AB de Villiers onslaught earns RCB win over Rajasthan in IPL thriller

  • AB de Villiers onslaught earns RCB win over Rajasthan in IPL thriller

AB de Villiers onslaught earns RCB win over Rajasthan in IPL thriller

Virat Kohli's decision is getting a lot of criticism.

The 14th over concluded with RCB needing 74 from 36 balls but De Villiers struck a boundary apiece in overs 16, 17 and 18 before launching a blistering assault at the death to snatch victory for RCB.

RCB has won five matches and is now placed at the third spot in the points table with 10 points.

"I want to perform for the team and show the owners I'm here for a good reason", de Villiers said.

Gayle has been one of the most dominant batsmen in the IPL's history with 4,537 runs, six hundreds and an average of 41, leaving him eighth on the all-time list of tournament run-scorers. And just a day after the controversy, Virat Kohli has said that the teams should be given the option of reviewing wide deliveries as well as waist high full-tosses. That gamble didn't pay off either as the 41-year-old Jamaican smashed the young off-spinner for four sixes.

"We had a chat, a message from outside about left-right combination and we wanted to go with it because they had two leggies". Sometimes things don't come off.

Elaborating further, Kohli said during the interaction, "It is a fast-paced game and you can miss by a small margin and we have all seen this is a big factor".

However, Kohli and his men will look to shrug off the defeat.

Rajasthan Royals had failed to chase down 162 as the side was restricted to 148/8 by Delhi Capitals on Wednesday. Smith had struggled to score since notching back-to-back half centuries in the first two games at Sharjah.

RCB: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel (wk), Aaron Finch, Josh Philippe, Chris Morris, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Pavan Deshpande, Adam Zampa.

Rajasthan Royals' playing XI: Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Steve Smith (c), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi.

Match starts 3:30pm IST.