Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli attributed the 82-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to AB de Villiers ‘brilliant knock of 73 runs in 33 balls and the bowlers’ brilliant performance. ‘Man of the match’ de Villiers hit five fours and six sixes during this innings.

Kohli said after the match, ‘This is a great win against a very strong team. Now this week will be very busy for us, it was important to start it well. With Chris Morris coming, the bowling unit now looks more lethal. He said, ‘We were happy with this score. The pitch was dry and the day was good so we thought there would be no dew. But barring a ‘Super Human’ (‘Superhuman’ de Villiers), every batsman has problems on the pitch.

Kohli said. ‘The team was thinking of scoring around 165 runs, but due to the batting of de Villiers, we were able to give a target of 195 runs. This (de Villiers innings) was incredible. I felt that I had played only a few balls and I would probably start to strike. He said, ‘But he came and started hitting with the third ball and after that he said that he is feeling good. It can only de Villiers. It was a great innings. I was happy that we could form such a good partnership (100 not out) and I was in the best place to watch his innings.

De Villiers said, ‘I am very happy with my performance. That’s all i can say I was dismissed for zero in the last match, that was a very bad feeling. I am happy to contribute. To be honest, I was also surprised by myself. We were heading towards 140-150 and I thought I could try till 160-165, but it was surprising to reach 195 runs.

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik also praised De Villiers, saying, ‘AB is a great player. It is difficult to stop them. He made a difference between the two teams. We tried everything. Only the insworker could stop him, otherwise all the balls were going out. Karthik said, ‘We need to do some things better. Even if we would have stopped them for 175 runs, but we have to improve the batting.

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