Royal Challengers Bangalore kept their playoff hopes alive in the ongoing Indian Premier League as the dynamic duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers forged a scintillating 118-run stand off 64 balls to script a 5-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils at Kotla on Saturday.
Thanks to Kohli’s 40-ball 70 (7 fours and 3 sixes) and De Villiers’ unbeaten 72 runs off 37 balls (4 fours and 6 sixes), RCB chased down the highly competitive target of 182 with an over to spare.
Following the emphatic win, RCB skipper took to micro-blogging site Twitter and shared a special message for his friend De Villiers.
Virat posted an image of his partnership with Kohli and captioned it as: “Have always loved batting with this guy. Makes things simpler for the person at the other end. Today was yet another special partnership. Glad to finish on a winning note. #DDvRCB #IPL2018 @ABdeVilliers17”.
After being put into bat, Delhi has amassed 181/4 in their 20 overs. Rishabh Pant (61 off 34) and the debutant Abhishek Sharma (46 not out off 19) were the major contributors for DD.
In reply, RCB were reduced to 18/2 in the third over before Kohli-De Villiers masterclass rescued them out of the deep hole. The dup played quite a few jaw-dropping strokes to enthrall the capacity Kotal crowd. Even though it was Delhi’s home game, it seemed most of the fans had turned up to chant Kohli and ABD.
It was RCB's fourth win in 11 games and they are still in the contention for a playoff spot. The Bangalore-based franchise will now play their next game against the Kings XI Punjab in Indore on Monday (May 14).