Mr 360 degree's (AB de Villiers) fantastic batting display and the Run-machine Virat Kohli master-class show guided Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to keep their play-off hopes alive in the ongoing 11th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) after they thrashed Delhi Daredevils (DD) by 5 wickets at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in New Delhi on Saturday night.
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers lit up the Kotla Stadium with their powerful hitting. It was a treat to watch AB de Villiers & Virat Kohli sensational stroke play and the duo smashed the Delhi bowlers all round the park. Let us have a look at the highlights of the 45th IPL encounter between RCB & DD.
Virat Kohli leading Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and sent Shreyas Iyer & his boys to bat first at Sehwag's home ground.
Royal Challengers Bangalore made 1 change in their playing XI, Sarfaraz Khan was replaced by Manan Vohra.
Delhi Daredevils decided to go with 3 major changes in their playing XI, Sandeep Lamichhane, Junior Dala and Abhishek Sharma were included while Glenn Maxwell, Liam Plunkett and Shahbaz Nadeem were ousted.
Delhi Daredevils Innings
Delhi Daredevils opener Prithvi Shaw and Jason Roy open the innings on a bad note as both the batsmen got out in Yuzvendra Chahal's bowling. The teenage batsman Prithvi Shaw scored just 2 runs while Jason Roy scored 12 runs in 9 balls with 1 four and 1 six.
Rishabh Pant once again rose to the occasion as the left-hander scored 61 runs in 34 deliveries with 5 smashing hits to the fence and 4 mammoth punches over the rope. Rishabh Pant played a major knock in boosting the net run rate, but he was trapped by Moeen Ali in the 13th over.
DD skipper Shreyas scored 32 runs in 35 balls with 3 beautiful 4s before being out in Siraj's bowling. Rishabh Pant along with Shreyas Iyer stitched the 93-run stand for the third wicket partnership.
The 17-year-old Abhishek Sharma produced some fireworks in the end to guide the hosts post a defending total of 181.
Delhi's teenaged all-rounder scored unbeaten 46 runs in 19 balls thumped with 3 beautiful boundaries and four towering sixes along the way.
The Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar scored unbeaten 21 runs in 20 balls with a couple of boundaries. Finally, Shreyas Iyer and his boys finished their innings on a high note.
For RCB, Yuzvendra Chahal bagged 2 wickets while Moeen Ali and Mohammed Siraj chipped a wicket each.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Innings
Chasing a target of 182, RCB lost their openers Parthiv Patel and Moeen Ali cheaply for a low score. Parthiv Patel scored 6 runs while Moeen Ali made 1 run and got out in the 2nd and 3rd over respectively.
In a must-win situation, RCB skipper Virat Kohli (70) came to the crease with a purpose that was clearly identified. The Indian Run-Machine made run-scoring look so easy and played eye-catching strokes; during his 40-ball stay in the middle, Virat Kohli smashes 7 fours and 4 maximum hits into the stands.
On the other hand, AB de Villiers scored unbeaten 72-run blitz which came off a mere 37 balls. The 360-degree batsman, who brought up the winning runs in style with a mammoth six over the extra cover.
The South African hard-hitting batsman slammed 4 beautiful boundaries and 6 mammoth punches over the rope.
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers came together to add 118 runs in 64 deliveries for the third wicket partnership.
The Indian captain Virat Kohli was dismissed by Amit Mishra in the 14th over. Mandeep scored 13 runs while Sarfaraz Khan made 11 runs.
Finally, RCB chased down the target with 1 over to spare and 5 wickets remaining. For DD, Trent Boult scalped 2 wickets while Harshal Patel, Amit Mishra and Sandeep chipped a wicket each.
DD: 181/4 (Iyer 32, Pant 61, Abhishek Sharma 46*, Vijay Shankar 21*; Chahal 2/28)
RCB: 187/5 (Virat Kohli 70, AB de Villiers 72*; Trent Boult 2/40)
Player-of-the-Match: AB de Villers (72* runs)
Orange Cap (Top Run Scorer): Rishabh Pant (582 runs)
Purple Cap (Top Wicket Taker): Andrew Tye (20 wickets)
Top Team: SRH with 16 points (9 wins out of 11 matches)
Bottom Team: DD with 6 points (3 wins out of 12 matches)
The next 46th & 47th IPL games will be played between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (KKR) at 4 PM and Mumbai Indians (MI) Vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) at 8 PM on May 13. The matches are scheduled to play at the Maharashtra Cricket Association's International Stadium in Pune & at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai respectively.
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