Super Over battles are not enjoyable: AB de Villiers

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 17, 2013, 11:50 AM IST
Super Over battles are not enjoyable: AB de Villiers

Bangalore: The sixth season of the Indian Premier League saw another match decided in a Super Over on Tuesday when AB de Villiers' two late sixes helped Royal Challengers Bangalore pip Delhi Daredevils, but the South African says Super Overs are not enjoyable for players.

"It might be entertaining for the viewers but I tell you, it's not very enjoyable when you're out there with so much pressure and only six balls. I was very happy to see the last two balls sail over the boundary, which got us into a good position to win the game," ESPNCricinfo quoted de Villiers as saying.

Bangalore needed 24 runs off as many balls when de Villiers' run out triggered a batting collapse and were only able to take it to the Super Over through Vinay Kumar and Ravi Rampaul who tied the scores at 152 in the last over. De Villiers took the blame for that, ruing the fact that he couldn't finish the game in 20 overs.

"I personally have to take a bit of responsibility for that. My run-out started a big collapse and that was unfortunate. In saying that, we do have some serious batting firepower upfront and hence we should have finished this game in the 20 overs itself. The fact that we collapsed a bit, tells a bad story about our batting line-up."

De Villiers then had to right his wrong with a couple of sixes in the Super Over that gave RCB 15 runs to defend, which Rampaul just about managed to do.

First Published: April 17, 2013, 11:50 AM IST

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