Game 204: May 18, 2018the Initials Game

There's only one AB de Villiers.Source:Twitter

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KIWI master-blaster Kane Williamson’s 81 off 42 balls was in vain as Royal Challengers Bangalore won a runfest against Sunrisers Hyderabad to keep their Indian Premier League playoff bid alive.

AB de Villiers scored 69 and Moeen Ali made 65 to power Bangalore to 6-218. Hyderabad then stayed in the game until the last over before finishing on 3-204 to lose by 14 runs.

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As impressive as de Villiers was with the willow, he saved his best work for the field.

Patrolling the boundary at mid-wicket, the South African superstar was in the game when Englishman Alex Hales launched off-spinner Moeen Ali high into the night sky.

Perched on the rope, de Villiers jumped up and snatched the pill out of the air with an outstretched right hand — turning what looked like a certain six into a wicket that will feature on highlight reels for years to come.

And the commentators went wild.

“You’re kidding me!” Kiwi Danny Morrison said.

“There’s nothing he cannot do. That is an unbelievable catch,” Michael Clarke added.

One hand stunner 😍

— Su रे ஷ் (@ImSSuresh) May 17, 2018

The cricket world — led by De Villiers’ captain at Bangalore Virat Kohli — reacted with similar disbelief.

“AB’s catch was Spider-Man stuff, you don’t do that as normal human beings,” Kohli said. His shots still leave me in awe, the fielding unbelievable.”

Saw #SpiderMan Live today! 😮

— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 17, 2018

Superman plays cricket.
Superman is South African.
Superman represents #RCB
Superman =

— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 17, 2018
— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) May 17, 2018

Just seen the replay of that catch; What the Duck was that @[email protected]

— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) May 17, 2018

If any one asks why we call ABD a superman just show them this catch of hales... #ABD#SRHvsRCB#IPL11

— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 17, 2018

That’s outrageous! #ABdV#RCBvSRH

— mark butcher (@markbutcher72) May 17, 2018

This is unreal Super de Villiers! 🙏

— R P Singh (@rpsingh) May 17, 2018

The only person not singing his praises was de Villiers himself, who was typically modest in downplaying the catch.

“With the catch, I made it look tougher than it was. It curved away late, luckily it stuck. I got into a bad position,” he said.

Put into bat in a must-win game, Bangalore lost openers Parthiv Patel and Kohli cheaply but De Villiers and Ali added 107 off 57 balls for the third wicket.

Rashid Khan (3-27), who clean bowled Kohli earlier, got rid of de Villiers and Ali before Williamson’s countryman Colin de Grandhomme (40) blasted one four and four sixes in 17 balls.


“It was a crazy game of cricket and we pulled through. I look to put pressure on the bowlers and take it forward if I get one or two (sixes) away,” said man-of-the-match de Villiers.

In reply, Shikhar Dhawan (18) and Hales (37) provided a solid platform for Hyderabad.

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The score was 2-64 after eight overs when Ali dismissed Hales. Williamson took over and caressed his way to a quickfire half-century. Overall, he hit seven fours and five sixes while Manish Pandey kept him company with 62 not out off 38 balls in a stand of 135 for the third wicket.

Williamson finally holed out to fine leg off the first ball of the final over and Pandey was unable to take his side home.

“We missed a trick with the ball. Bangalore were brilliant with the bat and put us under pressure from ball one,” said Williamson.

Hyderabad have already qualified for the play-offs but need to win on Saturday against Kolkata Knight Riders to finish top of the standings. Bangalore must win against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday to have any hope of making it to the playoffs on run-rate.

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“Hats off to the bowlers for keeping composure and giving us two points. We head to Jaipur with momentum on our side. Teams don’t want us to win. We sense fear and pounce,” said Kohli.

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with AP