IPL 2020: AB de Villiers’ Royal Challengers Bangalore were knocked out in the Eliminator.© AB de Villiers/Instagram
AB de Villiers paid a heartfelt tribute to his Indian Premier League team Royal Challengers Bangalore after the end of RCB’s IPL 2020 campaign with a defeat to SunRisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator. De Villiers took to social media to post picture from this time spent at RCB this season and wrote: “Looking back at one of the most enjoyable trips ever! We had so much fun together and created memories that will last forever. We really appreciate everyone who supported @royalchallengersbangalore all the way.”
RCB finished fourth in the points table with 14 points and faced off against SRH in the Eliminator on November 6.
Despite de Villiers’ 56 off just 43 balls, RCB could manage only 131 for 7 in their 20 overs.
In reply, Kane Williamson’s unbeaten 50 and an unbroken 65-run partnership with Jason Holder took SRH over the line and into Qualifier 2 where they faced Delhi Capitals.
However, SRH’s run in the IPL cam to a halt two days later as Delhi defeated SRH by 17 runs to make their first IPL final.
The IPL 2020 final will now be played between the defending champions Mumbai Indians, who topped the table and made the final by winning Qualifier 1, and Delhi Capitals, the team Mumbai beat in Qualifier 1.
De Villiers finished the tournament as the third highest scorer for RCB behind Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli with 454 runs at 45.40 and a strike rate of 158.74 with five fifties.
Overall, de Villiers has 4849 IPL runs from 169 matches.
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