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‘Facing Super Over doesn’t excite me’

He smacked two sixes in the Super Over to set up the win for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Delhi Daredevils, but AB de Villiers said that he is not too fond of batting in eliminators. The South African said with the likes of skipper Virat Kohli, big-hitting Chris Gayle and he himself at its disposal, RCB should avoid taking the game to the deciding Super Over.

‘It (Super Over) might be entertaining for the viewers but I tell you, it’s not very enjoyable when you’re out there with so much pressure and only six balls. I was very happy to see the last two balls sail over the boundary, which got us into a good position to win the game,’ de Villiers said.

‘We do have some serious batting firepower upfront and hence we should have finished this game (against Delhi Daredevils last night) in the 20 overs itself. The fact that we collapsed a bit, tells a bad story about our batting line-up. But we’ll fight back and in the next game will come through more convincingly,’ he added. RCB lost to CSK in the last ball and also came second in the Super Over against Sunrisers Hyderabad but against Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday night, they managed to cross the hurdle. ‘That’s the positive that we will take out of this match, the fact that we won a pressure game. There were a lot of negatives in the way we batted out there but the fact that we pulled through it, means a lot to us all,’ de Villiers said.

Asked whether RCB were over-dependent on Gayle for success, de Villiers begged to differ. ‘Yes, Chris is a fantastic player, but one guy cannot perform in every game. Myself, Virat and a few other batsmen in the team understand that we will have to win some games for the team as well. ‘We have a lot of experience in our batting line-up and it’s time that we start to take control of the games,’ he said.
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