Kohli, de Villiers keep RCB's hopes alive in IPL

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers forged a 118-run stand to script a comfortable RCB win.

It was Pant's catch that finally removed Kohli, but De Villiers drove on. Tim Southee was the unfortunate bowler who eventually leaked 22 runs in the 17th over with Sharma smashing him for two sixes in a row.

Tye once again got the breakthrough when Russell top-edged a short-pitched delivery and Karthik also holed out at long off after hitting five fours and three sixes. Sharma remained unbeaten on 46 off 19 balls, boasting of a strike-rate of over 242. "Connecting through cricket...more power to people-to-people ties between India and Nepal", tweeted the PMOIndia. Sandeep Lamichhane became not just the first Nepalese to play here, but also take a wicket. Kohli and ABD partnership is yet to click in this year's IPL. When he returned to the field in the 16th over, he was smashed for two fours and two sixes by Karthik. RCB, on the other hand will look forward to put their everything to win this match. He opened the innings against Parthiv Patel and Moeen Ali, and had Patel trapped in front for six.

Analysing Delhi's another sorry campaign, Hopes added: "We were just not able to win close games". Cometh the hour, cometh the greats. The South African star, who brought up the winning runs in style with a six off pacer Trent Boult, hit four boundaries and six sixes during his stay in the middle. De Villiers took a little time to settle down before unleashing the heavy artillery. By the end of the over, Delhi crossed the 100-run mark for the loss of two wickets courtesy of Rishabh Pant.

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The tweaker: Clearly the plaudits go to De Villiers and Kohli for their knocks but the contributions of Yuzvendra Chahal with the ball was pivotal in giving Dan Vettori's side something to build from. A lap sweep from wide outside the off stump against Boult had even Kohli gaping in awe.

In a must win encounter for Royal Challengers Bangalore here at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on Saturday, captain Virat Kohli (70 off 40) and AB de Villiers (72 off 37, unbeaten) combined in excellent fashion to help their side chase a 182-run target against already eliminated hosts Delhi Daredevils to clinch a 5-wicket win and remain on course for reaching the play-offs of the Indian Premier League.

Today's matches: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai at Pune from 4 pm; Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals at Mumbai from 8 pm.

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