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It turned out to be a cracker of a game at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Saturday (May 12) night. A magnificent fifty each from AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) sealed the fate of Delhi Daredevils (DD). The hosts now are officially out of the IPL while the Bangalore side still have chances to make it to the playoffs.

IPL 2018: RCB Register Convincing Five-wicket Win Over Daredevils at Kotla
Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Chasing 182 to win, openers Parthiv Patel and Moeen Ali failed to provide the ideal start. But the reliable duo of Kohli and de Villiers did the bulk of a job once again.

The South African batter remained unbeaten on 72, smashing a six in the final over to take his side home comfortably by five wickets.

Well, the skipper of the Delhi Daredevils side Shreyas Iyer must have been disappointed with the way the game panned out.

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AB de Villiers. Photo by: Rahul Gulati SPORTZPICS

The hosts made 181 yet lost the game. Iyer scored 32 while in-form batsman Rishabh Pant top-scored with 61 off 34. Youngster Abhishek Sharma, playing his first game, hit an impressive 46 off 19 balls.

Kohli’s charisma has been amazing. He is idolized by fans and respected by teammates. Recently, all-rounder Chris Woakes, who played alongside Kohli in the ongoing IPL, spoke highly of the skipper.

“Having to share a dressing room with him has been a great experience,” said Woakes, who is playing in his second IPL season.

 

“He is passionate about playing cricket for RCB and India as well. Obviously, we expect some good challenges ahead against him this summer back in England,” he added.

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AB de Villiers. Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Middle-order batsman Mandeep Singh scored 13 off 14 balls but missed out finishing the game. After the win, he said

“Enjoyed that victory a lot. Very happy. We haven’t been able to finish close games properly, but that’s how it goes. Virat and AB made it look so easy. I found it difficult to bat, low and slow, but they made it so easy,” Mandeep maintained.

Interestingly, it was a sixth win in a row at the Kotla for RCB.

Let’s check out how the internet reacted to the impressive win:

https://twitter.com/imjsk27/status/995353284561924096

https://twitter.com/SirJadejaaaa/status/995355361363177472

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Sayantan Bhattacharjee

A student of the game. Averaged 35-plus in gully cricket.