De Villiers, Kohli half-centuries seal comfortable win for RCB

Shreyas Iyer looking for Delhi Daredevils to hit back against RCB

The result: Delhi Daredevils 4-181 (Pant 61, Chahal 2-28) lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 5-187 (De Villiers 72no, Boult 2-40) by five wickets with six balls remaining.

The biggest talking point of the evening though, aside from the batting bromance between Kohli and AB de Villiers that sealed the game in favour of RCB, was the Delhi management's decision to reward some of its untapped potential with a game, thus giving debuts to India U-19 cricketer Abhishek Sharma, Nepalese spinner Sandeep Lamichchane and South African pacer Junior Dala.

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) IPL 2018 match will be played at the at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore.

Earlier, Delhi had scored 181/4 in their stipulated 20 overs batting first.

The 17-year-old belied his age with such clean and powerful hitting in an innings that comprised four sixes and three boundaries.

Despite the interruption, the RCB captain went on to smash 70 runs off just 40 balls. If RCB win remaining three matches, they will move to a total of 14 points.

Boult is the IPL's third-highest wicket-taker with 15 from 12 matches, but he and fellow Black Cap Colin Munro are no chance of reaching the playoffs after Delhi suffered their ninth defeat.

Kohli, the local boy, after ending up on the winning side in a do-or-die game stressed that the table is still wide open and that his team needs to capitalise upon the momentum they've got.

"Bowling first is better in this stage, because it's easier for batsmen to take responsibility. That's what works for our boys".

Sunil Narine was chosen as the 'Player of the Match'. Ashwin slammed four boundaries and three huge sixes in his innings of 45 but it wasn't meant to be as Punjab fell short by 31 runs. "I was disappointed getting out since we had the run-rate in control".

Narine capitalized on an early dropped catch when Mujeebur Rahman injured his bowling hand in his second over while attempting a hard return catch. When he returned to the field in the 16th over, he was smashed for two fours and two sixes by Karthik. He took those wickets at an average of 27.92. He finished his quota of overs, conceding just the 25. If they can continue that form, Punjab's bowlers could have another forgettable night. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was the most successful among the RCB bowlers with figures of 2/28. Russell found a thin edge off Gayle's mistimed pull and Mayank Agarwal followed next ball as he holed out in the deep while also attempting a pull shot.

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