Virat Kohli contributed with a magnificent 70 in RCB's chase over DD © AFP
Virat Kohli contributed with a magnificent 70 in RCB’s chase over DD © AFP

Delhi Daredevils (DD) were stunned yet again at home, at Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi. This time they failed to defend a decent 181 in Match 45 of VIVO IPL 2018. Their bowling woes continued against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). With this victory, courtesy Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers’ 118-run stand, RCB remain for a Playoffs berth. Meanwhile, it is curtains for DD. Kohli looked in his elements, while ABD consolidated on his good start to take RCB home with 6 balls to spare. After the victory, Kohli dropped a hint of how RCB will go about their business in the remaining games to stand a chance for knockouts.

Known for being a batting-heavy side, Kohli wants his batsmen to take more responsibility: “The table is wide open. It is the right time to get a win for us. It was a great feeling playing in front of a big crowd. Surprising to see so much support for us in Delhi. Again not a clinical show with the ball. At this stage of the tournament, maybe we will prefer bowling first because the batsmen can take more responsibility. Ask the opposition team to get the runs and tell them we are coming to chase it down.”

As always, Kohli mesmerised during his 70-run knock that took the game away from DD. He shared what he has feeling prior to his batting: “I wasn’t happy with the way we finished with the ball (At one stage, DD were 16 for 2), but AB told me that we can do this and that is what helped me get my focus back and then I let my instincts take over. We were looking to finish it with a few more overs to spare to help the net run rate, but the two points are very important.”

RCB are breathing courtesy this win, but they need to win their remaining three games to stand a chance in the competition.