Kohli, De Villiers power RCB to victory

Delhi: Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers lit up the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground with some sensational stroke-play on Saturday night and powered their team Royal Challengers Bangalore to an emphatic five-wicket win over the Delhi Daredevils. After opting to bowl, RCB’s now-familiar end-innings bowling woes surfaced once again, as they allowed the Daredevils to get to 181. The visitors then lost both openers cheaply, but Kohli and de Villiers resurrected the chase with a 118-run partnership. Virat was dismissed in the 14th over, with his team still needing 46 runs, but de Villiers stayed to the end and got the job done; he finished the chase in style, hitting a six over extra cover, and taking his own score to 72. RCB got past the finish line with one full over to spare.
The result meant that RCB are still alive in the race to the playoffs. It ended whatever remote mathematical possibility existed of the Daredevils progressing to the next stage of VIVO IPL 2018. Earlier in the evening, the Delhi Daredevilsrode on contributions from the left-handers in their line-up to get to 181-4. After the openers were dismissed cheaply, Rishabh Pant took control of proceedings and helped himself to yet another half-century. In the last five overs, Abhishek Sharma played some stunning shots in his cameo; the debutant scored 46 from 19 balls. DD were 44-2 at the end of the powerplay, added 76 in the middle overs, and then finished with a blast, adding 61 runs in the last five overs