SRH vs RCB Eliminator, IPL 2020:
After a Super Over loss against KKR and after collapsing in one of the most dramatic fashion against Kings XI Punjab in the group stage, SRH won their last three games by comfortable margins. After RCB put them at 67/4 only halfway at the target, it looked like pressure situations are unfamiliar territory for the team. But it was not this time in a Play-off match without a second chance. It was a tale of Kane Williamson’s fifty triumphings in a thriller, above AB de Villiers fifty after both the teams lost early wickets. While RCB couldn’t have any fifty partnership, it was the unbeaten 65-run partnership between Kane and Holder that made the difference.
473 – Total runs scored by Devdutt Padikkal in IPL 2020, which is now the highest by any player on his debut IPL season (excluding the inaugural season where all players debuted). The previous highest is Jonny Bairstow’s 445 for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Sadly he was dismissed at 1 tonight, his joint lowest score this season with also his team being eliminated.
56 – AB de Villiers score today which is now his highest score without hitting a six. On two occasions, he crossed fifty without a six, but both of them are lower scores.
Highest scores by AB de Villiers in IPL without any six
56 – vs SRH at Abu Dhabi in 2020
53 – vs RR at Jaipur in 2018
52 – vs KXIP at Mohali in 2012
47* – vs KXIP at Ahmedabad, 2015
45 – vs RCB at Bangalore, 2010
3 – AB de Villiers is now the third RCB wicket-keeper, and the thirteenth player overall, to score 50+ runs and take 3 or more dismissals in an IPL match. The first was Chris Gayle in 2011, followed by Yuvraj Singh in 2014. Gayle also reached a hundred then.
1 – AB de Villiers becomes the first player with three fifty-plus scores for RCB in IPL Play-offs. He also scored 66 against Rajasthan Royals in 2015 eliminator and 79* against Gujarat Lions in the first qualifier in 2016. Both the earlier knocks came in winning cause, unlike this knock.
Most fifty-plus scores by an RCB player in IPL playoffs
3 – AB de Villiers
2 – Virat Kohli
2 – Chris Gayle
1 – Mandeep Singh
3 – This is the third consecutive IPL season where AB de Villiers reached 400 runs. He scored 480 runs in 2018, 442 runs in 2019 and 454 runs in 2020. He also crossed the 400-mark in 2009, 2015 and 2016.
404 – Total runs for Manish Pandey in this season so far, which is now his highest of all the seasons. He has been a part of every tournament since 2008. His next two best seasons are quite close – with 401 runs in 2014 and 396 runs in 2017.
4 – Out of Kane Williamson’s last seven 50+ scores including the recent match, four of them are against RCB. Only two of them are in winning cause.
2 – This is the second time Sunrisers Hyderabad won an IPL eliminator, out of the five times they played. Their other win during an eliminator was against Kolkata Knight Riders in 2016.
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