RCB beat DD by 5 wickets

Chris Woakes is going through a rough patch for Royal Challengers Bangalore Indian Premier League 2018

Chris Woakes is going through a rough patch for Royal Challengers Bangalore Indian Premier League 2018

Meanwhile, Kohli looked relaxed ahead of the must-win game as he went out for dinner with teammates in his home city. Although Kohli fell to Mishra in the 14th over, de Villiers continued unflustered in the company of Mandeep Singh.

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers produced a batting masterclass as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated Delhi Daredevils by five wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here on Saturday. Lamichhane, thus, became the first player from Nepal to play in the IPL. Pacer Harshal Patel, who was promoted up the order showed great maturity in resurrecting Delhi's innings with Pant but it will be interesting to see if head coach Ricky Ponting still wants to pursue with misfiring Glenn Maxwell, whose dismal run in the tournament have been a headache for the side.

Delhi suffered their first blow in the opening over itself when opener Prithvi Shaw was bowled while attempting a rather languid shot off Chahal's bowling.

The unsafe duo of Pant and skipper Shreyas Iyer (32 off 35) then got together to resurrect the innings. Besides Kohli, the onus of piling up a mammoth score will be on South African stars AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock and New Zealander Colin de Grandhomme.

A little later Chahal sent back Jason Roy in a similar fashion as the Englishman failed to read the wrong one off the Indian spinner's hands, leaving Delhi reeling at two for 16 in the third over. He hammered four huge sixes and five boundaries before Moeen ended the rampage when Pant attempted another big hit, only to be caught by de Villiers near the long-on boundary. The RCB have the same number of points but sit a place above Delhi with one less game and a slightly better net run-rate. Makes things simpler for the person at the other end.

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Kohli eventually departed after a 40-ball 70.

But de Villiers, who hit six sixes and four boundaries in his 37-ball knock, made sure Bangalore didn't suffer any more hiccups and raised the victory by smashing Trent Boult (2-40) over the long off boundary.

DD's another debutant Lamichhane also gave a good account of himself and accounted for Patel for 6 in the third over by means of an lbw.

Earlier, RCB's bowlers began well with early scalps, but Pant and Abhishek wrested the momentum DD's way and led the side to a competitive total.

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