AB de Villiers produced one of the most devastating Twenty20 innings as he smashed an unbeaten 89 from just 42 balls as Royal Challengers Bangalore pulled off a sensational four-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday.
De Villiers butchered Hyderabad bowlers with 6 fours and 8 sixes as he took Bangalore to victory after they suffered early jolts. For Hyderabad, Karn Sharma got 3 for 17 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar got 2 for 16.
Chasing 156 to win, Bangalore seemingly lost the plot as they were reduced to 59 for 4 in the 11th over and then were down 95 for 5 when Yuvraj Singh (14) was out, needing 61 from 5.3 overs.
But De Villiers took on from there and played a memorable knock to take Bangalore to 158 for 6 with one ball to spare. He stitched 57 runs for the sixth wicket with Mitchell Starc who could score just five.
In the process, De Villiers dented the reputation of his South African compatriot fast bowler Dale Steyn who bled 39 runs without a wicket in his four overs.
Bangalore needed 28 runs runs off last two overs and De Villiers came into the act and hammered Steyn for 24 runs in the 19th over with three scintillating sixes and a four, which turned the tables against Hyderabad, leaving the home side just four runs to score in the last over bowled by Pathan.
Fittingly, De Villiers hit the winning runs, a four off Pathan, to take Bangalore to their first victory at home in IPL 7 in front of a wildly cheering crowd at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
This was Bangalore's third win in ongoing season and they are now at the fourth spot with six points from six matches.
Earlier, David Warner's fighting knock of 61 off 49 balls helped Sunrisers Hyderabad post a challenging 155 for 6 against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Warner hit four boundaries and three sixes as he steadied Hyderabad innings, along with captain Shikhar Dhawan (37 off 36 balls), with a 62-run partnership for third wicket at the Chinnaswamy stadium.
Put in to bat, Hyderabad lost their in-form opener Aaron Finch (13) and Lokesh Rahul (6) early as they were reduced to 29 for 2 in four overs. Mitchel Starc and Ashoke Dinda (1 for 39) accounted for both the batsmen.
Australian pacer Starc (2 for 21) had Finch caught behind by Parthiv Patel and then Dinda sent back local lad Rahul as he fished at an out-going bowl to Chris Gayle at first slip.
Warner, survived a scare while on six when he played an uppish shot, and Dhawan provided stability for the visitors by adding 62 runs for third wicket in the next nine overs.
Both played some effective shots during their partnership and prominent among those were the boundaries scored off Varun Aaron (2 for 33) and Harshel Patel (1 for 29).
A moment of indiscretion cost Dhawan his wicket as he pulled one off Aaron straight into the hands of De Villiers who was standing at deep mid-wicket after making 37 off 36 balls with four hits to the fence.
But Warner continued to fight as he smashed Chahal for a six over the bowler's head and followed it up by accumulating seven more runs. He was ultimately castled by Starc in the last over of the innings.
Darren Sammy then smashed flat over long-off for a six to prop up Hyderabad's innings but holed out to Starc off Patel at deep mid-wicket for eight in as many balls in 16th over.
Naman Ojha looked in good nick and contributed 15 runs off 11 balls, which included a gentle guide into the Hyderabad dug-out for a boundary and a six, before he was caught by Starc at third-man fence off Aaron.
(With PTI inputs)