Kohli, de Villiers shine to keep Bangalore in race

IPL 2018 DD vs RCB Match Preview Outsed Delhi Daredevils will fight for self respect against Royal Challengers Bangalore

Kohli, de Villiers shine to keep Bangalore in race

Kohli's gamble to start with wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal paid early dividends as Prithvi Shaw failed to read his wrong one. But de Villiers completed the chase in the next over itself. But it was a fine 93-run partnership between skipper Shreyas Iyer and in-form Rishabh Pant that prospered Daredevils to 181/4. After taking on Delhi, the Virat Kohli led side will face KXIP on May 14, Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 17 and Rajasthan Royals in the final encounter on May 19. With that Delhi were at 120 runs for the loss of four.

Perhaps for the first time in the Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018), Delhi Daredevils take the field without being under pressure.

Abhishek slammed four sixes and three fours during his brief entertaining innings towards the end. Another six from Sharma and a four by Vijay Shankar followed in the over after that, delivered by Mohammed Siraj. Debutant Sandeep Lamichhane, who became the first cricketer from Nepal to play in IPL, then trapped Parthiv Patel leg before in the next over.

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RCB did not begin their innings on an impressive note, with the second over dismissal for Moeen Ali (1 off 3 balls), who was sent to bat at the top of the order.

The batting trio of Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, and Rishabh Pant, have all performed exceptionally well. 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 two for 18 in the third over.

OUT! Poor start for RCB. In such a scenario, the likes of Manjot Kalra, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Sayan Ghosh and Junior Dala may get a look-in. De Villiers, who was adjudged the man of the match for his entertaining knock, also hit the winning runs for his team as he hammered a big six against Trent Boult and took his team home in style.

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The South African maverick then procured a fifty for himself in the 13th over.

RCB are breathing courtesy this win, and need to win their remaining three games to stand a chance in the competition. The two combined for 11 boundaries and nine sixes but even more remarkably, Virat Kohli was left speechless after an audacious whip from his Protea partner went for six, proving despite all the time spent together in the middle, they could still surprise one another.

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. 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.

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RCB comfortably beat DD to register their fourth win in 11 games and keep their slim play-off hopes alive in IPL 2018 on Saturday. De Villiers also reached his fifty off 28 balls in the same over as he hit a four and a six in consecutive balls.

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