Skipper Virat Kohli (58 off 45 balls) struck a half century for RCB in the victory as his side posted 161-6 batting first. Kohli brought up his fifty, his fourth of the season, off 39 balls and it was another entertaining and important knock from the Indian captain. TOSS TIME! Royal Challengers Bangalore Captain Virat Kohli has won the toss and made a decision to bat first against Delhi Daredevils at Ferozeshah Kotla ground in the capital. 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.
With 12 points from 13 games, Delhi are already out of the race for the playoffs and moving to the fifth place may also be hard since Kings XI Punjab have 14 points and even if they lose, the Punjab outfit has a higher net run rate than the capital side. Given that RCB had lost two of their set batsmen at a time when a switch in gears was required, they stood up and provided the boundaries with the team being able to push their total past the 160-run mark, adding as many as 49 off the last four overs; that, despite losing their power-hitters.
Avesh Khan removed Sanju Samson in the first over of Delhi's reply, but Karun Nair (26) and Shreyas Iyer (32) made contributions for the home side to put them on course to chase down their target.
In response, the Daredevils starts well, despite Samson falling for a duck, but in the end fell short by 10 runs. When we look back, we can see we needed experience in these sorts of games.
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. Pawan Negi had excellent returns of 3 for 10 in two overs, while Travis Head picked up two wickets in three overs. The ball raced away into the boundary.
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. Iyer and Pant then began the recovery with a 46-run partnership. The DD captain though had the last laugh as he threw one wide, and Kohli couldn't control his lofted drive and holed out to long off. Kohli was dismissed for 58 (45 balls, 3 fours, 3 sixes) and RCB had slipped to 118-4.