Daredevils eliminated as RCB edge entertaining clash

Chris Woakes is going through a rough patch for Royal Challengers Bangalore Indian Premier League 2018

Chris Woakes is going through a rough patch for Royal Challengers Bangalore Indian Premier League 2018

Daredevils, who are already out of contention, suffered their ninth defeat in 12 games to remain stuck at the bottom of the points table. 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. The young guns Abhishek Sharma was one of three IPL debutants for Delhi alongside Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane and South African pacer Junior Dala.

The Daredevils' tally swelled from 120-4 to 181-4 as they allowed Sharma to step into Pant's shoes, notching 21 in a 22-run 17th over to set a far more hard target for the visitors.

Making his IPL debut with Delhi Daredevils, Sandeep Lamichhane then nullified Parthiv Patel (6 runs off 8 balls) in the third over. It's a tough situation to play in but RCB can hold on to that way outside chance, mathematical permutations and hope of some other teams - Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians - misfiring collectively. Returning to his home groung, Kohli showed his tremendous wrist work, clearing the short boundaries at will and taking the game away from Delhi.

Rahul continued his scintillating form in the IPL by smacking two fours and seven sixes as Punjab's top order crumbled around him. He did it with a clean lofted drive off Trent Boult. Wanted to finish it with three overs to spare, and get the net run-rate up.

The weather isn't expected to intervene on Monday and it could be a hard toss to call given Kolkata's winning total although the two previous games both went to the chasing side. Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal also admitted that they need to be more accurate in the death overs.

The batting trio of Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, and Rishabh Pant, have all performed exceptionally well.

The innings gathered momentum when Pant hit Mohammed Siraj for consecutive sixes - one off the back foot and the other off the front - in the eight over, which was the paceman's first of the night.

Post-match, Kohli took to Instragram expressing his admiration for de Villiers batting.

Luck was also on his side as Sharma was dropped by Siraj at third man and to add insult to the injury, the ball deflected from his hands to the ropes. In the 17th over bowled by Tim Southee he picked up sixes off back-to-back balls to stun the visitors not a little.

The 17-year-old innings comprised four sixes and three boundaries.

Pant was in no mood to follow his team-mates, though, as a sublime nine boundaries - including a pair of sixes in the eighth over - brought up 61 runs off 34 balls, before finally bowing out to De Villiers' catch from a Moeen Ali delivery.

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