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IPL 8: AB de Villers to gift man of the match award to Mandeep

Pune: Royal Challengers Bangalore star batsman AB de Villiers on Wednesday announced he would gift his man of the match award in the Indian Premier League eliminator here to teammate Mandeep Singh for his performance in the game.

AB de Villers. Pic/Atul Kamble
AB de Villers. Pic/Atul Kamble 

Mandeep authored Aan unconquered 34-ball 54to help his side beat Rajasthan Royals by 71 runs in the Indian Premier League Eliminator at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium.

Reeling at 55/3 at one stage Mandeep and South African AB de Villiers put on a 113-run partnership to help their side post 180/4 at the end of 20 overs.

"I haven't performed that well in the last couple of innings. I have no idea how we got to 180."

AB de Villiers admitted his side was looking at 140 on the board.

"The way Mandeep played was a Man-of-the-match performance. The trophy will go to him after the presentation," he said.

Asked about the tough upcoming qualifier opposite Chennai Super Kings, he said: "CSK have won many tournaments and we know what we are up against".

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