The required run rate rose rapidly as RCB struggled to find the big overs, but de Villiers had other ideas. The South African slammed an unbeaten 55-run knock off 22 deliveries, packed with six sixes and a four. "It doesn't matter who the bowler is, he does what he does".
"AB is always been someone who's been ready to look at the situation and adapt his game accordingly", said Kohli in the post-match presentation ceremony. "In my eyes he's the most impactful player in the IPL", stated Kohli. "It's purely because of the presence of someone like him that teams feel we are never out of the game", quipped the RCB captain. His partnership with De Villiers helped the 36-year-old slam the winning runs.
Smith and Buttler built a stand of 58 and although Buttler sliced Morris to mid-off in the 16th over, Rajasthan plundered 65 runs between overs 15 and 19, with Smith completing a 30-ball fifty and the hard-hitting Tewatia (19no off 11) once again adding impetus.
Chasing the target, Shreyas Gopal (1/32) drew the first blood as he accounted for RCB opener Aaron Finch (14) in the fourth over when the opponents were at 23 runs. In an Instagram Live with KL Rahul, Kohli said that a wrong call on wide or waist-height full toss delivery can make massive difference in fast-paced games and so the captain of a team should have the ability to review the decision. "We understand the dynamics and we're sticking to our plans". He got the crucial wickets of Ben Stokes, Steve Smith and Jos Buttler.
Kings XI have struggled this season, however, and now lie bottom of the eight-team standings on four points from just two wins in eight outings.
"I want to perform for the team and show the owners I'm here for a good reason", de Villiers said.
Leg-spinner Chahal dismissed Sanju Samson (9) next ball - revenge for Samson creaming him for a monster 94-metre six over midwicket earlier in the over - to leave Rajasthan 69-3 after eight overs.