Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Delhi Daredevils by 5 wickets after Virat Kolhi and Ab de Villiers put up a master class show with the bat at Firoz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi on Saturday (May 12).
It was a must-win game for RCB to stay alive in this competition. On the other hand, it was a big disappointment for DD as they are officially out of this competition.
Delhi Daredevils set a target of 182 after Rishabh Pant's another sizzling inning of 61 off 34 balls and debutant Abhishek Sharma's quickfire 46 off 19 balls. However, Virat and de Villiers 118 off 64 balls partnership, gave RCB a must win.
Kohli-de Villiers saga, finally!
It is the charm of Virat Kohli and de Villiers, which makes them one of the best players in the world. No total is big enough when these two get going. It was one of those days when the duo shown their master class again. In 118-run partnership, they had everything like aggression, class, calmness. However, Virat got out without finishing the game but his partner, de Villiers made sure that RCB saw through the home. De Villiers remained unbeaten on 72 off 37 balls including 4 fours and 6 sixes. While Virat scored 70 off 40 balls with the help of 7 fours and 6 sixes.
Heartbreak for Rishabh Pant and Daredevils again
It has been tough few days for Rishabh Pant and Delhi Daredevils. Pant, who is the leading run-getter in this IPL, played a stunning knock in losing cause. Even in the last match, his breathtaking 128* also came out on losing cause. Despite, Pant's knock, Shreyas Iyer, and Abhishek Sharma also played brilliantly. Especially, Abhishek Sharma who played a blitzing knock of 46 off 19 balls including 3 fours and 4 sixes.
Yuzvendra Chahal and Moeen Ali were the stars with the ball for RCB. Chahal conceded 28 runs in 4 overs and picked 2 wickets. While Moeen Ali gave away only 25 runs in 4 overs and picked a wicket of dangerous Rishabh Pant.
How good were kids on debut
They were excellent. First, he was under-19 World Cup star, 17-years old Abhishek Sharma, who played a sensational inning of 46 off just 19 balls including 3 fours and 4 sixes. While on the other hand, it was a historical day for Nepal's fans to see Sandeep Lamichhane playing in IPL. And he didn't disappoint with his performance. In his 4 overs, he conceded only 25 runs and picked a wicket of Parthiv Patel.
However, Junior Dala also made his debut in this match but his performance wasn't up to mark. He went for 34 runs in three overs without taking a wicket. Surely, it was a learning curve for him.
Ab de Villiers awarded Man Of The Match for his outstanding knock.