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  • 11:30 PM IST

    That’s it, then. DD are knocked out of the tournament despite boasting of Rishabh Pant, the Orange Cap holder. RCB stay alive in IPL 18. DD will take some heart from the performances of the two teenage debutants, Abhishek and Sandeep.

  • 11:25 PM IST

    OUT in the weirdest fashion! Harshal Patel was bowling utter trash in the 18th over, a full-tosses on and outside leg and over-pitched outside off. Now Sarfaraz tries to scoop him, but Prithvi Shaw has somehow arrived at very fine deep fine-leg and takes it.

    RCB 168-5 (17.5), need 14 in 13
  • 11:13 PM IST

    Mandeep bowled Boult! Too late perhaps, but that was straight and fast, Mandeep went for a strange sweepish shot and was bowled middle-stump. They have a chance — but only if they can see the back of AB.

    RCB 153-4 (16.1), need 29 in 23
  • 11:01 PM IST

    Mishra gets Kohli but it’s too late in the day night. He has already romped to a 40-ball 70, holing out to deep extra-cover. However, AB is around, and they shouldn’t have an issue with the chase.

    RCB 139-3 (14), need 43 in 36
  • 10:49 PM IST

    Lamichhane bowls out with 4-0-25-1. He was hit by Kohli in his third over. The fourth was nice barring a slog-swept six by AB. An excellent start for the teenager.

    RCB 113-2 (12), need 69 in 48
  • 10:31 PM IST

    Kohli and AB take control with some delectable strokeplay. Kohli lofts Boult over cover into the stands for a massive six, and explodes in a flurry of boundaries. AB looks in control as well, and one gets the feeling that he will join in the fun soon.

    RCB 76-2 (8), need 106 in 72
  • 10:04 PM IST

    OUT, aaaand Lami-boy strikes! Pitched in line, Parthiv goes for the sweep and misses, and is caught in front! What a moment for Nepal, what a moment for the teenager!

    RCB 18-2 (2.4), need 164 in 104
  • 9:58 PM IST

    OUT! The ploy to open with Moeen doesn’t work! He goes for a slog off Boult’s first ball, mistimes completely, and Shaw takes a dolly. However, the wicket was set up by an outstanding first over from Lamichhane. Both batsman and ‘keeper found it difficult to read him. Kohli walks out.

    RCB 6/1 (1.1), need 176 in 113
  • 9:40 PM IST

    DD finish on 181-4. Abhishek Sharma hit out lustily at the end, while Vijay Shankar provided him good company. Southee pulled things back in the 19th over but they plundered 13 off Siraj’s last.

  • 9:26 PM IST

    Abhishek Sharma cuts loose at Kotla! Two sixes, one straiiiiiiight, one over mid-wicket, off consecutive balls of Southee. Then an uppercut for six, this time off Siraj!

    DD 161-4 (18)
RCB face DD at their own den © AFP
RCB face DD at their own den © AFP

Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Updates: Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the VIVO IPL 2018. We head to Match 45 where Daredevils host Royal Challengers at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, New Delhi. DD are on the brink of elimination, and only in contention mathematically (that too with a glimmer of hope). On the other hand, RCB also are in a similar position, ranked No. 7, but have better chances to revamp their campaign and proceed further than bottom-lying DD.

DD and RCB’s last outing

Rishabh Pant set Kotla ablaze with scintillating strokeplay in DD’s last match, against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Coming out at 43 for 3, Pant slammed an outrageous 63-ball 128*. Pant’s last fifty came in 22 deliveries, including 26 runs off the last 5 balls of the innings, off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. DD added 135 in the last 10 overs.

However, Pant’s 128* — the highest score by an Indian in T20s — wasn’t enough to keep DD going in the tournament. An ordinary bowling performance and a brilliant return-to-form innings from local lad Shikhar Dhawan ensured another SRH win. DD had their best chance to test their rusty lower order but could manage a solitary wicket. In addition, skipper Kane Williamson slammed his sixth fifty of the season to confirm SRH further qualification.

RCB, on the other hand, are also coming on the back of a defeat against SRH. They needed only 147 after Tim Southee and Mohammed Siraj’s bowled brilliantly at the death. However, their tall batting line-up fell like ninepins against Bhuvi and co. A 5-win defeat prompted skipper Virat Kohli to admit “we were not good enough and not up to the mark.”

Both teams are as good as out of contention, but mathematically they may still make it to the top four. If not to the Playoffs, DD and RCB would still be desperate to finishing their season on a high. The lack of pressure may bring out the best from both the dugouts.

Editorial team of CricketCountry.