When Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman AB de Villiers gets going, it's tough for the opposition to stop the flow of runs. His wide scoring range makes it difficult for bowlers to bowl against him.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bowlers were blown away by De Villiers' unstoppable hitting on Sunday (April 18) at Chepauk. RCB easily defended the target of 205 runs and won the match by 38 runs.
After their thumping win, RCB leggie Yuzvendra Chahal interviewed De Villiers and asked him to take the viewers through his knock. "I have worked really hard in the last few months. I did not expect to be playing really good cricket at the moment but I am very happy, I always give my best shot when I play for RCB," he told Chahal in a video posted on the official website of IPL.
The South African explained what was going through his mind while facing Varun Chakravarthy and Andre Russell in the chat. De Villiers squeezed 56 runs in the last three overs of RCB's innings. He smashed Russell for 38 runs in two overs.
"It was a very hot day, we lost couple of wickets early but I am very happy that we came through. I laid out a good foundation and then their leg-spinner (Varun Chakravarthy) came on, I sensed he was bowling defensively and I realised that was my moment.
"When Russell came on, he was stuck with wide deliveries, I opened up and it put him under pressure."
Apart from De Villiers, Glenn Maxwell played a handy innings for RCB. He was the one who took them out of trouble after they lost two early wickets in the powerplay.
"When I came out to bat, I realised Maxwell was tired and he told me that he does not want to run much. To be honest, we enjoy playing together. We are similar players with a lot of energy and we love having an impact for the team.
"When I came out to bat, the thought was to get a base together and get a partnership going. I knew if we get a partnership, we will sense a weakness somewhere which we did," he added.
(WITH ANI INPUTS)