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Bangalore: AB de Villiers produced one of the most devastating Twenty20 innings as he smashed an unbeaten 89 from just 42 balls as Royal Challengers Bangalore pulled off a sensational four-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in a dramatic IPL match here on Sunday.

De Villiers butchered Hyderabad bowlers with six fours and eight sixes as he single-handedly took Bangalore to victory after Bangalore suffered early jolts after fine bowling show by Karn Sharma (3/17) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/16).

Chasing a target of 156, Bangalore seemingly lost the plot as they were reduced to 59 for four in the 11th over and then were down 95 for five when Yuvraj Singh (14) was out, needing 61 from 5.3 overs.

But de Villiers took on from there and played a memorable innings to take Bangalore to 158 for six with one ball to spare. He stitched 57 runs for the sixth wicket with Mitchell Starc who could score just five.

In the process, de Villiers dented the reputation of his South African compatriot fast bowler Dale Steyn who bled 39 runs without a wicket in his four overs.

Bangalore needed 28 runs runs off last two overs and de Villiers came into the act and hammered Steyn for 24 runs in the 19th over with three scintillating sixes and a four, which turned the tables against Hyderabad, leaving the home side just four runs to score in the last over bowled Pathan.

Fittingly, de Villiers hit the winning runs, a four off Pathan, to take Bangalore to their first victory at home in IPL 7 in front of wildly cheering crowd at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

This was Bangalore’s third win in IPL 7 and they are now at the fourth spot with six points from six matches.

Hyderabad Innings – 155/6 (20 overs)

Batting Out Desc R B 4s 6s SR

Aaron Finch c Parthiv Patel b M Starc 13 8 1 1 162.5
Shikhar Dhawan (c) c de Villiers b Aaron 37 36 4 0 102.8
Lokesh Rahul c Gayle b Dinda 6 6 1 0 100.0
David Warner b M Starc 61 49 4 3 124.5
Darren Sammy c M Starc b Harshal Patel 8 8 0 1 100.0
Naman Ojha (wk) c M Starc b Aaron 15 11 1 1 136.4
Irfan Pathan not out 4 2 1 0 200.0
Karn Sharma not out 1 1 0 0 100.0

Extras 10 (b – 0 w – 6, nb – 1, lb – 3)
Total 155 (20 Overs, 6 Wickets)

Bowler O M R W ER

Mitchell Starc 4 0 21 2 5.2
Ashok Dinda 4 0 39 1 9.8
Varun Aaron 4 0 33 2 8.2
Harshal Patel 4 0 29 1 7.2
Yuzvendra Chahal 4 0 30 0 7.5

Bangalore Innings – 158/6 (19.5 overs)

Batting Out Desc R B 4s 6s SR

Chris Gayle c Sammy b Karn Sharma 27 19 3 2 142.1
Parthiv Patel (wk) b Bhuvneshwar 3 5 0 0 60.0
Virat Kohli (c) c N Ojha b Bhuvneshwar 0 5 0 0 0.0
Rilee Rossouw lbw b Karn Sharma 14 23 1 0 60.9
AB de Villiers not out 89 41 6 8 217.1
Yuvraj Singh c (sub)Henriques b Karn Sharma 14 16 1 1 87.5
Mitchell Starc run out (Finch) 5 8 0 0 62.5
Harshal Patel not out 1 2 0 0 50.0

Extras 5 (b – 0 w – 4, nb – 0, lb – 1)

Total 158 (19.5 Overs, 6 Wickets)

Bowler O M R W ER

Dale Steyn 4 0 39 0 9.8
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4 0 16 2 4.0
Ishant Sharma 3 0 35 0 11.7
Karn Sharma 4 0 17 3 4.2
Irfan Pathan 2.5 0 25 0 8.8
Darren Sammy 2 0 25 0 12.5

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