AB de Villiers within striking distance of Orange Cap

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 23, 2015 03:29 IST

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batting star AB de Villiers is in a great position to take over as the leading run-scorer in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015. After his 66 against Rajasthan Royals (RR) on May 20, he moved to third place in the batting charts with 512 runs.

His 38-ball innings in the IPL Eliminator helped RCB knock Rajasthan out of the competition, which in turn means that second-placed Ajinkya Rahane will not be able to add to his tally of 540 runs.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper David Warner still retains the Orange Cap with 562 runs even though his team failed to make the playoffs.

Bangalore next play Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the second Qualifier on May 22 and De Villiers, being in the form that he is in, is likely to get a shot at making the Orange Cap his own.

RCB skipper Virat Kohli (493 runs) and Mumbai Indians (MI) opening batsman Lendl Simmons (472) - currently fourth and fifth in the list - are also in the hunt. One can never count out another Bangalore star, Chris Gayle, who is sixth with 450 runs.

The race for the Purple Cap for the top wicket-taker is also set to go down to the wire.

CSK's Dwayne Bravo sits atop with 23 wickets. Closely following him is Mumbai's Lasith Malinga with 22.

RCB spinner Yuzvendra Chahal comes in third with 21 wickets, while the team's pace spearhead Mitchell Starc has 19. CSK seamer Ashish Nehra also has 19 wickets.


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