AB de Villiers began slow but increased his strike rate eventually © PTI
AB de Villiers began slow but increased his strike rate eventually © PTI

AB de Villiers has cruised to a crucial fifty in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 eliminator against Rajasthan Royals (RR). Considering the early wickets of the two openers and the bowler-friendly green top, he started unusually slow. Live Scorecard: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR), IPL 2015 Eliminator

But as the time passed he switched gears as required, and got to his half century of 34 balls in the end. Meanwhile, Mandeep Singh is also batting in his forties. De Villiers brought up his fifty with a resounding six. Live Updates: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR), IPL 2015 Eliminator

Earlier, RCB were in a spot of bother when both openers, Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle, were dismissed relatively cheaply. De Villiers started cautiously early on to negate the damage but got into destruction mode as his innings progressed. He has been supported brilliantly by Mandeep Singh.