AB de Villiers becomes third fastest with 5,000 IPL races

South African cricketer AB de Villiers became the second foreign batsman to score 5,000 points in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday as the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) played against the Delhi Capitals (DC) in Ahmedabad. De Villiers hit an undefeated 42-ball 75 to propel his team to 171.

De Villiers is the third fastest batsman (161 innings) to complete 5,000 points in the IPL. David Warner (135 innings) is the fastest while Virat Kohli (157) is the second fastest.

Warner is the only other foreign player in the elite 5000-led club which includes four Indian cricketers. Kohli tops the list for most IPL runs with 6,041 runs. He is followed by Suresh Raina (5,472), Shikhar Dhawan (5,456), Rohit Sharma (5,431) and Warner (5,390). Chris Gayle is the next drummer in contention to join the 5,000-runner club.

With the exception of De Villiers, all of the RCB’s batsmen were guilty of not capitalizing on good starts.

Batted Devdutt Padikkal (17) and skipper Kohli (12) got off to a good start, amassing 30 points in 3.5 overs. The youngster opened his account with a limit off Ishant in the first round. The duo hit five fours.

However, that changed when DC bowlers hit back-to-back shots. Pacer Avesh provided the Capitals with the first breakthrough, sacking the RCB captain for 12 in the fourth quarter. With the next ball, Ishant, who was playing his first game of the season, got rid of the dangerous Padikkal.

With two new batsmen in the middle, the seasoned speedster then threw a maiden wicket to slow things down as RCB collected 36 points for losing two wickets in Powerplay. Maxwell made a short appearance, breaking two maximums and a limit, but was caught from a distance by compatriot Steve Smith of Leggie Mishra as RCB reached 68 for three at the lane mark.

Patidar, who reached 31 out of 22 deliveries, and de Villiers stabilized the ship by stitching a 54-point backing but the all-rounder Axar Patel, who represented the Indian in 15th place.

With PTI inputs

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