IPL 2017, DD vs RCB: Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Jonathan Hernandez
May 15, 2017

Captain Virat Kohli's 58 helped Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) reach 161/6 in 20 overs against Delhi Daredevils in an inconsequential contest of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Ferozeshah Kotla here on Sunday.

In Pat Cummins, Mohammad Shami and Zaheer Khan, they have a pace attack that ticks all the boxes and can be lethal in any conditions against any batting line-up as they have the flawless mix of pace, precision, and variety. Zaheer, after breaking his five-match wicket drought in the last game, finished with figures of 1 for 31 in what could be the 38-year-old last IPL match.

Kohli, for who the Feroz Shah Kotla is his home ground in domestic cricket, played his first authoritative stroke in the eighth over when he whipped one on his pads to the midwicket boundary. Pawan Negi had excellent returns of 3 for 10 in two overs, while Travis Head picked up two wickets in three overs.

After a period of calm, during which both batsmen rotated the strike, Gayle cut loose in the twelfth over when he deposited Amit Mishra into the stands at midwicket; Kohli too joined in, as he hit the leg-spinner for a six and a four through midwicket.

Meanwhile, Kohli brought up his fifty - his fourth of the season - off 39 balls, but got out soon after he clobbered Zaheer over deep midwicket for his third six in what could be the former India seamer's final IPL game. His lofted drive off medium pacer Corey Anderson in the first ball of the ninth over was a joy to watch as it completed 50 runs for the southern outfit.

Avesh Khan was making his Twenty20 debut.

DD's chase was rocked at the start when they lost Sanju Samson without a run on the board. He also contributed with a sharp runout of Travis Head (2 off 2) and the big wicket of Kohli in the eventful 17th over.

Shami and Mishra then tried their best, swinging their bats for several boundaries and bringing the equation down to 35 off 18 balls.

In the end, Delhi fell short by only 10 runs, as they were bowled for 151 on the last ball. He finished his first over on T20 debut conceding just two runs and a wicket.

71 in 2008.3 Number of matches won by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL2017 - two of these three wins have come against Delhi Daredevils!0 Delhi Daredevils remained the only team in the IPL2017 which failed to beat Royal Challengers even once.

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