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'Bowlers, fielders won us the match'

Press Trust Of India
Apr 07, 2012 at 09:28pm IST

Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore's AB de Villiers, who scored a match-winning unbeaten 64, on Saturday credited his bowlers and fielders for guiding the home team to a comfortable 20-run win over Delhi Daredevils in Bangalore. Riding on De Villiers, RCB scored 157 for 8 and then Muttiah Muralitharan (3 for 25) spun the web around Delhi batsmen to restrict the visitors to 137 for 7.

"I don't think the batters won the game. The Man-of-Match award should have gone to Muttiah Muralitharan. The bowlers won the game for us. It was a decent total. Our bowlers and fielders turned it around for us," De Villiers told reporters at post-match press conference. De Villiers had special praise for the Sri Lankan spin wizard Muralitharan.

"Murali is a legend of the game and a wicket-taker and the wickets he picked up changed the momentum for Delhi. Not only skills, Murali brings to the table his human qualities which boosts the prospects of the team. He is a wonderful person, he is a nice guy and a smiling character," he said.

Bowlers, fielders won us the match: de Villiers

De Villiers also said that Man-of-the-Match award should have gone to Muttiah Muralitharan.

De Villiers said that the wicket was ideal for batting, but too many wickets in the beginning did not help their cause. Asked about Chris Gayle's absence from, De Villiers said the dashing opener was not 100 per cent fit for the match.

"He will be ready for the next match and probably for the whole Indian Premier League (IPL) season," he added.

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