Kohli, de Villiers keep RCB's hopes alive in IPL


Virat Kohli's love and his respective ability to perform successful run-chases and it is no secret that he likes to chase down mammoth targets compared to setting them.

Royal Challengers promoted Moeen to open alongside Parthiv Patel, but they were both dismissed inside the first three overs.

Both the teams made a few changes going into this match, as the RCB captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bowl first. Iyer's sluggish innings (32 off 35) ended 13 balls later when he was holed out by Siraj. "But in the mid-innings break, AB told me "don't worry, we're getting this"," Kohli said. Kohli's post read: "Have always loved batting with this guy". In the past, we have done this. The two combined for 11 boundaries and nine sixes but even more remarkably, Virat Kohli was left speechless after an audacious whip from his Protea partner went for six, proving despite all the time spent together in the middle, they could still surprise one another. Where others may have stumbled, the class and experience of two of world cricket's most valuable commodities shined through and their contributions equalled a vital win for their franchise. 180 on the board, it was a stiff chase. Glad to finish on a winning note.

"We had to work with depleted bowling resources (after injury to Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris) but that is part of the game", he added. He said: "It's an honour for me to bat with AB". Playing at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, the visitor's trounced Delhi by five wickets with an over to spare on Saturday (May 12). Trent Boult, the only consistent DD bowler, did pick up two wickets but there was little support at the other end.

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Kohli never gave up his conventional approach but kept up a hot pace of scoring to make sure the target never got tough reaching the halfway mark. Notably, the skipper got out on 70 (off 40 balls), with the team still needing 46 runs at run-a-ball.

But if he had got those four runs, he would have become the youngest to score a fifty in the history of the league at 17 years and 250 days.

"That's why I was disappointed". On the other hand, Junior Dala's first over went for 17 runs - with Kohli picking his lengths and lines to perfection, keeping RCB well ahead of the required run-rate. "It cost us 10-12 balls to get the victory".

The RCB captain marred Daredevils' third debutant Junior Dala's hopes of a good IPL start as he greeted the South African with two fours and a six in the fourth over. The six was a hurried slog sweep and it was a similar shot off the last ball of Moeen's spell that accounted for the IPL's top-scorer this season, completed with a tumble at wide long-on by de Villiers.