When AB de Villiers finds form, there is not much the bowlers can do, as Kolkata Knight Riders found out at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday. The blistering 73 not out off just 33 balls (5×4, 6×6) from the South African genius powered Royal Challengers Bangalore to an 82-run victory.
The fifth win also took RCB to the third spot on the IPL 2020 table. On a night when de Villiers ruled, skipper Virat Kohli (33 not out, 28b, 1×4) was content to play the spectator’s role during their unbroken 100-run stand for the third-wicket.
The de Villiers show began with a straight drive off Prasidh Krishna; not even the stumps at the bowler’s end could take the power off the shot as it ricocheted off to the boundary. He then plundered 18 off Kamlesh Nagarkoti’s last over, smashing him for two massive sixes on the on-side off successive balls.
Earlier, Aaron Finch (47, 37b, 44, 1×6) and…