If one thinks that Virat Kohli is the only aggressively passionate player that the Royal Challengers Bangalore have, they might just be wrong. Kohli’s right-hand in RCB AB de Villiers, on Friday, showcased a completely different side to his usual calm side during the eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Firstly, AB de Villiers (56 off 43) seemed extremely upset as Natarajan dismissed him in the first innings. Keeping for RCB, de Villiers once again showcased his passionate side as he shouted ‘run him out’ from behind the stumps directing at David Warner, who was on strike to play a free delivery from Washington Sundar.
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On the 2nd ball of the 5th over, Sundar conceded a no-ball and hence the next delivery was a free hit. Sundar chose to bowl a length one with Warner smashing it hard towards midwicket where Devdutt Padikkal was fielding. AB de Villiers shouted ‘run him out’ even before the fielder could collect it. However, Warner and Pandey successful ran that 1 run.
Moeen Ali was dismissed on free hit
AB de Villiers’ comment didn't come from nowhere as Moeen Ali, RCB’s all-rounder, was out on a free hit. AB de Villiers took a run off Shahbaz Nadeem on the 4th delivery of the 10th ball and it was a no-ball. Consequently, Moeen Ali the new batsman in played his first ball off a free hit. Ali tried to squeeze out a run by driving one towards cover but Rashid Khan aimed a direct hit to get Moeen Ali out and SRH celebrated a wicket on free hit!
The occurrence was so rare that commentator Mpumelelo Mbangwa, on-air, exclaimed that he couldn't believe it happening to Moeen Ali - a dismissal on a free hit.
"I don't think I've seen that in my life. Ali got a free hit and he's out. Oh my goodness! Can you believe that," Mbangwa exclaimed.
What AB de Villiers sought is an act of revenge for what happened to Moeen Ali. The commentators were thrilled as soon as ABD’s chirp was heard from the stump mic.