Royal Challengers Bangalore bowed out of this year’s Indian Premier League with a consolation 10-runs victory over Delhi Daredevils on Sunday night ( May 14) at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

Chasing 161, the Daredevils went off to a worst possible start, as their in-form opener Sanju Samson was dismissed for a two-ball duck by the debutant Avesh Khan.

Karun Nair and Shreyas Iyer then steadied the ship with a 41-run stand before the former was sent back by Shane Watson. Another 46-run partnership between Iyer and Rishabh Pant set the tone for the chase but once Iyer was dismissed by Harshal Patel, the floodgates opened.

On the very next delivery, the right-arm pacer accounted for Marlon Samuels to leave the Daredevils reeling at 87 for five in the 12th over. 18 runs later, Corey Anderson also returned to the pavilion after scoring just three and the writing was very much on the wall when the home side lost two more wickets including the prized scalp of Rishabh Pant inside the next 14 runs.

But just when it looked all over for the Daredevils, Mohammed Shami reignited his team’s hope with a quickfire knock. The fast-bowler raced away to 21 off just eight balls after the end of the 19th over, as his side needed 13 runs from the final over.

However, the hopes soon quashed when Shami was stumped out on the second ball of the final over. The home side was eventually bowled out for 151.

Earlier, the Royal Challengers rode on their skipper Virat Kohli’s 58-run knock to post 161 for six in the allotted 20 overs. Kohli came to the crease when newly-promoted opener Vishnu Vinod was dismissed for only three by Pat Cummins. But Kohli and Chris Gayle steadied the ship with a 66-run stand before Gayle was sent back by Shahbaz Nadeem. The West Indian was dismissed for 48 off 38 deliveries including three fours and three maximums.

The Royal Challengers struggled to get going in the mid overs when Kohli, Travis Head, Kedar Jadhav and Sachin Baby returned to the hut in quick succession but before Pawan Negi played a cameo of 13 runs from just five balls to guide them to a good total.

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