De Villiers: ‘Chinnaswamy Stadium is one of the best in the world’

De Villiers threw down the gauntlet and soon raced to an unbeaten, match-winning, 39-ball 90.

In just his second ball, A.B. de Villiers connected with the sweetest of sweeps, to send the ball flying, to the square-leg fence.   -  K MURALI KUMAR

When Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) A.B. de Villiers walked to the crease, at 29 for two, Delhi Daredevils (DD) sensed an opening. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem employed two slips, in the hope of taking the prize scalp, early.

De Villiers, however, was not having it. Off the second ball, he faced, the South African connected with the sweetest of sweeps, to send the ball flying, to the square-leg fence. De Villiers threw down the gauntlet and soon raced to an unbeaten, match-winning, 39-ball 90.

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“I wanted to put pressure on the spinner (Nadeem) because there was some turn with the new ball. I didn’t want him to settle in, with the slips. As for that first sweep, I didn’t go down as low as I wanted to. He nearly got me, but my hands were quick enough to go through, with the shot. From there, I just kept going. I felt good, and I was hitting well,” de Villiers told the IPL website.

The 34-year-old, a crowd favourite in these parts, added, “The Chinnaswamy Stadium is one of the best in the world. The fans are special, and hopefully, we can do them proud, in the matches to come.”

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