IPL: Kohli, de Villiers keep RCB’s hopes alive
New Delhi: Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Delhi Daredevils by five wickets last night to keep their hopes alive for a spot in IPL play-offs.
Star duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers shared a scintillating 118- run stand off 64 balls to script a victory.
Riding on Kohli’s 70 runs off 40 balls and de Villiers 72 not out off 37, Bangalore chased the target in 19 overs.
Earlier, sent into bat, Delhi Daredevils scored 181 for four. Pant continued his destructive form before Sharma impressed immensely on his IPL debut.
Sharma was one of three IPL debutants for Delhi along side Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane and South African pacer Junior Dala.
Lamichhane too stood out with his performance as he took Parthiv Patel’s wicket and conceded 25 runs in four overs. Dala, on the other hand, was disappointing leaking 34 runs in three overs.
Pant raced to his fourth fifty of the season off 27 balls and was poised for another big innings. It only took a special effort to remove Pant with de Villiers holding on to a spectacular sliding catch at long-on.
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.
That was when Sharma stepped in and took the opposition by surprise. Tim Southee was the unfortunate bowler who eventually leaked 22 runs in the 17th over with Sharma smashing him for two sixes in a row.
The 17-year-old belied his age with such clean and powerful hitting in an innings that comprised four sixes and three boundaries.
The last 29 balls fetched 61 runs for Delhi with Sharma and Vijay Shankar (21 off 20) sharing an unbeaten 61-run stand off 30 balls.