Viral IPL Video: AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn, two of South Africa’s most accomplished cricketers, made their Test debuts together and quickly established themselves as the most respected batsman and bowler respectively. They shared a close friendship on and off the field, but it was during an IPL match that they found themselves on opposing sides in a cricket league for the first time. It was a moment that pitted two national teammates against each other and left fans eager to witness a clash between two giants of the game.
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ABD smashes Dale for 23 runs
The match in question was the IPL 5 encounter between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers. With RCB chasing a daunting target of 182, the equation boiled down to 39 runs required off the last 18 balls. Steyn, who had only conceded 7 runs in his previous two overs, was entrusted with bowling the 18th over. It was a moment of high tension, as fans eagerly anticipated a showdown between two titans of the game.
What followed was nothing short of extraordinary. From the first ball of the over, AB de Villiers took charge against the mighty Steyn, who had been feared as one of the most lethal fast bowlers in the world at that time. The superhuman Villiers smashed Steyn for 23 runs in the over, even punishing his yorkers for runs. It was an unprecedented display of batting, as De Villiers took apart a bowler who had been considered unplayable by many.
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Despite the fierce contest between the two players on the field, their friendship off it remained intact. The respect they had for each other’s abilities and their shared experiences as teammates for the national team ensured that the bond they shared would never be broken, regardless of the result of any match.
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