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AB-Kohli’s masterclass keep RCB’s playoff hopes alive

In the 45th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers’ masterclasses guided Royal Challengers Bangalore to a crucial win over Delhi Daredevils and keep themselves alive for a place in the play-offs.

DD rode some power-packed batting by Rishabh Pant and talented teenager Abhishek Sharma to post a challenging total of 181/4. Pant scored  61 runs off 34 balls to help Delhi overcome some early hiccups. The 17-year-old Sharma gave the finishing touches to the innings, smashing his way to 46 runs off just 19 balls to give the hosts a very good chance to clinch the fourth win of a rather forgettable campaign.

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Pant and Shreyas Iyer came together to add 93 runs between over the next 62 deliveries in an attempt to bring the Delhi innings back on track. Pant played a major role in boosting the run rate. His power packed knock included five hits to the fence and four towering sixes.

In reply, RCB lost their openers early and found themselves in all sorts of trouble. When it looked like its all over for them in this year’s IPL, the skipper Virat Kohli (70) along with AB de Villiers (72*) built a massive partnership to bring themselves back into the game.

Though Kohli departed for 70, the South African batsman made sure to take his side over the line and in the end RCB won the match by 5 wickets and with 1 over to spare.

Brief score:

DD 181/4 (20 ov) | Pant 61 (34), Abhisekh 46* (19) | Chahal 2/28
RCB 187/5 (20 ov) | Kohli 70 (40), de Villiers 72* (37) | Boult 2/40

Watch: Villiers’s match winning 72* in 37 balls

Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 5 wickets

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