IPL 2018: 'Spiderman' AB de Villiers defies gravity with stunning catch

NEW DELHI: AB de Villiers turns out to make it a addiction of being impressive in no matter he does on a cricket box and the talismanic South African's gravity-defying catch in Thursday's Indian Premier League (IPL) match handiest added to his legend.

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The Sunrisers Hyderabad's chase used to be into its 8th over when their English opener Alex Hales launched spinner Moeen Ali into the evening sky at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium for what looked like his fourth six.

Patrolling the deep midwicket boundary, de Villiers, on the other hand, believed and proved otherwise.

Known for his very good athleticism, the South African leapt top and instinctively stretched out his right hand to pluck the ball swirling away from him.

And his activity used to be no longer achieved yet.

When he landed, de Villiers additionally had to verify the momentum didn't take him around the rope, which might have ruined a second of breathtaking fielding brilliance.

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"That was Spiderman stuff, you don't do that as normal human beings," Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli gushed at the presentation rite. "I thought it was going for a six and then he pulls it out... He can do freakish things. I'm used to it now. His shots still leave me in awe, I'm pretty used to his fielding. That was fun to watch."

Famed for his 360-degree batting and an uncanny skill to conjure up photographs that amuse the fans and bemuse the opposition, de Villiers made a breezy 69 in Bangalore's 14-run win against the table-toppers to keep his crew in the IPL 2018 play-off race.

Compatriot and former South Africa batsman Jonty Rhodes known as the catch "insane", top praise coming from the fielding great, however de Villiers used to be his modest self when describing the moment.

"I made it look better than it was," the 34-year-old said after being adjudged Man of the Match. "I got in a bad position. The ball had a little bit curve on it. The minute I took the jump, I realised it was a little bit outside of my body... Luckily it stuck."

Former India Test bowler RP Singh tweeted a photograph of de Villiers, with a flowing purple cape, taking the 'superman' catch.

Led by means of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, Hyderabad have already made the play-offs as have Chennai Super Kings.

With handiest five staff fits to head, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab and RCB are vying for the remaining two play-off slots in the eight-team league.

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