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'It's Always Painful...': AB de Villiers Shares Kohli, Du Plessis' Sorrow After RCB's Elimination

RR defeated RCB by 4 wickets (AP Photo)RR defeated RCB by 4 wickets (AP Photo)

AB de Villiers, former South African cricketer and a legendary figure for Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB), expressed his sorrow and disappointment following RCB's elimination from the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. 

The team, led by Faf du Plessis, faced Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Eliminator match held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. RCB's journey in the tournament came to an end after a defeat by four wickets.

This season for Bengaluru was marked by a challenging start, where they won just one out of their first eight matches, putting them on the brink of elimination during the group stage. 

However, showcasing remarkable resilience and determination, RCB staged an incredible comeback by winning six consecutive matches, which secured their spot in the playoffs. 

AB de Villiers Emotional Post For RCB 

AB de Villiers expressed his pride in the team's remarkable effort and resilience throughout the IPL 2024 season. He commended the RCB players for making the fans believe again and conveyed his hope that the Bengaluru-based franchise would clinch the elusive IPL title in 2025.

"It's always painful to lose. But as a fan, I'm proud of the boys for making us believe, even when all hope seemed lost at the start of May. I'm sure RCB will come back stronger next year and bring home that elusive title," De Villiers wrote on X.

In the Eliminator match of IPL 2024, Rajasthan Royals RR won the toss and chose to bowl first against RCB. Despite solid starts from almost every RCB batter, none managed to convert their innings into a big score. 

Rajat Patidar top-scored with 34 runs off 22 balls, followed by Virat Kohli with 33 off 24 balls, and Mahipal Lomror with 32 off 17 balls, leading RCB to a total of 172/8 in their 20 overs. 

Avesh Khan was the standout bowler for RR, taking 3/44, while Ravichandran Ashwin and Trent Boult also contributed significantly, with figures of 2/19 and 1/16 respectively.

In response, RR began their chase strongly with Yashasvi Jaiswal scoring 45 off 30 balls and Tom Kohler-Cadmore adding 20 off 15 balls, putting up a 46-run partnership. Despite a mid-innings slowdown where RR was restricted to 112/4 in 13.1 overs, Riyan Parag's 36 off 26 balls kept them in the hunt. 

Shimron Hetmyer (26 off 14 balls) and Rovman Powell (16* off 8 balls) finished the job, securing a four-wicket victory with an over to spare. 

RR will now face Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Qualifier 2 on May 24 in Chennai, with the winner advancing to the final against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on May 26.