After a disappointing few days for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), they finally came back to form with a resounding victory over the Delhi Daredevils. AB de Villiers was at his imperious best and smashed a 39-ball 90 which was studded with 10 fours and five sixes.
Earlier in the day, it was Rishabh Pant who smashed 85 of 48 deliveries which included six fours and seven sixes. They set a total of 174 in their allotted 20 overs which weren’t a winning score under any stress of imagination.
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It was Royal Challengers’ skipper Virat Kohli, who won the toss and while following the current trend put the oppositions in.
Delhi Daredevils got off to the worst possible start losing their skipper and opener Gautam Gambhir in the third over. It was Umesh Yadav who provided the maiden breakthrough.
Gambhir’s opening partner Jason Roy also looked totally out of sorts. He wasn’t able to find the gaps and was dismissed after making merely five runs off 16 deliveries. It also didn’t allow Delhi to get off to a reasonable start.
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It was a brilliant partnership by Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant which got Delhi right back into the game. Iyer was the one who started of smashing the flurry of boundaries. It also allowed Pant to get himself going.
Iyer looked in fluent touch during his brilliant knock of 52 of 31 deliveries. However, the late impetus was provided by southpaw Rishabh Pant.
He literally started taking on the Bangalore bowlers in the last five overs. It was some sensational hitting by the young lad Pant. He kept depositing the bowlers out of the ground. He was eventually dismissed by Corey Anderson in the final over of the innings.
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However, by then Pant’s innings had allowed the visitors to post a competitive total. Yuzvendra Chahal returned as the most successful bowler for Bangalore bagging two for 22 in three overs.
Chasing more than a competitive total Bangalore didn’t begin well as they lost Manan Vohra in the second over of the bowling of Glenn Maxwell.
Southpaw Quinton de Kock also fell early as a good throw from Vijay Shankar sent him back to the pavilion. The two best batsmen in the world joined hands to get Bangalore out of the tricky situation.
Both Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers looked in complete command of proceedings. Kohli played himself in for a well constructed 30 which included a couple of fours and a six.
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However, a sensational catch at the boundary ropes by Trent Boult brought a premature end to Kohli’s innings. His partner De Villiers then took it upon himself to finish the deal for Bangalore.
It was some exceptional hitting by Mr 360 which totally put Delhi on the backfoot. Boundaries kept flowing from his bat and the Delhi bowlers didn’t found a trick to stop the onslaught.
De Villiers’ blazing knock helped Bangalore to chase the total down with a couple of overs to spare.
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There was a time when de Villiers smashed four consecutive boundaries when Shahbaz Nadeem was bowling. He looked in complete command of proceedings and never allowed Daredevils to come back into the match. He kept smashing all around the park.
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Delhi Daredevils 174/5 in 20 overs (Rishah Pant 85, Shreyas Iyer 51, Yuzvendra Chahal 2/22)
Royal Challengers Bangalore 176/4 in 18 overs (AB de Villiers 90*, Virat Kohli 30, Glenn Maxwell 1/13)