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AB TURNS ON THE STYLE

AB de Villiers almost single-handedly secured the Royal Challengers Bangalore victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders.

De Villiers hit five fours and six sixes in his 73 not out off 33 balls which helped RCB to post 194/2. Virat Kohli’s 33 was the next best.

Proteas speedster Chris Morris took 2/17 as the Knight Riders were restricted to 112/9 as Bangalore cruised home by 82 runs.

The win lifted RCB to third on the log after seven matches.

The knock inspired India head coach Ravi Shastri to call on the South African to return to the international scene. He retired in 2018 but continues to ply his trade around the world in the shortest format of the game.

“Now, that the penny has dropped. What one saw last night was unreal. And the feeling is the same waking up. @ABdeVilliers17, the game in these trying times or otherwise needs you back in the international arena and out of retirement. The game will be better off,” Shastri tweeted on Tuesday.

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