Both the teams will be seeking a good end to their misfiring campaign on a positive note on the last game of the league matches in IPL 10. Both the franchises are already out of the playoffs and would want to forget the season and their performances.
While Delhi was quite inconsistent, Bangalore had suffered a horrible fate right from the start. Even as the Daredevils shocked Rising Pune Supergiant by seven runs in their last match, at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Royal Challengers Bangalore were made to bite the dust by Kolkata Knight Riders in their last game.
RCB are languishing at the bottom of the table with just two wins and 10 defeats after 13 matches, Daredevils are placed a shade better at sixth position with six victories and seven losses in as many games as their beleaguered opponents.
Kohli, who smashed a record-shattering 973 runs last year including four centuries, barely managed 250 runs this season.
It was a remarkable dip by his own standards. He missed the first three games to recover from a shoulder injury and the tide did not turn for good even after his return.
Big-hitting opener Gayle and AB de Villiers were major disappointments as was Shane Watson, who conceded it was his worst IPL season ever.
Royal Challengers defending a 157 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, strangled the life of Delhi’s chase to register a 15-run victory, their first win of the tournament. Daredevils needed 21 off the final over with Pant, in tremendous hitting form, and Amit Mishra at the crease. Shane Watson conceded two runs off the penultimate over, and Pawan Negi allowed just three runs off the final over, his first of the season. For the first time since 2013, a team had successfully defended under 160 in the IPL on this ground.
Royal Challengers surprised many when they chose to bat and were quickly reduced to 55 for 3 in the ninth over. Jadhav not only played a blistering innings but put his team on course for a par score. But the majority of the work was done by Royal Challengers’ bowlers, all of whom contributed with at least a wicket each, to complete one of the toughest tasks in the IPL.
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Unlike the previous seasons, RCB’s batting has been the biggest disappointment with the likes of Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Kohli himself not stepping up. RCB’s three leg-spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal (14 wickets), Pawan Negi (13) and Samuel Badree (9 wickets) have been the only ones who stood up and Delhi will be wary of that threat. The season has been a failure for both teams.