In what was considered to be an unimportant contest, RCB announced their arrival back in the tournament, riding on the back of their most dependable duo, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli.
Batting first, Delhi started off slow. Having lost 2 early wickets, Delhi were in a state of trouble. It was now in the hands of Captain Shreyas Iyer and the in-form wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant. Iyer played a composed inning of 32 off 35 balls. Pant, on the other hand, continued his cracking form. The pocket size dynamite launched yet another attack on the opposition bowlers. In the 34 balls he faced, he hit 5 fours and 4 sixes before getting out to Moeen Ali for a score of 61.
Delhi didn’t look good to post big score after Pant’s wicket. If it were not for the unexpected heroics of 17 year-old Abhishek Sharma, Delhi wouldn’t have managed to score 181. Abhishek scored a quick 19-ball 46 and made a name for himself against some quality bowlers.
Chasing 182, RCB had the worst of start. Both their openers, Patel and Moeen Ali returned back to the pavilion before the end of 3rd over. RCB then had their two best men on the field. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers brought back some memories of 2016. They stuck in there and supported each other extremely well. Both of them went on to score 50s and scripted the win for RCB.
Before getting out to Amit Mishra in the 14th over, Virat scored a brilliant 70 off 40-balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes.
AB, on the other hand, remained in there till the very end of the inning and made sure RCB got across the line quite comfortably. AB de Villiers played yet another special inning. His 37-ball 72 took RCB home with 1 over to spare.
After this win, RCB are still in for a place in the qualifiers. If they manage to win all their remaining games, they would still be in contention for one of the top 4 spots.
If Kohli and de Villiers can continue to play the way they did today, I don’t think if there is any reason why RCB can’t keep their hopes of qualifying to the next stage of the tournament alive.