IPL: Bangalore overcome Delhi by 10 runs

Jonathan Hernandez
May 15, 2017

It has been a season of colossal failure for the Virat Kohli-led side which has delivered way below its expectations.

Kohli also talked about potential retentions for next season.

With the wicket at the Ferozeshah Kotla playing tricky, the Delhi bowlers had done well to keep the likes of Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle in check.

Attention turns to Feroz Shah Kotla for the last game of this year's IPL league stage.

They made at least one change in last seven matches in 2015, all 14 matches in 2016 and first 13 matches in this edition.3 Number of overseas players for both teams in the match - first time this has happened in the IPL.4 Number of fifties Virat Kohli has scored in 6 IPL matches at Delhi.

Opening batsman Vishnu Vinod (3) didn't trouble the scorers as he was bowled by Pat Cummins in the fifth ball of the fifth over. In his next two overs, he conceded just the one boundary.

Despite not producing necessary results for a place in the playoff, the performances of local youngsters - Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson - would have pleased coach Rahul Dravid, who will be hoping for a positive finish to the season. It all started with Harshal Patel dealing Delhi a double blow in the 12th over, accounting for Iyer and Marlon Samuels off successive deliveries.

At the end of the 10th over, Daredevils were 76 or two, needing 86 runs off 60 balls. Pawan Negi had excellent returns of 3 for 10 in two overs, while Travis Head picked up two wickets in three overs.

Earlieer, having failed to open his account in the last two matches, Gayle started RCB's innings in earnest, clipping Daredevils captain Zaheer Khan off his legs for two boundaries in the first over.

Kohli got in on the act, effortlessly launching Corey Anderson's first ball for six over long-on with phenomenal timing and clearing the ropes again in a 12th over from Amit Mishra which went for 19 and included another six from Gayle.

However, Gayle fell two runs short of a half century, as Shahbaz Nadeem had him caught at midwicket for a rather soft dismissal. Pant, however, was running out of partners as wickets tumbled at regular intervals post the 15th over.

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.

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