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De Villiers hits fifty as RCB trump SRH

De Villiers hits fifty as RCB trump SRH

AFP
Dubai
South African veteran AB de Villiers struck a brisk half-century as Royal Challengers Bangalore opened their Indian Premier League Twenty20 campaign with a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday.
De Villiers smashed 51 off 30 deliveries to guide last year’s wooden spooners Bangalore, captained by Virat Kohli, to 163 for five and a 10-run victory in Dubai.
Bangalore, led by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, bowled out Hyderabad for
153 despite a valiant 61 by Jonny Bairstow.
“It’s amazing and last year we were on the other side of the results,” a delighted Kohli said in the post-match presentation.
The David Warner-led Hyderabad collapsed from a comfortable 121 for two to be packed off in 19.4 overs with Kohli taking a good outfield catch off Dale Steyn.
De Villiers struck his 34th fifty in the IPL after losing Kohli for 14 and innings top-scorer Devdutt Padikkal, who scored 56 on IPL debut.
De Villiers, 36, smashed fours boundaries and two sixes to take his count of hits over the fence to 201 for Bangalore, who are still searching for their maiden IPL title.
ScorescColor:> Royal Challengers Bangalore 163 for 5 (Padikkal 56, de Villiers 51, Natarajan 1-34) beat Sunrisers
Hyderabad 153 all out (Bairstow 61, Pandey 34,
Chahal 3-18) by 10 runs.

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