It was an AB de Villiers (90 not out off 39 balls) show that not only lit up the M Chinnaswamy Stadium but also helped Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Delhi Daredevils by six wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Saturday night. Chasing 175 for victory, Bangalore lost their openers early but De Villiers and RCB captain Virat Kohli (30) steadied the innings and took the team forward. The South African superstar, who was adjudged the man of the match, played nonchalantly and did not let the opposition bowlers settle down. After this win, RCB are placed fifth, while Delhi are placed last. (Scorecard)
Earlier, Mighty innings from Shreyas Iyer (52) and Rishabh Pant (85) helped Delhi Daredevils post a competitive total of 174/5 in 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Put into the bat first, the hosts were in total control as they did not let the visitors have a solid start to their innings. Both openers Gautam Gambhir and Jason Roy looked out of form and did not pose much threat as they departed cheaply for 3 and 5 respectively. While RCB controlled the momentum of the game, Iyer and Pant steadied the Delhi innings and strung a 75-run partnership as they took the attack to the opposition. Iyer looked in top-form but was dismissed by a brilliant Washington Sundar delivery. However, Pant carried on the onslaught as he changed his gears soon.
After Iyer was dismissed, Pant stitched together a 65-run partnership with Rahul Tewatia and was sending the bowlers on a leather hunt. Few costly overs in the death helped Delhi post a competitive target. Pant was very well en route to his IPL hundred but was dismissed a slower Corey Anderson delivery. The RCB bowling department was on-point yet again but lost their plot towards the end. For the hosts, Yuzvendra Chahal finished with figures of 2/22, while Anderson, Washington and Umesh Yadav picked up a wicket each.
IPL 2018 highlights of Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils match, straight from M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
23:30 IST: Thank you for joining us on the live blog.
23:28 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore 173/4 beat Delhi Daredevils by six wickets.
23:26 IST: Four and four! AB de Villiers hits consecutive boundaries to help his team beat Delhi Daredevils by six wickets.
23:23 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore need 12 more runs in 18 balls.
23:20 IST: Four! Mandeep Singh slams Morris for a boundary straight down the ground.
23:15 IST: Six! Chris Morris bowls a slower delivery, Mandeep Singh heaves and top edges the ball over the keeper's head for a maximum. RCB are inching closer to the victory.
23:14 IST: RCB 149/4 in 16 overs need 26 more runs to win.
23:12 IST: OUT! Boult castles Anderson. The left-handed batsman makes room for himself, misses the ball and the stumps are all over the place.
23:10 IST: Six! A high full toss from Trent Boult gets dispatched to the audience. Corey Anderson was in position and was quick to pull the ball with authority for a maximum.
23:04 IST: Four! What better, De Villiers follows it up a boundary. Short and on the pads, De Villiers rolls his wrist and the ball goes past the fielder at short fine-leg for a boundary. HE IS ON FIRE!
23:02 IST: Six! Chris Morris bowls full and De Villiers says thank you. He clears the front leg and smacks the ball straight down the ground for a huge maximum, The South African is putting up a great show at Bangalore.
22:58 IST: Six! Over-pitched delivery from Rahul Tewatia, ABD comes down the track and smokes the ball for another maximum. RCB are right back on track.
22:55 IST: AB de Villiers' fine form at Chinnaswamy in IPL continues:
22:53 IST: Four and Six! ABD has upped the ante and is sending the bowlers on a leather hunt. First, he smacks the ball over deep mid-wicket for a flat maximum and then slices the ball over covers for the boundary.He also scores his FIFTY!He is on a mission.
22:47 IST: Corey Anderson is the new batsman in.
22:45 IST: OUT! Harshal Patel gets the big wicket of Virat Kohli as Trent Boult takes a blinder at the boundary ropes.A full toss on the pads from the bowler, Kohli leans forward and flicks it with power over square leg but Boult at the boundary not only denied Kohli of a maximum but also dismissed him. Boult times the jump with one of his hand stretched and the ball sticks in his hand. He falls on the ground and is just millimeters away from the ropes. While Kohli stands stunned, Gambhir is elated. This has to be the catch of the season and will not be forgotten easily.
22:43 IST: Four! Harshal Patel strays on the pads and gets punished immediately. De Villiers swivels and heaves the ball on the leg-side boundary.
22:40 IST: Six! Short delivery from Rahul Tewatia, De Villiers rocks back and pulls the ball to perfection. The ball smashes the roof of Chinnaswamy. Up, up and away
22:35 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore 72/2 after 9 overs. They need 103 more runs to win.
22:28 IST: Four! Morris goes full and Kohli says thank you. The Indian captain leans forward and flicks it nonchalantly for yet another boundary. The Delhi bowlers are leaking runs here. Gambhir has to re-assess his bowling options.
22:27 IST: Four! ABD is in his elements today. Smokes Nadeem for three consecutive boundaries. Same delivery from the bowler gets the same treatment from the batsman. RCB are off to a flier, it seems.
22:21 IST: Six! Length ball around off and Kohli gets his first maximum of the evening. The Chinnaswamy is loving this.
22:18 IST: Four! AB de Villiers, the new batsman in, gets off the mark in style as he slams consecutive boundaries off Nadeem. He doesn't want to settle in. He has his foot on the accerelator.
22:16 IST: OUT! A tremendous mix-up in the middle and de Kock has to go. Kohli guides the ball towards point. Kohli started running and a couple of yes and no from both batsmen leaves de Kock stranded in the middle as he gone by a mile. This is not what RCB would want.
22:12 IST: Four! Huge, huge moment in the game. Kohli defends a Nadeem delivery but manages to get a thick edge. The ball flies between the slip and the keeper as no one moves. Will this miss prove costly for the visitors? Kohli gets a reprieve.
22:10 IST: Six! De Kock is getting in the act, sweeps Maxwell for a maximum.
22:08 IST: Virat Kohli is the new batsman in.
22:06 IST: OUT! Glenn Maxwell goes full and Vohra, down on one knee, tries to sweep him for a boundary but manages to get a top edge. Jason Roy at long leg does very well to take a good catch.
22:03 IST: RCB 5/0 after the first over vs DD.
22:01 IST: Four! Good length ball from Boult, de Kock hits the ball on the up as the bat makes a sweet noise. The ball finds the gap and races away to the ropes.
22:00 IST: First ball -- De Kock stands tall and defends the ball.
21:59 IST: Quinton de Kock and Manan Vohra opening the batting for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
21:58 IST: Trent Boult opening the bowling for Delhi Daredevils.
21:57 IST: Welcome to Royal Challengers Bangalore's chase.
21:44 IST: Delhi Daredevils 174/5 (Shreyas Iyer 52, Rishabh Pant 85) in 20 overs vs Bangalore.
21:41 IST: OUT! Slower ball from Corey Anderson does Pant in. He fails to read the ball as he sends it high up in the air and ABD takes a comfortable catch.
21:40 IST: Six! Pant smokes Corey Anderson for a maximum. He comes down the ground and lifts him straight down the ground.
21:38 IST: Four! Three consecutive boundaries from Pant off Woakes leaves Kohli unimpressed. Pant is playing all kind of shots and the bowler is clueless.
21:34 IST: Six! It is raining maximums at the Chinnaswamy. Pant goes inside out and smokes Woakes over the cover for a much-needed maximum. 'Pantastic' reads the giant display TV on the ground.
21:32 IST: Six! Slower delivery from Siraj and Pant says thank you. The left-handed batsman waits, stands tall and slams the ball on the up for a maximum. Easy six for Pant. 15 runs come of the Siraj over.
21:29 IST: Six! Siraj misses the yorker and the low full toss is smoked for a maximum over deep square-leg. Pant is in his elements today. Can he do some damage to the RCB bowling and help his team post a competitive total?
21:27 IST: Four! Woakes goes short and on the leg-side and Pant rolls his wrist over the ball, guiding the ball towards the fine-leg area. Pant also gets his fifty. A brilliant innings from the young left-hander.
21:25 IST: Four! A mistimed shot from Tewatia sees the ball escape the fielder at mid-off narrowly as it goes for a boundary. Delhi will not mind it as far as it adds to their tally of boundaries. Woakes is in disbelief.
21:24 IST: Four! Woakes bowls a good length delivery, angled into Tewatia. The left-handed batsman goes hard at the ball but manages to get a thick edge as the ball rolls away for a boundary.
21:22 IST: SIX and SIX! Pant is taking the attack to the opposition. Consecutive maximum off Chahal. First, he goes straight down the ground. Second, he reverse-sweeps the ball with brute power as the ball crosses the boundary ropes with ease. Pant is edging closer to his fifty.
21:19 IST: Rahul Tewatia is the new man in.
21:18 IST: OUT!! Yuzvendra Chahal gets the big wicket, Maxwell departs cheaply. Flighted delivery on middle and off from Chahal, Maxwell tries his trademark reverse sweep but fails to read the extra bounce as the ball takes the top-edge of the bat and Siraj takes a good diving catch. Kolhi is elated.
21:15 IST: Delhi Daredevils 103/3 (Rishabh Pant 35*, Glenn Maxwell 3*) in 15 overs.
21:08 IST: Glenn Maxwell is the new man in.
21:06 IST: OUT! Washington goes full yet again and gets the wicket. Iyer, looking to slice the ball, miscues and sends the ball straight to short third-man. Iyer will not be pleased with himself. RCB bowlers have struck again as they have broken a dangerous looking partnership. Iyer departs after a well-made half-century.
21:04 IST: SIX! Iyer follows the maximum with another maximum. Washington, around the wicket, bowls wide and full but it does not trouble Iyer. The right-handed batsman reaches for it and slogs it over mid-wicket for a maximum. And he brings up his 50. Well played, Iyer. Gambhir, in the dug-out, is happy.
21:03 IST: SIX! Sundar fires the ball right in Iyer's slot, who clears his front-foot and heaves the ball into the deep mid-wicket stand. The ball travelled miles into the crowd. What a way to start the over. He is closing in on his fifty.
21:02 IST: SIX! Pant, too, is getting in the action. Slower delivery from Siraj, Pant reads it early and clobbers it straight down the ground for a much-needed maximum.
21:01 IST: Four! Mohammed Siraj goes full and is dispatched. Iyer, deep in the crease, clears his front-foot and lifts the ball over cover for a beautiful boundary. Picture perfect from the right-handed batsman.
21:00 IST: 50-run partnership comes up between Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant in the 12th over.
20:57 IST: Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant are treading slowly and are building a partnership, setting a base for their team. Both the batsmen are currently dealing in singles and doubles. RCB have done well with the ball to topple the visitors as they still haven't settled in.
20:54 IST: Four! Woakes goes full and is sent to the boundary straight down the ground. Pant, on strikes, smashes the ball powerfully past the man at mid-off. This eases the pressure.
20:48 IST: Delhi Daredevils 58/2 (Shreyas Iyer 30*, Rishabh Pant 17*) in 10 overs vs Royal Challengers Bangalore.
20:43 IST: SIX! Umesh Yadav goes full on the pads and gets punished immediately. Iyer flicks Umesh over mid-wicket for a boundary at the cow corner region. 50 comes up for the visitors in the 9th over. Umesh ends the match with figures of one for 27.
20:40 IST: Crunched! Umesh Yadav goes short and provides width to Iyer, who quickly gets on the back-foot and cuts it beautifully through point for a boundary. Top shot from the right-handed batsman. He is not going to miss out on those.
20:35 IST: Four! Washington Sundar, the new bowler, gets welcomed to the crease with a boundary on the off-side. Brave shot from Pant as he takes Sundar on and reverse-sweeps him past the man at backward point. Skillfully done.
20:30 IST: 28/2 (Delhi Daredevils) is the lowest Powerplay score in 19 matches so far in IPL 2018.
20:28 IST: Four! Rishabh Pant, the new batsman in, announces his arrival with a boundary. Pant reads the length delivery early, leans back and punches the ball with power through the cover to get off the mark.
20:27 IST: OUT! Jason Roy's struggles against Yuzvendra Chahal comes to end as he was not able to read Chahal's deliveries. Chahal bowls flat and quick delivery, Roy goes back in his crease to pull the ball but gets done in by the lack of bounce. RCB bowlers have been on point till now. With both the openers dismissed, Delhi is in trouble and need to assess the situation to get back in the game.
20:23 IST: Four! Back of a length delivery outside off from Umesh Yadav, Iyer reaches and hits the ball through the gap at cover to collect his second boundary of the over. Much-needed boundary for Delhi Daredevils at this stage.
20:22 IST: Four! Umesh Yadav strays down the leg side and Shreyas guides the ball for the first boundary of the innings towards the fine-leg boundary. The first boundary comes in the fifth over. Top class bowling performance from the hosts.
20:20 IST: Just three runs of the Chahal over. Delhi Daredevils 11/1 after 4 overs.
20:15 IST: An Absolute cracker of a delivery from Chahal first up. The spinner pitches the ball around middle and leg, gets a lot of turn and beats the willow of Jason Roy, who was looking to work the ball around, misses but does well to get back in the crease. A huge appeal for stumping, the on-field umpires goes up. The replay shows that the batsman had his foot planted before the bails were taken off. Jason Roy survives!
20:14 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack.
20:10 IST: Shreyas Iyer is the new batsman in.
20:09 IST: OUT!! Short delivery from Umesh Yadav, Gautam Gambhir looking to pull the ball, miscues and the fielder at short mid-wicket takes a comfortable catch. Gambhir's struggle to middle the ball in this match comes to an end. RCB camp is happy and Virat Kohli is elated.
20:05 IST: Chris Woakes, the new bowler, starts off with a length ball around off, Roy stands tall and plays the ball straight down the ground. However, the ball crashed the stumps and ricocheted off to mid-off.
20:03 IST: Just one run off the first over. Delhi Daredevils 1/0 (Jason Roy 1*, Gautam Gambhir 0*)
20:00 IST: First ball -- Umesh Yadav starts off with a length ball, Jason Roy watches the ball closely and lets it go. Bit of swing for Umesh.
19:59 IST: Umesh Yadav opening the bowling for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
19:58 IST: Alright, game time! Gautam Gambhir and Jason Roy opening the batting for Delhi Daredevils.
19:40 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore playing XI: Quinton de Kock(w), Manan Vohra, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Corey Anderson, Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
19:35 IST: Delhi Daredevils playing XI: Gautam Gambhir(c), Jason Roy, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Glenn Maxwell, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Nadeem, Harshal Patel, Trent Boult
19:32 IST: Gautam Gambhir -- "Would have bowled first too. It's easier to chase in Bangalore. Toss is not in our control. Bowling is something we need to work on. Have conceded 200 runs twice in the tournament. Our batting needs to click as well. Harshal Patel comes in for Shami."
19:31 IST: Virat Kohli -- "We're going to bowl first. There could be rain around. When these things happen, it usually rains in Bangalore. Outfield already wet, could get worse as we go along. Understanding what we need to do in the second half would be helpful. Manan Vohra comes in for Sarfraz Khan. That's the trend in the IPL. 3-4 teams start strong and then one team rises. That's the beauty of the IPL. You have teams in a similar position in different stages of the tournament. That makes it more exciting to play and watch as well."
19:30 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli wins toss, elects to bowl against Delhi Daredevils.
19:15 IST: We are minutes away from the toss, stay tuned.
19:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils straight from M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
However, the main cause of concern for the Bengaluru franchise has been the death bowling as the side has leaked too many runs in the death overs. On the other hand, Delhi too had a poor start to their IPL 2018 campaign after losing their first two games against KXIP and RR. The Gautam Gambhir-led side got their first win against MI.
For Delhi, only Rishabh Pant and Jason Roy have looked good so far with the willow and captain Gautam Gambhir is still to find his form back. In the bowling department, young leggie Rahul Tewatia has scalped six wickets from four games with an economy of 7.13. Pacer Trent Boult also has the same number of wickets but has been slightly expensive. The Bangalore side will, however, be the favorites in Saturday's clash as the hosts enjoy a 12-6 head-to-head record against Delhi Daredevils.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Quinton de Kock, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Manan Vohra, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Mandeep Singh, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Parthiv Patel, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande, Tim Southee, Corey Anderson
Delhi Daredevils: Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, Rishabh Pant, Glenn Maxwell, Gautam Gambhir (captain), Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Daniel Christian, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Trent Boult, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh, Liam Plunkett
When and Where to Watch Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD)
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Bangladesh: TV: GTV and Star Sports.
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