AB de Villiers: IPL: AB de Villiers best in the business towards backend of an innings, says RCB coach Simon Katich | Cricket News

CHENNAI: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) head coach Simon Katich was all praise for AB de Villiers, saying that the South African is the best in the business when it comes to batting towards the backend of an innings.
Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers’ knocks of 78 and 76 were backed up by a spirited bowling performance as RCB defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 38 runs on Sunday here at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
“Boys were magnificent today, we had a tough start but the way he fought back with that partnership between Glenn Maxwell and Devdutt Padikkal got us into a position from where we could get the score we got,” said Katich in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of RCB.
“At 9/2, no one would have thought we would score above 200. Maxwell and Padikkal deserve a lot of credit for setting up the platform and then AB, that was a special knock as well.”

“In terms of T20 batting, we were treated to two masterclasses from Maxwell and ABD. Young Padikkal’s innings should not go unmentioned because that partnership between him and Maxwell gave us momentum in the innings and it put pressure on KKR,” he added.
Maxwell and de Villiers’ ensured that the side posted a total of 204/4 in the allotted twenty overs.

“We know that ABD is the best in the business in the backend and we have seen here in Chennai, a lot of teams have struggled at the backend and that is something we have done really well in these three games on the back of him and Maxwell. That can be the difference between winning and losing games,” said Katich.
RCB will next take on Rajasthan Royals on Thursday at the Wankhede Stadium.

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