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.
Kohli took to Twitter and compared De Villiers to a Marvel superhero, saying he saw “SpiderMan live today”.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 17, 2018
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2018
AB de Villiers, who was named man of the match spoke after the match and was his modest self when describing the moment.
“I made it look better than it was,” the 34-year-old said after being adjudged man-of-the-match.
“I got in a bad position. The ball had a little bit curve on it. The minute I took the jump, I realised it was a little bit outside of my body… Luckily it stuck.”
The win was crucial for RCB to qualifying for the playoffs.Victory in Bengaluru, took Virat Kohli’s team to 12 points with one match remaining. RCB are fifth in the IPL Points Table, equal on points with fourth-placed Mumbai Indians, sixth-placed Rajasthan Royals and seventh-placed Kings XI Punjab.
If RCB win their final match against Rajasthan Royals, they will need Kolkata Knight Riders to lose to make to the top four. Best scenario for Kohli’s team will be if Mumbai Indians also lose, but in the event they win, then RCB will need a big win over Rajasthan to better MI’s net run-rate.
If Kings XI Punjab manages to beat Chennai Super Kings in their final match, they will need to do so by a massive margin to try and overhaul RCB’s net run-rate.