IPL 2018: Virat Kohli calls AB De Villiers ‘spiderman’ for his catching heroics
After the match got over, Virat Kohli was all praise for the all-round abilities of his team-mate who had earlier scored a 39-ball-69
Updated - May 18, 2018 11:30 am
Billed to be a high octane clash, the Royal Challengers Bangalore against Sunrisers Hyderabad match lived up to its lofty standard. The game went down all the way to the wire as RCB emerged winners by 14 runs in a thriller that took place last night. While the win implied RCB stay in the hunt for the playoffs, the biggest moment of the match has to be AB de Villiers’ ‘spiderman catch’ to get Alex Hales out.
Hales was looking strong at the crease having scored 37 in 24 when de Villiers pulled off a blinder of a one-handed catch at midwicket boundary to sent the Englishman back. After the match got over, Virat Kohli was all praise for the all-round abilities of his team-mate who had earlier scored a 39-ball-69 to help RCB post 218/6 after being put into bat first.
At the post-match ceremony, the RCB skipper was quoted saying, “That was Spiderman stuff. You don’t do that as normal human beings. I thought it was going for a six and then he pulls it out. Then the jump and the balance.
Kohli added, “He can do freakish things. I’m used to it now. His shots still leave me in awe but his fielding I am pretty used to and ya, that was fun to watch.”
Virat later also took to his Twitter handle to shower more praise on the South African. The caption of the picture read, ‘Saw Spiderman live today! @abdevilliers17 #RCBvsSRH #IPL2018.”
You can see the Tweet below
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 17, 2018
AB De Villiers was impeccable with the bat as well
The Proteas batting stalwart decimated a disciplined SRH bowling attack, scoring a quickfire 69 to set the tone of the game. Partnered with Moeen Ali on the other end, the duo stitched 107 runs off just 57 balls for the third wicket after RCB got off to a rocky start. AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali struck breezy half-centuries as Royal Challengers Bangalore held their nerves under pressure and eventually eked out a 14-run win over table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad.