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The incredible AB de Villiers 'spiderman' catch that left Virat Kohli gobsmacked

18 May 2018, 05:58 | Winston Chapman

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IPL 2018, Match 51: FPJ's Dream XI for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad

If Virat Kohli's side win Thursday's game, then they will keep the slim hope of making it to play-offs alive.

Against Delhi Daredevils, RCB has a good record.

Williamson, who shot making carried a touch of beauty and class, made 81 (42b, 7x4, 5x6) and Pandey (62 n.o., 38b, 7x4, 2x6) milked 135 runs for the third wicket to keep Sunrisers in the chase.

The Catch: It was nearly a month ago that Trent Boult's effort in the deep at Chinnaswamy Stadium was all but declared catch of the tournament, but another piece of brilliance from AB de Villiers may have thrown a spanner in the works as the competition reaches it's closing stages.

Kane Williamson 81 (42) and Manish Pandey 62 (38) nearly managed to tip the game to their side, but Bangalore's bowler managed to hold them back even in the death overs.

While, SunRisers Hyderabad lost their last game against MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings and faced an eight wicket defeat.

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The Challengers dismissed Punjab for just 88 in their previous game thanks to some extraordinary bowling from Umesh Yadav. Also, Manish Pandey tried a few funky scoops towards the end and his failure to connect at least three of that meant SRH fell short by 14 runs.

After the duo perished, Colin de Grandhomme (40 off 17 balls) and Sarfaraz Khan (22 off 8 balls) took RCB past 200 and then some more. Ales Hales 29 (16) and Shikhar Dhawan 18 (14) are playing carefully and smartly. Soft dismissal for the left hander.

Rashid Khan double strike slowed down RCB's innings.

In a game where bowlers were restricted to a mere "courier service" over the fence, Rashid Khan nipped out the wickets of Kohli, de Villiers and Moeen Ali in his 4-over economical spell. Two balls later he got rid of Moeen Ali to open the doors for SRH comeback.

De Villiers also scored 69 to power Bangalore to 6-218.

Kohli has led from the front with 514 runs in 12 games. Moeen Ali was the next to go 65 runs caught by Sreevats Goswami. It was the first of four drops, none of them spectacularly hard, on a fairly patchy night for the visitors who also held some stunning catches. Virat Kohli and Co. have the momentum on their side and thus, will back themselves to get the job done against RR on Saturday (May 19). Parthiv perished in the same over, and de Villiers announced his arrival with four fours in his first seven deliveries, promising a rollicking stand with his skipper. Huge blow for RCB. With the ball coming on to the bat and with the likes of Williamson, Shikhar Dhawan and Alex Hales in the mix, anything was possible.

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