Royal Challengers Bangalore still mathematically have a chance to make it to the playoffs, although they now need to win all the matches and hope for a number of favourable results. RCB, on the other hand will look forward to put their everything to win this match.
If RCB would've thought they had pulled things back and at least saved about 20 runs from the total after dismissing Pant, they were surprised by the dynamism of a 17-year-old from Punjab.
Kohli took a leaf out of Delhi's game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad and opted to chase with dew playing a part in the second-half of the innings. But Kohli and De Villiers guided their team through troubled waters and ensured they overhaul the target quite comfortably.
Abhishek slammed four sixes and three fours during his brief entertaining innings towards the end.
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In the next over, the 17-year-old greeted Tim Southee with a four and two sixes. Earlier, Pant continued his destructive form before Sharma impressed immensely on his IPL debut. Lamichhane too stood out with his performance as he took Parthiv Patel's wicket and conceded 25 runs in four overs. He ended up with figures of 0 for 34 in three overs. Unfortunately, his knock went in vain as the Sunrisers were able to chase down the target of 188 easily. A little later Chahal sent back Jason Roy in a similar fashion as the Englishman failed to read the wrong one off the Indian spinner's hands, leaving Delhi at 16/2 in the third over.
Rishabh Pant (61) and skipper Shreyas Iyer (32) revived Delhi's innings after legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal (2-28) removed both openers in his first two overs.
With the asking rate hovering around 8.5 runs an over, de Villiers and Kohli took on Harshal Patel in the 13th over to take 19 runs off their former teammate which brought the equation down to 50 off 42. Pant, who smashed an epic 63-ball 128 here on Thursday night, pulverised the visitors' attack yet again.
De Villiers got into his stride when he smacked Amit Mishra over long-off in the legspinner's first over. Pant immediately smote the legspinner for a six off the first ball and followed up with a boundary which brought up his fifty off only 27 balls. Delhi were 99/2 in the 12thover with skipper Shreyas Iyer batting at the other end. Patel was looking for a sweep, misses the ball.
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Kohli completed his half-century in the ninth over after directing a Junior Dala delivery beyond the rope for four runs.
But de Villiers, who hit six sixes and four boundaries in his 37-ball knock, made sure Bangalore didn't suffer any more hiccups and raised the victory by smashing Trent Boult (2-40) over the long off boundary.
Pant, who slammed his maiden IPL century in the previous game, remained at his destructive best with 34-ball 61 while Sharma, who hammered an unbeaten 46 off 19 balls, was one of three IPL debutants for Delhi alongsideNepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane and South African pacer Junior Dala.
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