Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers put on a clinical batting performance against the Delhi Daredevils on Saturday (May 12) night to keep RCB’s playoff hopes alive in the ongoing Indian Premier League. The dynamic duo shared a breathtaking 118-run stand off 64 balls to script a 5-wicket win over DD at Kotla.
After being put into bat, Delhi had amassed 181/4 in their 20 overs. Rishabh Pant (61 off 34) and the debutant Abhishek Sharma (46 not out off 19) were the major contributors for DD.
In reply, RCB were reduced to 18/2 in the third over before Kohli-De Villiers masterclass rescued them out of the deep hole. The duo entertained the capacity Kotla crowd with some jaw-dropping strokes.
While Virat played a splendid knock of 40-ball 70, De Villiers remained not out on 72 runs off 37 balls to guide RCB home with an over to spare. Kohli’s innings was comprised of 7 fours and 3 sixes whereas AB dazzled the jam-packed stadium by hitting 4 boundaries and 6 audacious sixes.
Even though it was Delhi’s home game, it seemed most of the fans had turned up to chant Kohli and ABD. Amidst thousands of cricket fanatics at Kotla, one special person who witnessed the genius of Virat and De Villiers from the close quarters was Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
Following the match, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Google took to micro-blogging site Twitter and expressed his respect for the RCB batting giants.
“Was lucky to watch it live, you and @ABdeVilliers17 made it look so easy! and with classic cricketing shots too, really enjoying #IPL2018 this year” Sundar Pichai wrote while replying to Virat Kohli’s tweet.