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Dhawan, De Villiers light up IPL

  • Published at 10:16 am October 18th, 2020
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Bangalore’s AB de Villiers goes big during their IPL match against Rajasthan in the UAE Saturday

Bangalore coach Katich called De Villiers a "freak" but knows he will need more sixes from the South African if the team are to win their first IPL title

Shikhar Dhawan hit his first Indian Premier League century Saturday as Delhi Capitals beat Chennai Super Kings to go back top of the table.

South African veteran AB de Villiers produced another blistering batting display meanwhile to take Royal Challengers Bangalore to victory over Rajasthan Royals and keep them in the playoff race.

India opener Dhawan batted through the Delhi innings as they chased Chennai's 179/4 in which Faf du Plessis made 58 and Ambati Rayudu an unbeaten 45. 

Dhawan made 101 off 57 balls with 14 fours and one six but his partners Shreyas Iyer (23) and Marcus Stoinis (24) hit the boundaries that kept Delhi in the hunt. 

The surprise IPL contender needed 15 off the last over and it was spin bowler Axar Patel who blasted three sixes to secure the win with a ball to spare.

Delhi now lead reigning champion Mumbai Indians by two points while MS Dhoni's three-time winner Chennai have only three wins from nine games and are slumbering in sixth place in the eight team league. 

Mumbai play King's XI Punjab Sunday.

In the opening game of the day, De Villiers hit an unbeaten 55 off 22 balls taking Bangalore from the verge of defeat - needing 35 off 12 balls - to a stunning seven wicket victory that kept Virat Kohli's side in fourth place and the final playoff spot. 

The 36-year-old's latest power hitting left both sides in awe. 

He hit three straight sixes off the penultimate over by Jaydev Unadkat and overtook the target 177/6 with another six off Jofra Archer with two balls to spare.

Bangalore made 179 for three with Kohli also making 43.

India coach Ravi Shastri said this week that De Villiers should come out of his international retirement. 

After a 55 off 24 balls in a win over Mumbai and a devastating 73 off 33 balls against Kolkata, De Villiers now has the IPL's best strike rate and only Sanju Samson is up with his 19 sixes.

De Villiers said he was always "very nervous" going into such a run chase. 

Bangalore coach Simon Katich called De Villiers a "freak" but knows he will need more sixes from the South African if the team are to win their first IPL title.

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