AB de Villiers scored a majestic 73, as Royal Challengers Bangalore comprehensively defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders by 82 runs at Sharjah on Monday.
Royal Challengers included Mohammed Siraj in place of Gurkeerat Mann, while Kolkata Knight Riders brought in Tom Banton in place of star spinner Sunil Narine, who was reported for a illegal action in the previous game .
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, RCB opening pair of Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch made a fantastic beginning by adding 67 runs, before Andre Russell broke the stand by dismissing the former for 32.
Finch looked set for a big score, until he was done by a brilliant yorker from Prasidh Krishna in the 13th over.
Ab de Villiers took a few balls to settle down, before he took on KKR bowlers by smashing them all round the park. In the 16th over, he took on Kamlesh Nagarkoti for 18 runs that swung the momentum in his side’s favour.
The duo of Kohli and De Villiers added 83 runs off the last five overs, with the South African star being the chief destroyer as he scored a scintillating 73 off 33 balls which included five fours and six sixes, as RCB ended up with an impressive 194/2 at the end of their allotted 20 overs.
The Indian skipper remained unbeaten on 33.
Chasing 194, Kolkata Knight Riders opened with debutant Tom Banton along with Shubman Gill. The pair added 23 runs, before the England batsman was bowled by Navdeep Saini.
Gill along with Nitish Rana stitched together a 28 run stand for the second wicket, before Washington Sundar dismissed the latter for 9.
The 21 year old was given a reprieve, as Finch dropped a relatively easy catch at long on. The drop didn’t really cost RCB, as the young talented opener was run-out in the next over after an error in judgment in calling for a run for 34.
The wickets kept tumbling though as Dinesh Karthik, and Eoin Morgan perished quickly, leaving Kolkata in a deep trouble at 64/5.
Andre Russell after hitting Isuru Udana for 6, 4, 6 was caught at long off by Siraj in the same over to end Knight Riders chances of a victory.
In the end KKR ended up with 112/9, giving RCB a fantastic 82 run win.
Chris Morris and Washington Sundar bagged two wickets each, while Udana, Saini, Mohammed Siraj and Yuzvendra Chahal claimed a wicket each.
AB de Villiers was declared the Man of the Match.