RCB defeat DD, stay alive in IPL

Florence Fletcher
May 14, 2018

The big two RCB players produced a batting masterclass Skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villers put up a brilliant show and register a 5-wicket win against Delhi Daredevils at the Firoz Shah Kotla Ground in Delhi on Saturday.

They take on Delhi, a squad that is already down and out after losing to Sunrisers on Thursday all but confirming their early exit from the competition. Pant and Shreyas Iyer came together to add 93 runs between over the next 62 deliveries in an attempt to bring the Delhi innings back on track. He made 61 runs from 34 balls, and at the point of his dismissal, Delhi was at 109-3 in 13 overs. The batting conditions were ideal and Kohli and de Villiers played shots of the highest calibre to enthral a full house. If RCB win remaining three matches, they will move to a total of 14 points.

De Villiers held his composure and took the team past the finish line with a 37-ball 72. Ashwin slammed four boundaries and three huge sixes in his innings of 45 but it wasn't meant to be as Punjab fell short by 31 runs.

Bangalore, meanwhile, can potentially reach the top-four if they win their last three matches which gives Vettori and the IPL's perennial underachievers some hope after a sluggish start.

With Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers at the helm, they have put their best foot forward.

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With the target just a stone's throw away, Kohli (70) was caught by keeper Rishabh Pant off leg spinner Amit Mishra.

Daredevils suffered early setbacks as Yuzvendra Chahal accounted for Prithvi Shaw and Jason Roy. Glenn Maxwell, Liam Plunkett and Shahbaz Nadeem have been dropped. And for the second successive game the Delhi bowlers failed to defend a good total.

Even though the Daredevils might have officially lost out on a spot in the playoffs after this defeat, making their fixtures against Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians a mere formality, the Delhi team management can draw some confidence from the way their youngsters have performed in the season so far.

The mutual admiration society between Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers had its latest chapter on Saturday. The duo saw off young Nepalese bowler Sandeep Lamichhane but had no respect for the others, including Trent Boult and Junior Dala.

RCB captain Kohli was shaking his head as he departed for the innings break and it was more of the same immediately after the restart, with Moeen (1) and Parthiv Patel (6) dismissed quickly. It will also air on Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 Hindi HD in Hindi commentary.

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