IPL: Kohli, de Villiers star in much-needed win for RCB

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore

And Boult could not deny De Villiers as he completed the chase with a six with an over remaining.

With this win, RCB have managed eight points with four wins from 11 games and would now hope to win all of their remaining games and at the same time pray for others like Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Rajasthan Royals to lose. Delhi Daredevils, on the other hand, had another sad season, as usual, taking an early exit from the competition with just six matches from 11 games played.

RCB though had a disastrous start to their run chase as they lost their openers inside three overs for 18 runs. Kohli was eventually dismissed for 70 off 40 balls, by which time the two had put up 118 runs between themselves.

If that happens, the likes of Trent Boult and Glenn Maxwell might make way for Junior Dala and Sandeep Lamichhane. In case, Virat opts out of the game, AB De Villiers will take over as the captain of the team. Kohli and ABD partnership is yet to click in this year's IPL. The third-wicket stand between the duo injected momentum into the visitor's innings and took them past the 100 run mark in the eleventh over, leaving them 79 to get off nine overs. When he returned to the field in the 16th over, he was smashed for two fours and two sixes by Karthik. The century stand was their eighth in the IPL, soon after which Kohli fell, holing out to Pant after Amit Mishra had him sucked into the drive that got an edge. De Villiers then saw RCB over the line and ended unbeaten on 72 off 37 balls.

Batsmen on both sides thrived in this basement battle as the hosts looked on course for victory after a strong end to their innings in Delhi, with Abhishek Sharma posting an unbeaten 46 from 19 balls to set a target of 182. CAUGHT! Sarfaraz extends his bat facing upwards to scoop the ball back over the keeper's head, but Iyer has Shaw placed there who runs quickly to his right and nearly drops it before finally latching onto the ball. The bowling department will be headed by pacemen Umesh Yadav and Tim Southee, while leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and offie Washington Sundar could prove handy in the middle overs.

With the asking rate hovering around 8.5 runs an over, de Villiers and Kohli took on Harshal Patel in the 13th over to take 19 runs off their former teammate which brought the equation down to 50 off 42.

Chris Gayle went for 21 as Russell got two wickets off successive deliveries in the sixth over. He raced to his fourth fifty of the season off 27 balls and was poised for another big innings.

That was when Sharma stepped in and took the opposition by surprise. Tim Southee leaked 22 runs in the 17th over with Sharma smashing him for two sixes in a row.

Delhi Daredevils had made three changes in their lineup with 17-year-old all-rounder Abhishek Sharma, Nepalese leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, also 17-year-old, and South African pacer Junior Dala making their debuts in the Indian Premier League.

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