Virat Kohli got to experience what MS Dhoni has experienced a few times in this season of the Indian Premier League as a fan breached the security at Feroz Shah Kotla to run up to the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper and touch his feet.
RCB's own hopes of reaching the post-season remain slim, but they at least have something to play for in the closing weeks of the tournament. RCB are now placed seventh on the Vivo IPL points table, after having managed to win just three of their 10 games so far. It is not every night that one could get to see Kohli, de Villiers, Rahul and Gayle bat during the course of four hours. He made 61 runs from 34 balls, and at the point of his dismissal, Delhi was at 109-3 in 13 overs.
398 - Robin Uthappa needs two more fours to complete 400 hits to the fence in the IPL.
It was no mean feat for a 17-year-old - hitting an global bowler out of the park twice easily. In the end it was the seasoned campaigner Virat Kohli (70) who stole Rishabh Pant's limelight at the Kotla. They will now have to win at least a couple of matches out of the three left and the opponent they are facing on Monday are in a similar situation as well. Chahal gave RCB the ideal start with the double scalps of Shaw and Jason Roy, who had their woodwork shattered after they failed to pick his googly. Kohli and ABD partnership is yet to click in this year's IPL.
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) IPL 2018 match will be played at the at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore. Glenn Maxwell, Liam Plunkett and Shahbaz Nadeem have been dropped. For Delhi, Trent Boult bowled the best with figures of 2 for 40 in four overs.
Even though the Daredevils might have officially lost out on a spot in the playoffs after this defeat, making their fixtures against Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians a mere formality, the Delhi team management can draw some confidence from the way their youngsters have performed in the season so far.
Following his departure, Mandeep Singh and Sarfaraz Khan's wickets gave Delhi a little hope but de Villiers (72 off 37 balls) stayed till the end to quash those hopes completely. The bowling department will be headed by pacemen Umesh Yadav and Tim Southee, while leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and offie Washington Sundar could prove handy in the middle overs.
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