Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) became the first team to qualify for the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 by thumping Gujarat Lions (GL) in Qualifier 1 at Bengaluru’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. The man-in-form Virat Kohli was out on a duck for the first time this summer. However, it was AB de Villiers who rose to the occasion to take RCB over the line despite losing wickets at the other end. Kohli mentioned in the presentation ceremony about the respect he shows for the star batsman, who was in a forefront of a rescue mission yet again. He, in fact, tweeted kind words about de Villiers as well.
RCB reached the finals in the second and fourth season of IPL, which they lost to Deccan Chargers (DC) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) respectively. This will be RCB’s third IPL final and will be itching to lift their maiden IPL trophy on May 29. It would be a perfect script if they achieve this feat, as the match will be played in their own habitat.
Captain fearless—Kohli—became the first player to score 900 runs in an IPL season, and he needs 81 more to become the first player to reach 1000-run mark. And he has only one contest to attain this incredible feat.
de Villiers, on the other hand, needs 51 runs to become the second highest run-scorer in an IPL season. Given the kind of form he is in, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he reaches this spectacular exploit.