IPL 2020, RR vs RCB: the fifty unbeaten AB de Villiers helped RCB beat RR by 7 wickets.© BCCI / IPL
AB Villiers’ unbeaten 55 on 22 balls guided the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a seven-wicket victory over the Rajasthan Royals, but the right-handed batsman revealed he felt “very, very nervous” chasing target. RCB needed 35 points from the last two passes and de Villiers trotted three sixes early in the penultimate. “Extremely happy. I felt we played as well as we could have. Leaked points, no balls, which Yuzi usually doesn’t. I felt we were giving 15-20 too many.” , said de Villiers during the post-match.
“But Virat and I said we partnered and then move on. I’m very, very nervous and erratic [in chase] and I’m very stressed like any player, ”he added.
Jaydev Unadkat conceded 25 points in the 19th and RCB ended up with 10 points to win from the last six balls. Jofra Archer played in the final but couldn’t take his side over the line.
“I always respect the bowlers. If they play well for me, they will have the upper hand. I haven’t even hit one of them. [sixes] out of the middle, ”said de Villiers.
“When Unadkat was bowling I would look from the side of the legs, but to be honest I was nervous because I knew I had to hit well. Luckily I got a few,” he said. added.
De Villiers, who was the hero of RCB against KKR on Monday, entered at bat in sixth place against KXIP. The former South African batsman did not leave a trace as he only scored two points on five balls.
“I want to play for the team and show the owners that I’m here for a good reason. And the family, the fans, and also for myself. Last game, I didn’t play my part as well as I did. ‘should have, but this time it’s a cat-and-mouse game, “said de Villiers.
RCB will face Kolkata Knight Riders next Wednesday.
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