Classic Kohli-de Villiers partnership sees Royal Challengers Bangalore overpower Delhi Daredevils

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It was violin to the ears as AB de Villiers (72*, MoM) and Virat Kohli (70) led the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (187-5) chase to canter to the target, defeating Delhi Daredevils (181-4) by 5 wickets with 1 over to spare.

 

 RCB entered the fixture against DD with 4 wins required off 4 games to still have a chance of making it to the Playoffs. With Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers at the helm, they have put their best foot forward.

 

RCB won the toss and put DD in to bat first. The new opening pair of Prithvi Shaw (2) and Jason Roy (12) did not have the best of games as both of them were foxed by leggie Yuzvendra Chahal (4-28-2). Interestingly, both Shaw and Roy were out bowled as DD were left struggling at 16 for 2 in the 3rd over.

 

It was then up to the young pair of Rishabh Pant 61, 34b) and Shreyas Iyer (32) to take Delhi to a good total. Pant started from where he had left in the last match to star in a 93-run partnership with skipper Iyer.

 

Still, DD were not going at the desired pace and it looked as if they would reach up to 160 and thereabouts. But it was the late flourish from 17-year-old U-19 star Abhishek Sharma, who went at the rate of knots, scoring a 19-ball 42 to take DD beyond 180.

 

 

The total was decent one and required one of the RCB batsmen to bind the innings together. RCB’s batting has been falling apart in the last few games and they tried to turn that in this game by tinkering with their batting order.

 

English all-rounder Moeen Ali (1) was sent to open the batting along with Parthiv Patel (6). However, the two left-handers failed to make an impact and were dismissed in quick succession. The mainstays of the RCB batting line up – AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli – then took it upon themselves to chase down the total.

 

 

In a 118-run partnership, which was a treat to watch, the duo ensured that the team did not lose its way.

 

 

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

 

 

All the same, ABD (72*, MoM) stayed till the end and with little contributions from Mandeep singh, Sarfaraz Khan and Colin de Grandhomme, RCB cruised to victory with 1 over remaining.

 

 

The game also saw the debut of young spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, the first cricket from Nepal to feature in the IPL. Sandeep impressed one and all with his crafty leg spinners and ended with figures of 4-25-1.

 

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