IPL 2016: I bow down to AB de Villiers' inspiring knock, says Virat Kohli

Bengaluru, May 25: AB de Villiers' calm and composed innings along with Iqbal Abdullah guided the Royal Challengers Bangalore to a four-wicket victory against Gujarat Lions in the first qualifier of IPL match on Tuesday at the Chinnaswami stadium here.

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With this win, the Royal Challengers Bangalore entered the final of Indian Premier League 2016.

Royal Challengers Bangalore's AB De Villiers with team mates celebrate after winning during the 1st qualifier IPL 2016 match against Gujarat Lions at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

Man of the Match AB de Villiers smashed 79 off 47 balls and single-handedly steered his side comfortably through troubled waters.

Gujarat Lions bowler Dhawal Kulkarni ripped apart RCB top order, castling both the openers Virat Kohli for duck and Chris Gayle nine.

Three Royal Challengers batsmen suffered duck-out fate, Kohli, Rahul and Baby. But it was the grit and valiance of the South African which ensured Gujarat Lions remain on the losing side.

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Saluting his team mate and idol's inspirational innings (when the chips were down), RCB skipper Virat Kohli said this ends the debate about who's the best.

"I think this should settle the debate about who is the best in the world. Come the big game, the big man steps up. I just bow down to him (Ab de Villiers). Probably one of the best knocks under pressure I have seen. I'm happy for him and the team," an overwhelmed Virat Kohli said during post match presentation.

"We have played good cricket to the play-offs. I could see the opposition was worried about him, what he can do at the end of the innings," he further added.

RCB scored 159/6 to snatch the victory from the Lions with 10 balls to spare and de Villiers remained unbeaten on 79 along with Abdullah 33.

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