He had his reasoning, of course.
Mumbai Indians have won six out of their first eight games of the season and are now placed at the second place on the points table behind table-toppers Delhi Capitals.
It does not matter for de Villiers if the sizes of boundaries are big or short. Theoretically, the longer boundary would be harder to clear, more so with Unadkat not the type to provide much pace on the ball.
Jaydev Unadkat, who bowled the penultimate over of the match, bore the brunt of de Villiers' assault as the South African smashed three consecutive sixes off the first three balls of the over.
Coming to the Kings XI Punjab, openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, who are the top two leading run-scorers of the tournament, have done exceptionally well and the addition of Chris Gayle has added more firepower to the side.
His response to those sixes was to bowl an even slower one later in the over. He was magnificent. Both ABD and G Mann (Gurkeerat) held their nerves and got the boundaries at the right time.
After restricting Royals to 177/6, Bangalore knocked down the winning for the loss of just three wickets with two balls to spare. RCB scored 179/3 in 19.4 overs.
De Villiers said he was always "very nervous" going into such a run chase. Very very nervous, and erratic and all sorts of amusing stuff. KXIP bowlers should perform well to bring down a victory for the team. And family, fans, and also for myself. I'm proud of my performances. It's a cat and mouse game. If they bowl well to me, they'll have the upper hand.
Bangalore went over the line with De Villiers hitting Archer for a six to take them over the line and complete his fourth fifty of the season. "I am not afraid to get out".
And it was another one that had got away from RR's grasp. In this match against Bangalore, Robin Uthappa and Ben Stokes came in as the opening pair. Towards the end of the innings, Kieron Pollard finished on a high in a 57 run unbroken stand for the seventh wicket with Nathan Coulter-Nile (24 n.o.: 12b, 4x4). In hindsight, he said he would have given the 19th to Archer. Just got AB'd there. The Pretoria-born cricketer is happy to serve the team in whatever capacity demanded and will do everything in his power to make RCB win the title. Meanwhile, the live streaming of the match will also be available on Star's streaming application Hotstar.
Shikhar Dhawan hit his first Indian Premier League century on Saturday as Delhi Capitals beat Chennai Super Kings to go back top of the table.
RCB now have 12 points to their name and are sitting third comfortably in IPL 2020 points table.