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IPL 2016 – RCB vs DD: Kohli 54* Powers RCB To Playoffs

By on May 23, 2016

Royal Challengers Bangalore 139 for 4 (Kohli 54*) beat Delhi Daredevils 138 for 8 (de Kock 60, Chahal 3-32) by six wickets…

Virat Kohli played another match-winning innings as Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Delhi Daredevils by six wickets to march into playoffs of the Indian Premier League season nine in Raipur on Sunday. The victory, their fourth in a row, also took RCB to the second in the standings and avoided the Eliminator in the next stage.

After bowlers limited Delhi to a modest total of 138/8, Kohli carried his bat through the innings and scored atypical unbeaten 54 off 45 balls, hitting six fours, to complete the chase with 11 balls to spare. In the process, Kohli also crossed 900-run mark and now has 919 runs from 14 innings.

Lokesh Rahul contributed a brisk 38 off 23 balls, which included a six and four boundaries, and added 66 for the third wicket with Kohli to steady the chase after they lost two wickets early in their innings.

RCB lost in-form Chris Gayle to Chris Morris, who struck with his first ball of the innings, in the second over. Delhi skipper Zaheer Khan then increased Delhi’s hopes further by dismissing AB de Villiers in the third over, with Jayant Yadav taking a brilliant catch diving forward at cover-point. RCB were struggling at 17/2 in 2.4 overs, but they had Kohli standing tall at the other end.

IPL 2016 - RCB vs DD: Virat Kohli

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After that Kohli and Rahul eased the chase and guided RCB comfortably to 83/2 at the halfway mark, leaving them to score 56 runs in final ten overs. But the partnership was broken with the fall of Rahul to Carlos Brathwaite in the 11th.

Pawan Negi dismissed Shane Watson in the 15th over but it was ‘too little too late’ for Delhi as RCB needed just 28 in the final five overs. Kohli then completed another well-deserved fifty off 40 balls as he took RCB home in the 19th over.

Earlier, spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Gayle shared five Delhi wickets to restrict Daredevils to 138/8. Chahal finished with figures of 3/32 and jumped to top in the highest wicket-takers list with 19 scalps, whereas Gayle’s exploits with the ball was 2/11 in two overs. For Delhi, Quinton de Kock scored a watchful 52-ball 60 with the help of a six and five fours.

Sent in to bat, Delhi started their innings on the wrong note as they lost opener Rishabh Pant early in the second over to Sreenath Aravind. De Kock kept the runs ticking with last-match hero Karun Nair, hitting occasional boundaries, and took Delhi to 41/1 after five overs.

RCB skipper Kohli then brought spinner in the sixth and it changed the course of the game as Chahal removed Nair to break the 31-run stand while conceding just two runs. The spinner was smacked for a six and a four in his second over but came back strongly in his third to dismiss Sanju Samson (17) as Delhi reached 75/3 at the halfway mark.

Two overs later, Gayle took a stunning catch at point to get rid of Sam Billings off Chris Jordan. With wickets falling at regular intervals, Delhi struggled to score freely. De Kock was the only one to give a fight as he completed his fifty off 43 balls in the 14th over.

But Gayle returned with the ball in the 15th over and made the situation more grim for Delhi by taking two wickets – Negi and Brathwaite – in it. De Kock hit a four off Aravind in the 16th, the first boundary in 39 balls, to break a long boundary-drought but two balls later the opener became the third victim of Chahal. Morris, 27 not out off 18 balls, added a useful 31 off 23 balls with Yadav to take Delhi to 138 in the end.

Source: Times of India

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