Mandeep played a brilliant knock in helping his side beat Rajasthan Royals by 71 runs in the IPL Eliminator at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium here on Wednesday.

Reeling at 55/3 at one stage Mandeep and South African AB de Villiers put on a 113-run partnership to help his side post 180/4 at the end of 20 over. Mandeep scored an unbeaten 54 of 34 balls. The Royals faltered in the chase and were bundled out for 109 in 19 overs.

"We know AB (de Villiers) is the best batsman in the world, but that youngster (Mandeep) showed how special he is today and why we pulled him from Kings XI Punjab," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

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