Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

IPL: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Delhi Daredevils by five wickets

IPL: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Delhi Daredevils by five wickets

But both sides need the support actors to come to the party. During RCB chase, in the seventh over, an incident took place between Daredevils' wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and Kohli. The dew factor also played out in the second half of the game, just like the other night.

All-rounder Washington Sundar has been disappointing so far, taking just four wickets in seven games at an average of 48 and economy rate of 9.60. Trent Boult's (2-40) bowling was initially economical, but Harshal Patel's (1-51) was less so and an unlikely victory loomed large for RCB. At that time Kohli was batting on 40 and was looking solid as usual. Rest of the bowlers had a rather ordinary outing into the middle due to which the hosts could never put pressure on the visiting side.

Kohli looked relaxed ahead of the must-win game as he went out for dinner with teammates in his home city.

Coming to the events of the match, one of its most noticeable takeaways was RCB skipper Virat Kohli's decision to take the pace off the ball against the Delhi openers, starting off with Yuzvendra Chahal.

Delhi are very much out of contention. Bowling first is better at this stage, because it's easier for batsmen to take responsibility. Where others may have stumbled, the class and experience of two of world cricket's most valuable commodities shined through and their contributions equalled a vital win for their franchise. Ask the opposition team to get the runs and tell them we are coming after it.

"It is lovely batting with AB". Dala, on the other hand, was disappointing leaking 34 runs in three overs.

Pant and Iyer put on 93 runs for the third wicket, and Abhishek Sharma smashed 46 off 19 balls as Delhi scored 61 runs in the last five overs.

While Virat has managed to add 466 runs from 11 games to his tally, de Villiers has contributed 358 runs from nine innings. Given the new ball, the wrist-spinner removed Prithvi Shaw (2) and Jason Roy (12) with two stunning deliveries, the latter completely undone by a wrong-un.

They will hope their stand against Delhi can yet spark a late run to the play-offs. One, already an established star and the other, on the way to becoming one.

Pant raced to his fourth fifty of the season off 27 balls and was poised for another big innings.

Pant's efforts still should not have been enough for Delhi to post a commanding total, but RCB completely collapsed with four overs of the innings remaining. In the 17th over bowled by Tim Southee he picked up sixes off back-to-back balls to stun the visitors not a little.

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