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NEW DELHI: Skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers scored fifty apiece to help Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Delhi Daredevils by five wickets in their must-win game at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on Saturday. The victory kept RCB alive in the tournament, even though they remained at seventh in the 2018 Indian Premier League standings.

Scorecard | As it happened

De Villiers finished off the chase in style with a six over long-off as RCB chased down the competitive 182-run target with an over to spare. The fourth win in 11 games took RCB’s tally to eight points, but they still need to win all their remaining three games to land a play-off spot.

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Daredevils, who are already out of contention, suffered their ninth defeat in 12 games to remain stuck at the bottom of the points table.

De Villiers remained unbeaten on 72 off 37 balls, which included six maximums and four boundaries, whereas Kohli contributed 70 off 40 balls with the help of three sixes and seven fours. The duo added match-winning 118 runs off just 66 balls.

RCB though had a disastrous start to their run chase as they lost their openers inside three overs for 18 runs. Delhi pace spearhead Trent Boult struck with his first ball to dismiss Moeen Ali in the second over. Debutant Sandeep Lamichhane, who became the first cricketer from Nepal to play in IPL, then trapped Parthiv Patel leg before in the next over.

But Kohli was in mood today as he smacked a six and two fours off Junior Dala to score 17 runs in the fourth over. Kohli and de Villiers took RCB to 58/2 at the end of six Powerplay overs. Kohli then reached his fifty off 26 balls, his 34th of IPL, in the ninth over.

The duo were able to score at least a boundary every over as the visitors reached 95/2 at the halfway mark.

In the 13th over, Kohli smacked a six over mid-wicket off Harshal Patel to bring up the century partnership with the South African. De Villiers also reached his fifty off 28 balls in the same over as he hit a four and a six in consecutive balls. Veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra broke the stand in the next over by dismissing Kohli.

Needing 29 off four overs, Boult came back to the attack and clean bowled Mandeep Singh (13) in the first ball of the 17th over to give the home side a glimmer of hope. In the next over, Harshal Patel removed out-of-form Sarfaraz Khan (11) in the 18th over. But de Villiers completed the chase in the next over itself.

Earlier, Rishabh Pant continued his destructive form with a 34-ball 61 before Abhishek Sharma impressed on his IPL debut to push Daredevils to 181/4.

Sharma, who hammered an unbeaten 46 off 19 balls, was one of three IPL debutants for Delhi along side Lamichhane and Dala.

After opting to field, Kohli started with spin and it got him instant breakthrough with Yuzvendra Chahal castling the talented Prithvi Shaw with a wrong one. 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 16/2 in the third over.

The dangerous duo of Pant and skipper Shreyas Iyer (32 off 35) then got together to resurrect the innings. They shared a 93-run stand with Pant doing bulk of the damage.

Pant got going by depositing Mohammed Siraj for successive sixes in the eighth over. He 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 AB 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 120/4 in 15.1 overs.

That was when Sharma stepped in and took the opposition by surprise. The left-hander looked good from ball one when he smashed Siraj to the long-off boundary. Tim Southee leaked 22 runs in the 17th over with Sharma smashing him for two sixes in a row. The 17-year-old innings 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.

Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 187/5 in 19 overs (AB de Villiers 72*; Trent Boult 2/40 ) beat Delhi Daredevils 181/4 (Rishabh Pant 61; Yuzvendra Chahal 2/28) by five wickets

Updated: May 12, 2018 — 5:45 pm

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