Virat Kohli (L) and AB de Villiers led RCB chase    AFP
Virat Kohli (L) and AB de Villiers led RCB chase AFP

Delhi Daredevils (DD) had picked up just one wicket in their previous clash, in defence of 187, against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi. In Match 45 of VIVO IPL 2018, their bowling woes continued against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) when they set out to defend 182. 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.

Shreyas Iyer started with Sandeep Lamichhane straight away. Lamichhane, the first Nepal cricketer to play IPL, was right on the money and left both RCB openers guessing. Even Rishabh Pant was at sea, conceding 4 byes in the first over. The pressure created by Lamichhane induced a poor stroke by Moeen Ali. Trent Boult accounted his 14th scalp of the ongoing season as Moeen mistimed a lofted drive and holed out to Prithvi Shaw at cover.

Then Lamichhane trapped Parthiv Patel generally a good player of spin lbw. Nepal will surely celebrate his heroics till the wee hours of Saturday.

Kohli and de Villiers took centre-stage from there. Kohli was in his elements, playing in his home ground, and tore Junior Dala apart. Poor Dala strayed in line, and Kohli pounced on the freebies. There were some vintage cover-drives from Kohli, every single of them middled perfectly. ABD took time to get going, but stayed there till the end. He had demolished DD bowlers in the reverse fixture, and remained unbeaten to take RCB home.

For DD, Lamichhane was the only bowler to gain some respect. He was hit but not quite obliterated by Kohli-ABD only after the pair settled in. Iyer should probably have bowled him out straight away. He returned with 4-0-25-1 including 10 dots. SIMPLY OUTSTANDING!

RCB did totter in a bit in the chase after Kohli’s dismissal. Mandeep Singh was bowled by Boult, while and Harshal Patel’s scoop was well anticipated and caught by Shaw at a deep fine-leg fine enough to be called a long-stop. DD, however, had no death bowler to pull off a heist. Patel leaked 14 runs when the equation read 24 off 18, courtesy 5 wides and some boundaries outside off.

In the end, ABD’s huge six took RCB home with 6 balls to spare.

Brief scores:

Delhi Daredevils 181 for 4 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 32, Rishabh Pant 61, Vijay Shankar 21*, Abhishek Sharma 46*, Yuzvendra Chahal 2 for 28, Moeen Ali 1 for 25) lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 187 for 5 in 19 overs (Virat Kohli 70, AB de Villiers 72*, Trent Boult 2 for 40, Sandeep Lamichhane 1 for 25) by 5 wickets with 6 balls to spare.

Player of the Match: AB de Villiers.