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

Beth Cruz
May 15, 2017

It seemed his team had forgotten how to win for much of the ongoing Indian Premier League season, and despite a wooden-spoon finish that would be unchanged with victory, Kohli was eager for it.

For RCB, the debutant Avesh Khan clocked good speeds and generated steep bounce, hit the bat high on the maker's name, and provided the first-over strike.

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.

In response, the Daredevils starts well, despite Samson falling for a duck, but in the end fell short by 10 runs.

Off-spinner Head made further problems for Delhi, removing Anderson (3) and Cummins (7) in the 16th over, as the hosts reeled at 113/ 6, still requiring 49 runs. When we look back, we can see we needed experience in these sorts of games.

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

Amit Mishra beautifully played Negi over his head for a six, but was stumped two balls later, as Daredevils required 27 in two overs, which in the end proved to be a tall ask.

However, his opening partner Vishnu Vinod was dismissed early and cheaply (3 off 9) when Pat Cummins rattled his stumps in his very first over.

Rishabh Pant continued his fine season with the bat with 45 off 34 deliveries but Delhi's chase faded away after a middle-order collapse of five wickets for 32 runs and they were ultimately bowled out for 151 with the last ball of the match. Kohli tried for another big shot on the next ball, but Zaheer anticipated it and sent a fuller delivery that messed his timing and it went straight to the fielder.

Languishing at the bottom of the table, RCB were 66 for one at the halfway stage.

Kohli struck three sixes and as many fours, and ditto for Gayle too.

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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