Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli - after humouring an interloper and posing mid-pitch for a photograph - joined AB de Villiers to usher in a five-wicket victory over bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils on Sunday (NZT). Sunsrisers Hyderabad have already booked their slot in the play-offs, while Delhi Daredevils have suffered elimination, which leaves six teams still in contention for the upcoming stages of the league.
The other set batsman, Iyer, too departed soon after Pant's fall, hurting the innings momentum to leave Delhi at 120 four in 15.1 overs. Where do they stand on the IPL points table Bangalore moved to seventh in the standings after its fourth win?? and needs to win its remaining three games to stay in the hunt for the top four.
AB de Villiers was chosen as the 'Player of the Match'. He ended the match with a straight hit over the fence off Trent Boult.
South Africa's start batsman De Villiers saw to that, ending unbeaten on a 37-ball 72, a knock comprising four fours and six sixes.
Then it was a complete show as the debutant and all-rounder Abhishek Sharma hampered the Bangalore bowling attack in the death overs.
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It was no mean feat for a 17-year-old - hitting an worldwide bowler out of the park twice easily.
In IPL cricket, Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Delhi Daredevils by five wickets last night. Kohli and ABD partnership is yet to click in this year's IPL.
With the target just a stone's throw away, Kohli (70) was caught by keeper Rishabh Pant off leg spinner Amit Mishra. They will now have to win at least a couple of matches out of the three left and the opponent they are facing on Monday are in a similar situation as well. Given the new ball, the wrist-spinner removed Prithvi Shaw (2) and Jason Roy (12) with two stunning deliveries, the latter completely undone by a wrong-un. Pacer Harshal Patel, who was promoted up the order showed great maturity in resurrecting Delhi's innings with Pant but it will be interesting to see if head coach Ricky Ponting still wants to pursue with misfiring Glenn Maxwell, whose dismal run in the tournament have been a headache for the side.
Virat Kohli and Mandeep Singh fell after AB de Villiers crossed 50. Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Nadeem and Liam Plunkett made in way for Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane and Junior Dala. Chahal's figures of 2-28 in 4 overs was the highlight of the bowling by RCB. It will also air on Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 Hindi HD in Hindi commentary.