Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers combined brilliantly to keep RCB's playoffs hopes alive
13 May, 2018, 03:17
Virat Kohli overtook Suresh Raina yet again to become the leading run-scorer in the history of the Indian Premier League as Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Delhi Daredevils by five wickets at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday. The dew factor also played out in the second half of the game, just like the other night. Pant plundered 61 runs off 34 balls to help Delhi overcome some early hiccups. Sandeep impressed one and all with his crafty leg spinners and ended with figures of 4-25-1. So, opting to bowl first might be a good ploy. It only took a special effort to remove Pant with AB de Villiers holding on to a spectacular sliding catch at long-on.
But in the very next over, Yuzvendra Chahal punished Roy (12 off 9) with a ideal googly, claiming the middle stump for the second time in two overs as Delhi stood shocked at 16 runs for two gone.
Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant got Delhi back on track with a solid innings.
The 17-year-old belied his age with such clean and powerful hitting in an innings that comprised four sixes and three boundaries. Also this is RCB skipper, Virat Kohli's actual home ground for which he is well acquainted with.
Royal Challengers Banglore are going to clash with the Delhi Daredevils in a battle of the bottom-placed. On the other hand, Junior Dala's first over went for 17 runs - with Kohli picking his lengths and lines to perfection, keeping RCB well ahead of the required run-rate. Nothing seems to work for the battered side including a new captain and Rishabh Pant magic on Thursday against Sunrisers Hyderabad that saw him become the only Indian player to score a century this season.
RCB will definitely start as the favourites after seeing their record against DD as they have won 12 out of 13 matches played between these two teams. But Kohli and De Villiers guided their team through troubled waters and ensured they overhaul the target quite comfortably. Pacer Harshal Patel, who was promoted up the order showed great maturity in resurrecting Delhi's innings with Pant but it will be interesting to see if head coach Ricky Ponting still wants to pursue with misfiring Glenn Maxwell, whose dismal run in the tournament have been a headache for the side. Royal Challengers Bangalore:Virat Kohli (Captain), Quinton de Kock (WK), Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Tim Southee. Live Streaming: Sky Go and Watch Sky Sports.