RCB defeat DD, stay alive in IPL

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore rode on a Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers special to as they kept their Vivo IPL 2018 play-off hopes alive with a five-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla. For the first time in IPL's history, Nepali player Sandeep Lamichhane is taking part. Bowling first is better at this stage, because it's easier for batsmen to take responsibility.

The Daredevils' tally swelled from 120-4 to 181-4 as they allowed Sharma to step into Pant's shoes, notching 21 in a 22-run 17th over to set a far more hard target for the visitors.

But Mujeeb's absence due to injury cost Punjab heavily in the middle overs as Karthik and Andre Russell (31) propelled the innings with a 76-run fourth-wicket stand off just 31 balls. Ab de Villiers received the Man of the Match award for his batting brilliance. We've done this many times in the past.

Kohli said after the game: "I wasn't happy with the way we finished with the ball, but in the mid-innings break, AB told me, "Don't worry, we'll get this", and that helped me get in the zone".

Experienced leg-spinner Amit Mishra finally got rid of Kohli with a delivery that turned away sharply after spinning. While Iyer got out after playing a slow knock of 32 runs in 35 balls, Pant went on to yet another fifty.

Earlier, DD gave youngsters Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane and Junior Dala their IPL debuts with the 17-year old Abhishek, an under-19 World Cupper, proving he had both the temperament and skills.

Young Abhishek Sharma's quick fire 46 runs off 19 balls at a strike rate of 242.11 helped DD to post a good total of 181/4 on the board at the end of their 20 overs.

A little later Chahal sent back Jason Roy in a similar fashion as the Englishman failed to read the wrong one off the Indian spinner's hands, leaving Delhi at two for 16 in the third over. They shared a 93-run stand with Pant doing the bulk of the damage. One, already an established star and the other, on the way to becoming one. 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. It eventually ended with both Kohli and Pant smiling. Deservedly, he stuck the winning runs, a massive six over long-off. He made 61 runs from 34 balls, and at the point of his dismissal, Delhi was at 109-3 in 13 overs.

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