De Villiers, Kohli script DD’s tournament exit

Published : 8:59 am  May 14, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 


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A century stand between Skipper Virat Kohli and A. B. de Villiers took Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to their sixth successive win against Delhi Daredevils (DD) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) the Feroz Shah Kotla as the visitors cruised to a five-wicket win in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match played on Saturday (12). 

Chasing 182, after Kohli fell for a 40-ball 70, de Villiers held his own, remaining unbeaten on 72 to take the side over the line with an over to spare to keep RCB alive in the tournament, and officially knocking DD out of IPL 2018 – the sixth successive time that they have failed to progress beyond the league stage.

Kohli took a leaf out of Delhi’s game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad and opted to chase with dew playing a part in the second-half of the innings. 

It was the perfect time for Kohli and de Villiers to unite to take RCB over the line. So far this season, the duo hadn’t clicked to forge a significant stand, but on the night, with two early wickets fallen, the pair came together to add 118 for the third wicket, en route respective half-centuries. 

Kohli’s fifty – his 34th – that came off just 26 balls was his joint-fastest in the IPL. The century stand was their eighth in the IPL, soon after which Kohli fell, holing out to Pant after Amit Mishra had him sucked into the drive that got an edge. 

Kohli departed for a 40-ball 70, but de Villiers stood strong. RCB needed 24 in three overs, and they ended up crossing the line easily in the end with an over to spare.

Earlier, Rishabh Pant continued from that unbeaten 128 against Sunrisers Hyderabad the other night to notch up yet another half-century.