Delhi Daredevils 181-4 (Rishabh Pant 61, Shreyas Iyer 32, Abhishek Sharma 46*, YuzvendraChahal 2-28) lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 187-5 in 19.0 Overs (Virat Kohli 70, AB de Villiers 72*, Trent Boult 2-40) by 5 wickets.
Royal Challengers Bangalore lived to fight another day in the Indian Premier League as the star duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers shared a scintillating 118-run stand off 64 balls to script a five-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils in Delhi on Saturday.
Thanks to Kohli (70 off 40) and de Villiers (72 not out off 37), RCB raced to the 182-run target in 19 overs despite being reduced to 18/2 in the third over.
AB de Villiers’s excellent 72* (37)
Delhi had scored 181/4, largely due to the efforts of Rishabh Pant (61 off 34) and debutant Abhishek Sharma (46 not out off 19).
The much needed win was RCB’s fourth in 11 games, keeping them in contention for a play-off spot. The loss for the hosts meant their campaign got worse as they registered their ninth defeat in 12 matches.
The RCB chase was reminiscent of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s effort on Thursday when they hunted down a 188-run target with ease. The dew factor also played out in the second half of the game, just like the other night.
Virat Kohli and Ab de Villiers played some stunning shots to pilot RCB’s chase. With his team in a must-win situation, Ab walked out to bat with a purpose that was visible. The RCB captain started cheekily – collecting a boundary off an outside edge.
But thereafter, he played a wide range of eye-catching shots; one got to see some fluent drives through the off-side, and some stunning drives and whip shots off the pads. While each one of the strokes was a work of art by itself, the one shot that stood out was the whip off the pads off Junior Dala that sailed over long-on.
The RCB captain was dismissed for 70 (40 balls, 7 fours, 3 sixes) when he chased a wide delivery from Amit Mishra, only managing to feather the ball into the wicket-keeper’s gloves.
Virat Kohli’s stylish 70(40)
Earlier, Rishabh Pant and Abhishek Sharma were the stand out performers for the Delhi Daredevils, though their knocks were as different as chalk and cheese. If Pant’s methods were crude, all about muscle, and the see-ball hit-ball type, the debutant Abhishek impressed playing with a straight bat and his ability to time the ball.
Pant hit five fours and four sixes in his 34-ball 61; the boundaries were mostly off the short deliveries and hit to the leg-side. Pant’s innings was terminated at 61 when he mishit a Moeen Ali delivery, and AB de Villiers ran a good few metres to his left to pouch an excellent catch.
Man of the Match: AB de Villiers, for his unbeaten 72.