IPL: Virat Kohli hits fifty as Royal Challengers Bangalore earn consolation win

IPL: Virat Kohli hits fifty as Royal Challengers Bangalore earn consolation win

IPL: Virat Kohli hits fifty as Royal Challengers Bangalore earn consolation win

Royal Challengers Bangalore got the better of Delhi Daredevils by 10 runs to end their forgettable campaign in the Indian Premier League 10 on a positive note, here tonight.

Today both the teams have nothing to lose and hence the expectation would be there that they would play fearless cricket and give the fans a chance to have a great outing at the Frerozshah Kotla ground.

The home side needed 13 in the final over after Mohammed Shami slammed debutant pacer Avesh Khan for a six and a four.

Skipper Virat Kohli (58 off 45 balls) struck a half century for RCB in the victory as his side posted 161-6 batting first. Big-hitting opener Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers were major disappointments as was Shane Watson, who conceded it was his worst IPL season ever. Pawan Negi had excellent returns of 3 for 10 in two overs, while Travis Head picked up two wickets in three overs. After Samson's wicket in the first over, Karun Nair and Shreyas Iyer built a partnership of 41 before Nair fell in the sixth over.

While Kohli amassed 973 runs last season to propel his team into the final, the 28-year-old has scored only 250 runs after missing the first few game due to injury. 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). Together, they took Daredevils to 76 for two, needing 86 runs off 60 balls, at the halfway stage.

The 12th over was crucial as seamer Harshal Patel dealt RCB a double blow when he sent back Iyer and Marlon Samuels off successive deliveries.

The hosts reached 100 in the 14th over with Pant looking in good nick.

However, his opening partner Vishnu Vinod was dismissed early and cheaply (3 off 9) when Pat Cummins rattled his stumps in his very first over.

Kohli, the local lad, would thus find huge support at Kotla for as long as he's present in the field.

Virat showed no signs of slowing down and Amit Mishra was his next victim as he pummeled the leg spinner for a six and a four in the 12th over.

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. Gayle made 48 from 38 balls, and his innings included three boundaries and as many sixes.

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