mistakes throughout the game, and their fielding was not only paltry but it also looked like they were taking an afternoon siesta.
All in all, AB de Villiers owned it through and through, proving it that he is the humblest as well as the as gifted batsmen.
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