De Villiers smashed an unbeaten 89 from just 41 balls as RCB pulled off a sensational four-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad. (BCCI)
The M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday witnessed the battle of South Africans in an IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad where the world's two fiercest players and team-mates - AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn - took on each other.
RCB kicked off their campaign in the ongoing seventh edition of the league with two comfortable wins during the UAE leg but slumped to three back-to-back defeats and were desperately looking to get back to winning ways in their first match of the India leg.
At the toss, RCB skipper Virat Kohli, who chose to field against Sunrisers Hyderebad, looked confident playing at the home turf and backed his batsmen to chase any target.
In the first innings, a belligerent half-century from David Warner rescued Hyderabad after a slow start and helped them post a respectable 155/6 on the board.
Chasing 156 runs to win, Royal Challengers Bangalore seemingly lost the plot as they were down 95 for five when Yuvraj Singh (14) was out. RCB still were in need of 61 from 33 balls.
The man of the moment was AB de Villiers, who is known for his unconventional stroke play and street-smart thinking.
De Villiers produced one of the most devastating Twenty20 innings as he smashed an unbeaten 89 from just 41 balls as RCB pulled off a sensational four-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The South African butchered Hyderabad bowlers with 6 fours and 8 sixes.
How De Villers dented Steyn's reputation:
Bangalore were in need of 28 runs off just 12 balls. De Villiers was at the crease. For Sunrisers, their captain Shikhar Dhawan gave the ball to Dale Steyn.
Coming into the act, de Villiers hammered Steyn for 24 runs in the 19th over with three scintillating sixes and a boundary, which turned the tables against Hyderabad. The equation came down to just four runs off the last over bowled by Irfan Pathan.
De Villiers hit 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. With this win, RCB are now at the fourth spot on the points table.
Dale Steyn bled 39 runs without a wicket in his four overs.
Here is a look at how AB de Villiers hammered his South African compatriot:
1st ball- Steyn to de Villiers, SIX, AB smashed it over deep square leg.
2nd ball- Steyn to de Villiers, SIX, AB came forward and lofted it over Steyn's head for another maximum.
3rd ball - Steyn to de Villiers, 1 leg bye
4th ball - Steyn to Starc, 1 run, Starc edged it to midwicket and gave the strike to de Villiers.
5th ball - Steyn to de Villiers, FOUR, AB lofted Steyn towards long off boundary
6th ball - Steyn to de Villiers, SIX, AB scooped Steyn over the fine leg boundary.
Surely, the contest was enthralling and fans would have got full value for their money. After the match, De Villiers said: "Today was just one of those days for me when things just go your way. It's just like a Tennis match between me and Dale. He won the first set and I won the second set. I would have loved to have another set against him but unfortunately he was bowled out.
"I thought he bowled exceptionally well in the first over, the second over just went my way."