Quinton de Kock © IANS
Quinton de Kock scored 69 off only 39 balls © IANS

The 55th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Delhi Daredevils (DD) was rained out. In the process, RCB were guaranteed of a final-four finish, though they are highly unlikely to finish in the top two. Rishad D’Souza brings the highlights of the game.

1. DD’s good opening stand: Quinton de Kock and Shreyas Iyer launched Delhi Daredevils (DD) to a desirable start. They added 55 runs in 6.2 overs before Shreyas was dismissed for 20 by Harshal Patel. IPL 2015 Points Table & Team Standings

2. Quinton de Kock comes good: Quinton de Kock’s search for good form met results, as he scored a crucial 69 off 39 deliveries. He was particularly good against the fast bowlers, but perished to the spin of Yuzvendra Chahal. He offered a stern reminder to the DD selectors of his obvious potential. IPL 2015 Highest run-scorer: List of best batsmen in IPL 8

3. DD’s brief stutter: After de Kock was dismissed, DD was enveloped in a period of concern as a couple of wickets fell in quick succession. Yuvraj Singh scored 11 runs before holing out to Chahal, and Kedar Jadhav fell three deliveries later for a golden duck. Angelo Mathews was run out by Chahal in his delivery stride just two runs later, as DD were in danger of losing the plot. IPL 2015 Highest wicket-taker: List of best bowlers in IPL 8

4. JP Duminy ensures solid finish for DD: Even though a few wickets fell quickly for DD, Duminy’s spirit was not to be deterred. He went about his business in sublime fashion and scored an unbeaten 67 off 43 balls, taking DD to a solid total of 187. IPL 2015 schedule: IPL 8 match time table with venue details

5. Weather rains on DD’s parade: RCB have been followed almost everywhere by the rain; something that affected even in this game. Just 1.1 overs into their chase, the heavens opened and the batsmen had to walk off. Eventually, the match was called off and RCB were ensured of a final-four finish for the first time since 2011. Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015: Complete coverage

(Rishad D’Souza, a reporter with CricketCountry, gave up hopes of playing Test cricket after a poor gully-cricket career. He now reports on the sport. You can follow @RDcric on Twitter)