Bottom dwellers Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ended their disappointing Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign with a 10-run win over sixth-placed Delhi Daredevils in an inconsequential contest at the Ferozeshah Kotla in the capital on Sunday.

Captain Virat Kohli (58; 45b; 3×4, 3×6) shared a 66-run second wicket stand with West Indian Chris Gayle (48; 38b; 3×3, 3×6) as Bangalore reached 161/6 in 20 overs. Delhi was bowled out for 151 in 19.5 overs, losing by 10 runs to finish sixth.

With both teams out of the race for the play-offs, Bangalore, who made five changes to their side, opted to bat. They made a slow start, scoring 37/1 at the end of Powerplay overs (six), with Gayle contributing 32 runs off 24 deliveries.

Opening batsman Vishnu Vinod (3) did not trouble the scorers as he was bowled by Pat Cummins in the fifth ball of the fifth over.

Gayle picked two sixes off pacer right-arm pacer Mohammad Shami but he was far from his usual flow. He struggled with his stroke-making after the Powerplay overs.

But Kohli looked to be in good touch and he provided impetus to the visitors’ innings. His lofted drive off medium pacer Corey Anderson in the first ball of the ninth over was a joy to watch as it completed 50 runs for the southern outfit.

Kohli picked out leg-spinner Amit Mishra for attack and his rasping flicks towards the midwicket against provided the runs Bangalore required in the middle overs.

At the other end, Gayle, who was struggling, was caught by Zaheer Khan at short midwicket off a delivery from left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, with Bangalore at 96/2 in 13.1 overs.

Bangalore lost Travis Had (2) in the following over, after the Australian fell short of completing two runs as Shreyas Iyer threw from the midwicket at the bowling end.

Kohli, meanwhile completed his fifty in 39 deliveries in the final ball of the 15th over with a single to deep cover off a delivery from Zaheer.

Zaheer’s next over saw Kolhi play another delightful flick for a six over midwicket before being failing to clear Nadeem at long-off. It was a big relief for Delhi, having dismissed the visiting skipper in the 17th over.

Kedar Jadhav (12) followed Kohli to the dug-out in the next over after being run out by Cummins with a direct throw from the short third man area at the bowling end. Sachin Baby (12) then was holed out at long-off by Anderson off Cummins, as Bangalore lost sixth wicket with 144 runs on the board.

Later, Pawan Negi milked 13 off five deiveries he faced in the final over he faced from Anderson to take the total beyond 160.

In pursuit of the target, Delhi had a poor start, losing Sanju Samson (0) in the second delivery of the first over bowled by medium pacer Avesh Khan. The responsibility of creating the base then fell on Karun Nair (26) and Shreyas Iyer (32) and the pair did well with a 40-run stand as the former pulled straight into the hands of Jadhav at short midwicket off a delivery from medium pacer Shane Watson.

Iyer then joined hands with Rishabh Pant (45) and another partnership started to blossom. Medium pacer ended the 45-run partnership as he had Iyer caught by Watson at short cover in the fourth ball of the 12th over. Harshal then dealt another blow to Delhi in his next ball as he bowled West Indian veteran batsman Marlon Samuels (0) with a slower delivery to reduce the hosts to 87/4.

Off-spinner Head made further problems for Delhi, removing Anderson (3) and Cummins (7) in the 16th over, as the hosts reeled at 113/ 6, still requiring 49 runs.

In the following over, Harshal sent Pant packing, bowling through his defence to pull the match in favour of Bangalore, with Delhi still needing 43 runs from 3.2 overs.

However, Shami (21; 9b; 3×4, 1×6) delivered some lusty blows to keep Delhi in hunt, as the hosts required 13 runs off the final over. The right-hander was stumped by wicket-keeper Vinod in the second ball of the 20th over bowled by Negi, leaving Delhi to score 12 off four deliveries.A

After couple of deliveries that didn’t yield a run, Negi dismissed Nadeem (2) in the fifth ball, bowling out Delhi for 151.

Brief scores: Bangalore: 161/6 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 58, Chris Gayle 48; Pat Cummins 2/22, Shahbaz Nadeem 1/12). Delhi: 151 all out in 19.5 overs (Rishabh Pant 45, Shreyas Iyer 32; Harshal Patel 3/43, Pawan Negi 2/10, Travis Head 2/30). (IANS Match Report)

Ball-by-ball highlight of the match between Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore

 

 

11: 45 PM IST | 20 overs bowled, DD 151 all out. Royal Challengers Bangalore win by 10 runs

19.6: WICKET! Nadeem is caught at backward square leg by Jadhav

19.5: Nadeem plays another dot

19.4: Nadeem plays a dot

19.3: Zaheer takes a single to extra cover

19.2: WICKET! Shami 21(9) is stumped by Vishnu Vinod, Pawan Negi gets a crucial wicket.  The match hangs in balance. DD 150/9

19.1: Pawan Negi to bowl the last over, starts with a single to Nadeem to mid wicket

11: 38 PM IST | 19 overs bowled, DD 149/8. Delhi Daredevils need 12 runs in 06 balls

18.6: Shami gets an outside edge and ball flies to third man boundary for FOUR

18.5: Leg Byes (1 run); Shami back in strike 

18.4: Shami takes a single to long on

18.3: SIX! Shami strikes straight down the wicket over straight boundary; even Virat Kohli could not get there

18.2: Nadeem gets off the mark with a single to third man

18.1: Avesh Khan into the attack, starts with a single to Shami to long on

11: 32 PM IST | 18 overs bowled, DD 135/8. Delhi Daredevils need 27 runs in 12 balls

17.6: WICKET! Mishra is clean bowled by Pawan Negi, he gets his man

17.5: Mishra plays a dot

17.4: SIX! Mishra comes down the wicket and lofts the ball over straight boundary

17.3: Shami takes a single to long on for a single

17.2: Shami plays a dot 

17.1: Pawan Negi into the attack, Mishra reverse sweeps to backward point for a single 

11: 26 PM IST | 17 overs bowled, DD 127/7. Delhi Daredevils need 35 runs in 18 balls

16.6: FOUR! Shami slaps the ball to sweeper cover

16.5: Shami gets off the mark with a FOUR to fine leg

16.4: WICKET! Harshal Patel had bowled Rishab Pant 45(34) with a slow off cutter; DD 119/7

16.3: Pant plays another dot; slow bouncer by Harshal Patel

16.2: Pant plays dot ball; good slow ball from Harshal Patel

16.1: Rishab Pant welcomes Harshal Patel with a SIX over backward square leg boundary

11: 20 PM IST | 16 overs bowled, DD 113/6. Delhi Daredevils need 49 runs in 24 balls

15.6: WICKET! Pat Cummins 7(3) hands a simple catch to long off fielder Virat Kohli

15.5: SIX! Cummins picks the tossed up ball and lofts it over mid wicket boundary for maximum

15.4: Pant takes a single to long on

15.3: Pat Cummins gets off the mark with a single to leg side

15.2: WICKET! Corey Anderson 3(9) comes out of the crease for a big hit, misses making contact with the ball. Easy stumping by Vishnu Vinod; DD 105/5

15.1: Travis Head into the attack, starts with a single to Pant to mid wicket

11: 14 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, DD 104/4. Delhi Daredevils need 58 runs in 30 balls

14.6: Pant flicks to mid wicket for a single

14.5: Anderson plays to point for a single

14.4: Anderson plays a dot

14.3: Pant takes a single to deep square leg

14.2: Pant flicks to short fine leg for another dot ball

14.1: Shane Watson into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Rishab Pant

11: 09 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, DD 101/4

13.6: Pant pulls to mid wicket for a single

13.5: Anderson takes a quick single to silly point; HUNDRED up for Delhi Daredevils

13.4: Pant takes a quick single to short cover

13.3: FOUR! Pant makes room outside off stump to pull the ball over short fine leg fielder and to the fence

13.2: Pant pushes the ball back to the bowler, no run

13.1: Harshal Patel into the attack, Rishab Pant picks the slow ball and guides to backward point boundary for FOUR runs

11: 03 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, DD 90/4

12.6: Anderson plays a dot of the last ball

12.5: Anderson plays a dot

12.4: Pant takes a single to backward square leg

12.3: Corey Anderson gets off the mark with a single to backward point

12.2: Corey Anderson plays a dot

12.1: Shane Watson into the attack, Pant takes a single to sweeper cover

10: 58 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, DD 87/4

11.6: HAT-TRICK BALL! Corey Anderson plays a dot

11.5: WICKET! Marlon Samuels is clean bowled by Harshal Patel for a duck; DD 87/4

11.4: WICKET! Shreyas Iyer 32(30) slaps the short ball to short cover fielder Shane Watson; DD 87/3

11.3: Pant pulls to mid wicket for a single; RCB bowlers are just bowling at his pads, easy pickings for Rishab Pant

11.2: Shreyas Iyer takes a single to deep mid wicket

11.1: Harshal Patel into the attack, starts with a single to Rishab Pant to backward square leg

10: 50 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, DD 84/2

10.6: Pant pulls to deep mid wicket for a single of the last ball

10.5: FOUR! Pant picks the slow short ball by Watson to backward square leg boundary

10.4: Iyer takes a single to long off

10.3: Swing and a miss for Iyer 

10.2: Pant flicks off the pads to deep square leg for a single

10.1: Shane Watson into the attack, starts with a single to Iyer to mid wicket

10: 45 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, DD 76/2

9.6: Iyer takes a single to sweeper cover of the last ball

9.6: FREE HIT! Iyer guides the ball to fine leg boundary for FOUR

9.5: No BALL! Pant pulls to mid wicket for 1 run

9.4: Pant plays a dot

9.3: Iyer gets to the pitch of the ball to flick the ball to mid wicket for a single

9.2: Iyer plays a dot

9.1: Chahal into the attack, starts with a single to Pant to backward square leg

10: 40 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, DD 67/2

8.6: Iyer flicks to mid wicket for 2 runs

8.5: Pant drives to long off for a single

8.4: SIX! Pant lofts the ball over cover boundary for maximum

8.3: Iyer takes a single to short third man

8.2: FOUR! Iyer lofts the full length ball from Head to mid wicket boundary

8.1: Travis Head continues, starts with 2 runs to Iyer to deep mid wicket

10: 37 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, DD 51/2

7.6: Iyer takes a quick single to cover point of the last ball

7.5: Iyer plays a dot

7.4: Pant pulls to mid wicket for a single; FIFTY up for Delhi Daredevils

7.3: Pant plays a dot; short bouncer by Avesh Khan

7.2: Iyer takes a single to point

7.1: Avesh Khan into the attack, starts with a single to Pant to fine leg

10: 33 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, DD 47/2

6.6: Iyer plays a dot of the last ball

6.5: Iyer flicks the ball to mid wicket for 2 runs

6.4: Iyer plays a dot to mid on

6.3: Pant pushes the ball to extra cover for a single

6.2: Pant pulls to mid wicket for 2 runs

6.1: Travis Head into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Pant

10: 27 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, DD 42/2. End of Power Play

5.6: Iyer plays a dot off the last ball

5.5: Another dot for Iyer

5.4: Iyer plays a dot

5.3: Rishab Pant gets off the mark with a single to mid on

5.2: WICKET! Karun Nair 26(22) tries to pull, mistimes and an easy catch for Kedar Jadhav at short cover

5.1: Shane Watson into the attack, starts with a single to Iyer to short fine leg

10: 22 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, DD 40/1

4.6: Iyer gets a single of the last ball

4.6: WIDE! Harshal Patel drifts to leg side

4.5: Nair takes a single to deep mid wicket

4.4: FOUR! Nair waits for the ball to come to the bat and cuts to square of the wicket boundary; two in a row for Karun Nair

4.3: FOUR! Nair moves towards off stump to scoop the ball to fine leg boundary

4.2: Nair plays a dot

4.1: Harshal Patel into the attack, Nair opens the face of the bat to guide the ball to third man boundary for FOUR runs

10: 15 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, DD 23/1

3.6: Iyer plays a dot off the last ball

3.5: SIX! Iyer dances down the track and gets underneath the pitch of the ball to loft it over long on for a maximum

3.4: Nair pulls to mid wicket for a single

3.3: Nair tries to reverse sweep, does not connect. No run

3.2: Iyer drives to cover for a single

3.1: Chahl continues, starts with a dot ball to Iyer

10: 12 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, DD 17/1

2.6: Nair finishes the over with a cover drive for FOUR

2.5: Nair plays a dot; what an over this has been by Avesh so far

2.4: Nair plays to cover for no run

2.3: Nair plays a dot; very good bowling by Avesh Khan

2.2: Nair plays another dot; Avesh getting bounce off the pitch

2.1: Avesh continues, starts with a dot ball to Nair

10: 08 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, DD 13/1

1.6: Nnair takes a quick single to short fine leg

1.5: Nair plays as dot

1.4: Nair takes a couple to backward square leg

1.3: FOUR! Byes. ball goes pastwicketkeeper and first slip to third man boundary

1.2: FOUR! Karun Nair sweeps the tossed up ball to backward square leg boundary

1.1: Chahal into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Nair

10: 04 PM IST | 1 over bowled, DD 2/1

0.6: Iyer plays a dot off the last ball

0.5: Karun Nair gets off the mark with a single to backward point

0.4: Karun Nair plays a dot

0.3: Shreyas Iyer gets off the mark with a single to third man

0.2: WICKET! Sanju Samson 0(1) goes for the pull shot, hands an easy catch to Virat Kohli at short cover. DD 0/1

0.1: Avesh Khan to being the bowling attack for Royal Challengers Bangalore, starts with a dot ball to Sanju Samson

09: 59 PM IST | The Chase Begins! Delhi Daredevils openers Sanju Samson and Karun Nair are in the middle

09: 44 PM IST | 20 overs bowled, RCB 161/6

19.6: Negi takes a single to end the over

19.5: FOUR! Negi cracks the fuller ball by Anderson to sweeper cover boundary; three in a row for Pawan Negi

19.4: FOUR! Negi once again edges to third man boundary; lucky boundary for RCB

19.3: Pawan Negi gets off the mark with an outside edge and the ball races to third man boundary for FOUR runs

19.2: Pawan Negi plays a dot ball

19.2: WIDE! Second of the over for Corey Anderson

19.1: Watson drags the ball to deep mid wicket for a single

19.1: Corey Anderson to bowl the last over, starts with a WIDE down the leg side

09: 36 PM IST | 19 overs bowled, RCB 145/5

18.6: Watson takes a single to square leg off the last ball

18.5: WICKET! Baby 12(8) tries to go big, ball goes into the orbit. Corey Anderson completes a good catch at long off; RCB 144/8

18.5: WIDE! Slow bouncer from Pat Cummins

18.5: WIDE!

18.4: FOUR! Baby hammers the half volley to straight boundary

18.3: Swing and a miss for Baby 

18.2: Watson takes a single to long on

18.1: Pat Cummins into the attack, Shane Watson gets off the mark with 2 runs to mid on

09: 30 PM IST | 18 overs bowled, RCB 135/5

17.6: baby drives the ball to deep extra cover for FOUR of the last ball

17.5: Baby plays a dot

17.4: WICKET! Kedar Jadhav is run out by Pat Cummins

17.3: Baby takes a single to long on

17.2: Baby takes a couple to deep mid wicket

17.1: Jadhav takes a single to long on

17.1: Shami starts the over with a WIDE ball

09: 23 PM IST | 17 overs bowled, RCB 126/4

16.6: Leg byes (1 run)-, Jadhav retains strike

16.5: SIX! Jadhav lofts the ball over long on

16.4: Sachin Baby gets off the mark with an inside edge to short fine leg for a single

16.3: WICKET! Virat Kohli 58(45) wanted to go big, mistimes the half-volley straight to long off fielder Nadeem; Zaheer gets the big fish

16.2: SIX! Virat Kohli lofts the juicy full toss over mid wicket boundary for maximum

16.1: Zaheer into the attack, starstw ith a dot ball to Kohli

09: 17 PM IST | 16 overs bowled, RCB 112/3

15.6: Jadhav flicks the ball to long on for 2 runs

15.5: Swing and a miss for Jadhav; that was fast and yorker by Pat Cummins

15.4: Virat Kohli drives to long on for a single

15.3: Swing and a miss for Virat Kohli

15.2: Jadhav guides the full toss to mid wicket for a single

15.1: Pat Cummins into the attack, Kohli gets a single to backward square leg

09: 13 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, RCB 107/3

14.6: Virat Kohli takes a single to cover for a single; FIFTY for Kohli

14.5: Jadhav drives the ball to extra cover for a single

14.4: Kohli takes a single to long off

14.3: Kedar Jadhav gets off the mark with a single to mid wicket

14.2: Kohli takes a single to square leg

14.1: Zaheer into the attack, Virat pushes to mid wicket for 2 runs. Shreyas Iyer picks the ball and Zaheer Khan rattles the stumps at the non-striker end. Replay says Travis Head is OUT

09: 07 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, RCB 101/2

13.6: Virat Kohli takes a single to backward square leg for a single off the last ball

13.5: Head takes a single to long on; HUNDRED up for RCB

13.4: Kohli takes a single to mid wicket

13.3: Kohli plays a dot

13.2: Travis Head gets off the mark with a single to short fine leg

13.1: WICKET! Nadeem strikes with the first ball, Chris Gayle 48 (38) hads a simple catch to Zaheer at mid on. RCB 96/2

09: 00 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, RCB 96/1

12.6: Gayle takes a single to long off for a single

12.5: Virat Kohli takes a quick single to point

12.4: Gayle plays in the air to long on for a single

12.3: Virat Kohli flicks the ball to mid wicket for a single

12.2: Gayle takes a single to long on

12.1: Corey Anderson continues, starts with a single to Kohli off side

08: 56 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, RCB 90/1

11.6: Kohli takes a single to cover off the last ball

11.5: FOUR! Virat Kohli gets to the pitch of the delivery to flick it between deep mid wicket and long on

11.4: SIX! Virat Kohli pull the short ball over deep mid wicket

11.3: Gayle punches the ball to long off for a single

11.2: SIX! Gayle picks the half tracker from Mishra and lofts it over mid wicket for a maximum

11.1: Mishra into the attack, starts with a single to Virat Kohli to mid wicket

08: 52 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, RCB 71/1

10.6: Virat Kohli takes a single off the last ball to mid off

10.5: Gayle flicks the ball to mid wicket for a single

10.4: Virat Kohli takes a single to short cover

10.3: Virat Kohli pushes the ball back to the bowler, no run

10.2: Gayle plays to long off for a single

10.1: Corey Anderson into the attack, starts with a single to Kohli

08: 49 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, RCB 66/1

9.6: Virat Kohli takes a single off the last ball to cover point

9.5: Another dot to Kohli

9.4: Virat Kohli plays a dot

9.3: FOUR! Virat Kohli flicks the ball to fine leg boundary

9.2: Gayle sweeps the ball to backward square leg for a single

9.1: Nadeen into the attack, starts with a single to Virat Kohli to long on

08: 44 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, RCB 59/1

8.6: Virat Kohli drives to extra cover for a single off the last ball

8.5: Gayle takes a quick single to mid off

8.4: Virat Kohli top edges the ball to backward point for a single

8.3: Virat Kohli plays a dot

8.2: Virat Kohli plays to mid wicket for 2 runs

8.1: Corey Anderson into the attack, Virat Kohli welcomes with a stunning SIX over deep extra cover

08: 39 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, RCB 48/1

7.6: Gayle plays a dot to end the over

7.5: Virat Kohli drives the ball to long on for a single

7.4: Virat Kohli plays a dot

7.3: FOUR! Virat Kohli places the ball between deep mid wicket and long on

7.2: Virat Kohli punches the ball to long on for 2 runs

7.1: Amit Mishra into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Virat Kohli

08: 36 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, RCB 41/1

6.6: Virat Kohli takes a quick single to mid on off the last ball

6.5: Virat Kohli plays a dot

6.4: Gayle takes a quick single to point

6.3: Virat Kohli takes a quick single to cover point

6.2: Gayle takes a single to square leg

6.1: Pat Cummins to continue, starts with a dot ball to Gayle

08: 28 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, RCB 37/1. End of Power Play

5.6: Gayle plays to mid on for a single off the last ball

5.5: Gayle plays a dot

5.4: Virat Kohli gets off the mark with a single to deep mid wicket

5.3: Virat Kohli plays a dot to cover

5.2: Gayle takes a quick single to mid on

5.1: Shami continues, Gayle puches the good length ball to long on boundary for FOUR

08: 24 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, RCB 30/1

4.6: Virat Kohli is the new batsman, starts with a dot to end the over

4.5: WICKET! Vishnu Vinod 3(9) gets an inside edge to drag the ball to his stumps; Delhi gets early break

4.4: Vishnu plays a dot

4.3: Gayle takes a single to on side

4.2: Vishnu takes a quick single to mid on

4.1: Pat Cummins into the attack, starts with a single to Gayle to fine leg

08: 18 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, RCB 27/0

3.6: Vinod plays a dot to cover off the last ball

3.5: Gayle takes a single to long off

3.4: SIX! Gayle picks the slow short ball by Shami and pulls it over mid wicket for a maximum

3.3: Vinod plays to deep backward point for a single

3.2: Vinod  plays a dot

3.1: Shami continues, starts with a dot ball to Vinod

08: 14 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, RCB 19/0

2.6: Gayle plays another dot to end the over

2.5: Gayle plays a dot

2.4: Vishnu Vinod gets off the mark with a single to mid wicket

2.3: Gayle plays on the up tp long off for a single

2.2: Gayle plays a dot; that ball almost got the edge of his bat

2.1: Zaheer continues, starts with a dot ball to Gayle

08: 10 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, RCB 17/0

1.6: Vishnu Vinod plays a dot off the last ball

1.5: Gayle plays to square leg for a single

1.4: Gayle plays to cover point for a dot; good change of pace by Shami

1.3: Gayle plays to short fine leg for a dot; Pat Cummins saves a certain boundary

1.2: SIX! Gayle swings hard, top edge carries the ball over third man boundary for maximum

1.1: Shami into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Gayle

08: 05 PM IST | 1 over bowled, RCB 10/0

0.6: Gayle ends the over with a single

0.5: Gayle plays a dot

0.4: FOUR! Gayle sits in the crease and flicks the ball to deep mid wicket; easy picking for Chris Gayle

0.4: WIDE!

0.3: Chris Gayle gets off the mark with FOUR to fine leg; first runs on board for RCB

0.2: Chris Gayle plays a dot; hint of swing for Zaheer Khan

0.1: Zaheer Khan begins the bowling attack, starts with a dot ball to Chris Gayle 

07: 58 PM IST | Match Begins! Royal Challengers Bangalore openers Chris Gayle and Vishnu Vinod are in the middle to start the start the proceedings

07: 40 PM IST | Here is the final playing XI for Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore

Team Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (c), Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (w), Marlon Samuels, Corey Anderson, Pat Cummins, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem

Team Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Chris Gayle, Vishnu Vinod, Travis Head, Kedar Jadhav (w), Shane Watson, Sachin Baby, Pawan Negi, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal

 

 

07: 30 PM IST | TOSS TIME! Royal Challengers Bangalore Captain Virat Kohli has won the toss and decided to bat first against Delhi Daredevils at  Ferozeshah Kotla ground in the capital.

07: 15 PM IST | PREVIEW!

Delhi has once again been hugely inconsistent this season. Their bowling line-up, on paper at least, is one of the strongest in the IPL but has failed to step up to the occasion.

The batting has also been inconsistent as their top and middle-order batsmen failed to click in unison.

Looking to salvaging some pride, the Zaheer Khan led side, however, can take some positives ahead of the match as they are coming off two successive wins.

In terms of batting, all eyes will be on youngsters Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Karun Nair. Apart from Zaheer, Amit Mishra, Pat Cummins, Mohammad Shami will shoulder the bowling responsibility.

For Royal Challengers Bangalore, the season has been marred by failures in every department and also injuries to key players.

Unlike the previous seasons, RCB’s batting has been the biggest disappointment with the likes of Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Kohli himself not stepping up.

RCB’s three leg-spinners — Yuzvendra Chahal (14 wickets), Pawan Negi (13) and Samuel Badree (9 wickets) have been the only ones who stood up and Delhi will be wary of that threat. (IANS)

07: 05 PM IST | Hello and a very warm welcome to our live IPL blog for Match 56 of the 2017 Vivo IPL between Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in the capital.

First Published | 14 May 2017 6:55 PM
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