After winning the toss, Kohli decided to put the Delhi Daredevils into bat. To start off the innings, Daredevils didn’t get the kind of start they might have wanted. Both the openers, Roy and Gambhir got out early for meagre scores of 5 and 3 respectively.
Then it was Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant who took the matter in their hands and spent a long period in the middle setting up the match for Delhi. Shreyas scored a fine 52 from 31 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes, while Pant slaughtered the opposition, scoring 85 off mere 48 balls with 6 boundaries and 7 maximums. They helped Delhi reach a respective total of 174 in their 20-overs.
Royal Challengers also didn’t get the start they wanted. Vohra returned to the pavilion in the 2nd over and was soon followed by de Kock. RCB then had their two best men in the middle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Kohli played an anchoring role, while de Villiers kept hitting the bowlers to all parts of the ground. Kohli soon got out for a score of 30 off 26 balls. It was Trent Boult on the boundary who pulled off a blinder to dismiss Kohli.
De Villiers stood in the middle to see his team home. His 90 off 39 balls helped Bangalore cruise to an easy win. He hit the bowlers to all parts of the ground and was well supported by Mandeep and Anderson. De Villiers hit 10 fours and 5 sixes in his match-winning innings and took the team home with 2 overs left.
Bangalore is still in a state where they are completely dependent on their two best men, Kohli and de Villiers. It is team built around them. If one or both of them perform, they win. If they don’t, Bangalore loses. The other players need to step up and take some responsibility. Kohli and de Villiers’ burden needs to be lessened in order to let them walk out and play freely. If Bangalore are to go forward in this tournament, Kohli and de Villiers have to be in a position where they don’t feel the exaggerated pressure anymore.