De Villiers played yet another innings of sublime timing and sometimes outrageous footwork in his 59- ball knock including 19 fours and four sixes, as he helped his side to an insurmountable 235 for one in their 20 overs.
De Villiers came in at number three, took an over to play himself in before unleashing his trademark display of wizardry with the willow, dispatching hapless Mumbai Indians bowlers to all parts of the ground.
The South African captain, however, had not set the competition alight until that innings. Coming into the clash, De Villiers had scored 303 runs at an average of 37.87 with just one score past 50.
Most of the South Africans who did duty for the Proteas in the World Cup have struggled to get going in the premier T20 tournament in world cricket.