The last ball of the 13th over outside the Devadatta step
The skipper was also out on the first ball of the next over
At one end he was as agitated as the last hope,
His above par score of 76 off 41 balls did not bother him.
First run only on the fourth ball faced,
The fourth ball of the 16th over.
Joffre Archer, England’s new bowling sensation, hits the Himalayas with the fourth ball of his over for Rajasthan.
He was at the crease with 7 off 9 balls.
In the blink of an eye, the ball enters the stadium through a square leg boundary.
It was a declaration of war …
His lone declaration of war determined to fight both for Bangalore.
His name is,
Abraham Benjamin de Villiers
Then there was the massacre at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium …
He single-handedly carried the RCB on his shoulders, trying to destroy everything.
Gurkeerat Singh, a fellow batsman who dotted 3 consecutive balls in the decisive over under the pressure of the size of the target to be achieved, joined him and gave him a confident strike.
In the 19th overs, with 35 runs to spare in the 2nd over, he literally exploded, wreaking havoc on the Rajasthan camp alone.
The first 3 balls, midwicket, wide long-on, square leg kissed the sky and crashed into the seats of the Dubai Stadium with no spectators in sixes.
Finally, in the fourth ball of the last over, Joffre Archery flew into the gallery with deep midwicket to put the impossible victory under his feet.
The 36-year-old, who retired from international cricket two years ago, was shining brighter than the blazing sun in the Dubai desert.
ABD in form, however, is the nightmare of any bowler. Beyond that, a bowler will never face any terror in his career.
This is cricket, many come and go,
But something else has to be born to replace the impact he has left behind.